Chronicle of the Geopark

25.08.1996
Opening of the Schieferpfad. The Schieferpfad is the first geo-path leading from Gräfenthal through Probstzella to Lehesten.

Summer 2003
The first serious consideration of a Geopark in the Slate Mountains by Mr Dally, Prof. Dr Roth and Dr Schade, independently of one another, and preliminary talks with the TLUG.

26.01.2004
Positive statement by TLUG

01.09.2005
Commissioned by the association "Naturpark Thüringer Schiefergebirge / Obere Saale" e.V. to develop a geotouristic potential analysis for the Thuringian region of the Slate Mountains.

13.10.2005
Information event of the Nature Park in the Thuringian slate park

22.09.2006
Information meeting of the Nature Park in the Morassina Mine

May 2007
Geotourism and Geopark information event with the presentation of a feasibility study by Dr. Tragelehn (2007a) in Ludwigsstadt

29.07.2007
Naming "Geopark Schieferland"

28.09.2007
Presentation of the discussion basis for a feasibility study regarding a Franconian-Thuringian geopark in the region of the Thuringian Slate Mountains / Franconian Forest (TRAGELEHN; 2007a)

 

06.11.2007
Meeting of the chairmen of the nature parks – initial idea for Geopark Schieferland

07.10.2008
Public presentation of the feasibility study in Bad Lobenstein

17.06.2009
Signing of the contract for the three nature parks in the Lehesten slate park

10.11.2010
Corporate Design for Geopark Schieferland commissioned

04.03.2011
Completion of the Geopark Schieferland corporate design

14.09.2011
Presentation of the first joint Geopath brochure "Saalepfad" with the Geopark Schieferland corporate design

19.12.2017
Foundation of the association Geopark Schieferland in Franken e. V.

July 2018
Award to Stockheimer Steinkohle as representative for "Bavaria's Stone of the Year 2018 - Hard Coal"

May 2019 
Award to Schallersbruch by Ludwigsstadt as representative for "Bavaria's Stone of the Year 2019 - Slate"