History of Kaeferberg


eco-school project vegetarian day & cooking

Director am Kaeferberg

Since the 2020/2021 school year, the school and KITA at Käferberg has been part of the Eco-Schoolsnetwork.

As an educational program, Eco-Schools promotes concrete measures for a more sustainable functioning of schools. At the same time, it puts education for sustainable development at the center by creating numerous references to curriculum 21.

The Eco-Committee brings together

  • Experts who support the school community with advice and expertise on the annual Eco-Schools
    project, and
  • School staff who, as the driving force, coordinate the implementation of the chosen measures and
  • Children at middle school (4th to 6th class)



Anna McPherson

Anna McPherson leads the implementation of the Eco-School project with the primary school students.

When the school asked me to head up the eco-school project, I must admit, I was nervous. Like most people, I suspect that I’m doing things that are bad for the planet, but what can I change? or more to the point, what do I want to change? The topic is vast and eco warriors can be pretty scary.

Focusing on the positive, I did some research and discovered that like most people, I’m not completely terrible, but I could make a few simple choices that would make a huge difference.

We’ve decided to take food sustainability as our main topic. Starting with the children, our aim is to help the school community to understand more about why it’s important to know where our food comes from, how to make healthy and sustainable choices, how to reduce food and water waste and how to cook delicious and healthy food.

Our aim is that our informed and proactive children, parents, staff and school community will find some action points that they can take forward for a healthier more sustainable future.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/anna-mcpherson-8b3b92142/

Yvonne Avaro

Dr. Yvonne Avaro

Dr. Yvonne Avaro is a marketing expert, consumer researcher and consultant for sustainability for companies in Switzerland.

She is also a lecturer at the university, where she introduces her students to the world of marketing with a special focus on sustainability marketing. She is a participant in the Homeward Bound sustainable leadership program https://homewardboundprojects.com.au.

For you personally, sustainability means making better decisions for your environment and the environment on a daily basis. The dimension of sustainability must also be built into daily business decisions to achieve the goal of preserving our planet for our children.

LinkedIn: https://linkedin.com/in/yvonne-avaro

Ronny Jahnel

Ronny Jahnel

Ronny Jahnel is a trained chef and federal gastronomy manager with 20 years of international experience in the upscale gastronomy and hotel business. Furthermore, he will complete his further education as Dipl. Marketing & Sales Manager NDS HF in early 2021. He has already travelled to over 50 countries and combines his cultural experiences with the development of healthy and sustainable food concepts.

«Creating an awareness and respect for food is the cornerstone of sustainable nutrition in harmony
with nature.»

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ronny-jahnel-19a80b/

Ursula Teubert

Ursula Teubert

Ursula Teubert is committed to sustainability as a parent representative and coordinates the eco-school programme.

With over 20 years of experience in research, development and innovation as a graduate mechanical engineer, she now supports organizations in the area of innovation and change management. She is very interested in sustainable systems and their implementation in everyday life and work.

“The future is not a stroke of fate, but the consequence of the decisions we make today.” (Franz Alt)

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ursulateubert/


The Käferberg – a mountain with several names

In Wipkingen, the mountain is called Käferberg, but in Höngg it is known as Waidberg. It extends as far as Oerlikon.

Käferberg and the Käferholzstrasse are named after a forest with a large collection of beetles.

Together with ramparts and entrenchments, the Käferberg was part of the so-called third town fortification in the 17th century. The city wall or fortifications of Zurich were demolished in the 19th century, because they were of no military value and hindered the growth of the city and traffic, especially at the gates.


Even today there are still large areas of agricultural land on the Käferberg / Waidberg in the immediate vicinity of „Science City“ (ETH Hönggerberg).

History of Am Käferberg School and KITA

Originally, the School, Kindergarten and Day care centre were located at Griesernweg 26, directly on the Käferberg Mountain in Zürich.

Am Käferberg was founded in 2003, by a group of parents, to educate and care for children aged between 2 months and 12 years. Since 2006, it has been run by Natalie Lutz alone.

In March 2020, the Käferberg KITA moved from Griesernweg 26 in Oerlikon, to the new spacious premises at Gubelhangstrasse 6. The old property was demolished. At the same time as the move, KITA Käferberg was renamed Am Käferberg Schule & KITA.

At Am Käferberg School and KITA we follow concepts that promote independence and personal responsibility, such as The Maria Montessori method. The daily routine is structured in such a way that the care of the children and their education interlock. The teachers are responsible for both care and education.

The philosophies according to Maria Montessori and Emmi Pickler

We would like to outline the basic attitude of Maria Montessori and Emmi Pickler with the following two quotes:

Help me do it myself. (Maria Montessori)

Give me time (Emmi Pickler)

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Swiss Emmi Pikler Association
Key statements from Emmi Pikler

LOGO AM Käferberg

Children should discover the world through true-to-life examples. This is what the scientific drawing of the May beetle stands for. Which gave the Käferberg its name.