Conservation holidays take place mainly in Estonian

The conservation holidays that are marked as "International" will take place in English. Other conservation holidays will take place in Estonian. Most of our group leaders speak English, so it is possible to join Estonian-speaking conservation holidays. However, one must take into account that local volunteers in the group will probably converse mainly in Estonian. If You have any questions, please contact

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Conservation holidays

are becoming more and more popular throughout the world. It’s a way of holidaying that combines recreational activities with much needed conservation work. ELF Conservation Holidays or talgud consist of voluntary conservation work, getting to know the area, a hike and meeting the local ranger or guide. Holidays normally lasts 3-5, but sometimes up to 10 days. Evening activities include camp-fires and saunas.


The descriptions are available in Estonian site. Modern online translation tools can be helpful for finding out more about the events. If you don't speak any Estonian, we advise you to contact us via before booking a place.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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History of ELFi talgud

Estonian Fund for Nature (ELF) started organizing voluntary activities in 2001. Since then we have held 916 events on different sites, with more than 15 138 participants who contributed over 131 368 hours of work. Conservation holiday is called TALGUD in Estonian.

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