Museum of the Crau : Through educational panels, animated films, slide shows, archaeological objects and multimedia terminals, the exhibition addresses the major issues Crau territory, natural heritage of this Mediterranean steppe, and conservation missions CEN PACA and Agricultural Chamber of the Bouches-du-Rhône, co managers Nature Reserve coussouls Crau. Will culminate, an animated film directed by Eric Serre.
National Nature Reserve of Coussouls of Crau Plain of Crau is a semi- arid steppe 60 000 ha located at the gates of Arles, between the Alpilles and the Mediterranean. This steppe, also called " Coussoul " is covered with pebbles deposited by the Durance in his former delta for millions of years. On the barren appearance, this steppe plant houses a unique association in the world and fauna whose richness and composition have no equivalent in France. This is the only one of Sandgrouse breeding site in the country. Poorly understood and often considered a great barren steppe, the plain of the Crau, threatened by various development projects has almost disappeared. The outstanding features of this vast natural area lead Conservatory of natural areas in Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur to show interest in the 70s and to work for its preservation through various protection tools. CEN PACA and Hall Saint-Martin-de-Crau create, in 1987, the Ecomuseum, to raise awareness and enhance the natural and human heritage of the Crau. After years of consultation, the National Nature Reserve Coussouls Crau was created in 2001 by ministerial decree. She is co-managed since 2004 by the CEN PACA and Agricultural Chamber of the Bouches-du-Rhône, ensuring long-term protection of 7,500 acres of coussouls. An interpretive trail, " the Draille of Coussouls " also called " Skin Meau ", located in the heart of the Reserve, to discover the Crau.