Occupying the territory situated between the Alpes de Haute Provence and the Var departments, the Réserve Naturelle Géologique de Haute Provence protects and extends the value of the geological sites, fossils, and folded and broken mountain landscapes of the Alpine massif. It contributes to better public awareness of the history of the Earth, providing the key to its better understanding and promoting a better living environment for everyone.
« From vine into grapes: winegrowing in Haute Provence » is the Musée du Moyen Verdon’s new exhibition. It explains the history of wine around Castellane, the way vine was cultivated, the way grapes were harvested and transformed, the traditions and symbols related to wine-making…
Founded in 1984, the Réserve Naturelle Géologique de Haute Provence arises from the willingness to protect and expose the territory’s geological wealth. Over time, its geographic reach has extended, and it has grown today to have 59 communes covering about 2300 km².
Being labeled, this territory is a member of the Global Geopark Network and the European Geopark Network supported by UNESCO since 2000.
The Réserve Naturelle Géologique de Haute Provence has a unique geological heritage. Certain sites such as the slab of ammonites in Digne les Bains, sirens in Castellane or the Barrémien stratotype section in Angles made it famous all over the wolrd.
Thanks to its managed territory, the Réserve Naturelle Géologique de Haute Provence can be visited as an absolute open-air museum to learn to read the land as an open book.
Visitors’ circuits and discovery trails are accessible to everyone at the museum information points of Castellane, Sisteron and Digne les Bains. Therefore, by discovering the Réserve Naturelle Géologique de Haute Provence you will embark on an immense journey through time and space.
The access to the eighteen geological sites classified as natural reserves is allowed but the extraction or collection of all forms of fossil resources is prohibited. On the rest of the territory, the extraction is prohibited but the collection of naturally released forms of fossils is tolerated if limited.
Réserve Naturelle Géologique de Haute-Provence
Montée Bernard Dellacasagrande – BP 156
04005 Digne-les-Bains Cedex
Tél : 04 92 36 70 70 Fax : 04 92 36 70 71
E-mail : contact[at]resgeol04.org
Website : www.resgeol04.org