Tervete Nature Park

Location: 75 km (47 mi) South of Riga

Info: pagasta eka, 6376 3472


Anna Brigadere Museum

Spridisi Tel. 2653 2691

Open: May- Oct: 10am- 5pm Wed- Sun

Tervete History Museum


Tel. 2989 6804

Open: May- Sep: 10am- 5pm Tue- Sun

Tervete Nature Park


Tervete Nature Park is situated 75 km (47 mi) South of Riga in Latvia. It only takes about one hour to get from the Latvian capital. The paths are well marked and easy to follow. Most of the Tervete Nature Park lies in the pine forests. Some of the trees are over 300 years old. Additionally to clean and healthy air the forest might be interesting to the kids. The natural park contains several playgrounds with fairly tale houses and sculptures. Additionally you can find historic medieval ruins of the Dobele Castle as well as ancient castle mounds. Another popular destination in the Tervete Nature park is a Swans Lake. Boats are available for rent if you feel like exploring the quiet banks of the lake. Additionally you can spend the whole day fishing, bird watching or swimming. Most of the tourists try to make here during Zemgalians Festival and Craftsmen Fair that are held here annually.



The first tree plantings were made in Kalnmuiža park. Dendrological plantings in Tērvete "Sprīdīši" owned by Anna Brigadere were started in 1931. In 1932, the Tērvete tuberculosis sanatorium was built in the style of functionalism (architect A. Klinklāvs, reliefs of K. Zemdega). In 1935, 523 trees and shrubs belonging to 467 species and varieties were planted near Sprīdīši. In 1945, the resort forests of Tērvete were included in the list of Group I forests, which included forests - natural monuments and forests of suburban green areas. In 1957, the Tērvete forest massif called Kalnamuižas sils (total area 960 ha) was one of the largest nature protection objects in Latvia.

In 1963, the Ministry of Forestry and Forest Industry of the Latvian SSR granted funding for the establishment of the Tērvete Forest Landscape Park. The improvement works of the park took place under the leadership of Miķelis Kļaviņš (1958–1973), the deputy forester of Tērvete forestry, who created the following components of the landscape park:

Solar mood park with Iršu Garden, Holy (Swedish) Hill, Tērvete Castle Mound, Tērvete Parish Building and Anna Brigadere Museum "Sprīdīši";
Old pine park with more than 100 years old pines;
Fairytale forest with wooden sculptures by Krišjānis Kugras;
Landscapes of Pļavnieki, Silalībietis and Auziņi;
Tērvete sanatorium new park and Kalnamuiža old park;
Chester Forest behind Tērvete Lutheran Church;
Mežavoti forest in the vicinity of Melno mill or behind the Black Pub.

On his initiative, a project of Zemgale National Park was developed in 1969, which, however, was not implemented. In 1975, the nature park came under the control of Dobele forestry, and from 1988 as part of Tērvete forestry. The 1999 Regulations of the Cabinet of Ministers of Latvia “On Nature Parks” approved the nature park “Tērvete” as a protected territory. From 2000, the management of the nature park was taken over by the Zemgale Forestry Recreation and Hunting Division, and from 2004 - the “Recreation and Hunting” Park Division.

In 2005, the nature park “Tērvete” was included in the European network of specially protected nature territories Natura 2000. A Tourism Information Center was established in the park, which provides information about the nature park “Tērvete” and other tourism objects of Tērvete region. Trained guides accompany groups of tourists in the nature park. The association "Tērvete Development Association" operates in the nature park.

Functional zoning
According to the Nature Park's Individual Protection and Use Regulations 2008 (No. 513), it has the following functional areas:

Nature reserve zone for the protection of specially protected forest habitats, biologically valuable old forests, rare and specially protected species and their habitats;
Nature park area to preserve the characteristic ecosystems, cultural and historical environment and landscape, as well as recreational resources;
Neutral zone to promote the development and sustainable economic use of the territory.


Protected habitats

The largest areas are occupied by boreal forests (naturally old pine forests), which are especially important for the preservation of biodiversity and the characteristic landscape of the nature park. The protected area represents 11 specially protected habitats in Latvia and 9 in Europe: boreal forests - 117.7 ha, mixed broad-leaved forests - 22.0 ha, slope and ravine forests - 3.11 ha, a complex consisting of wet broad-leaved forests and mineral-rich springs and spring bogs - 36.3 ha, black alder sedges - 0.3 ha, dry meadows in calcareous soils - 11.6 ha, moderately moist meadows - 11.7 ha and plain to mountain level watercourses with Ranunculion fluitantis and Callitricho-Batrachion vegetation - 3.5 ha.