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8-10 August 2019; register now.

If you are intrigued by medicinal plants, and want to know more about the origins of phytotherapy, the chemistry that underlies it and how to identify, collect and prepare remedies from plants, this workshop “For All” is for you! Led by a botanist from the Austral University of Chile, but presented in a language for non-scientists, the workshop places special emphasis on the care that must be taken when using medicinal plants. It will include theoretical and practical sessions as well as fun exercises and activities to facilitate participants’ learning. The program will cover the origins of phytotherapy, how to use medicinal plants, the dangers associated with their use (dose, mis-identification, etc.), when to use them, and plant-based mainstream medicines. We will make several visits to the native forest surrounding Katalapi’s classrooms to learn the correct way to collect plants, and how to create a medicinal herbarium, taking special care over how to correctly identify plants. We will study the active components in these plants, and their uses. We will also prepare some of the most common plant-based medicines. The workshop will be directed by Yessica Perez, botanist at Chile’s Austral University in Valdivia.


The workshop costs $145,000 chilean pesos (about US$210) and includes lodging and all meals at Katalapi Park. It will be held in Spanish. To register, please fill out send the registration form to . Or you can register through this Google form. In either case, you must deposit $30,000 chilean pesos. The rest of the fee may be paid up to 10 days prior to the start of the workshop.



Course registration open until 15 October 2019.


Katalapi Park has once again joined forces with the Universities of La Frontera, Concepción and Austral de Chile to offer the innovative international post-graduate course “Photosynthesis Ecophysiology: Theoretical and Practical Approaches.” The course will be held at Katalapi Park, in the midst of a temperate rain forest, from 9 - 16 January, 2020. It comprises 84 class hours, divided between theory, laboratory and field work. Practical sessions on gaseous interchange and the measurement of fluorescence will be an important part of the course.

The organizing committee is headed by Dr León Bravo of the Universidad de La Frontera (Temuco), with the collaboration of Drs Patricia Sáez and Lohengrin Cavieres of the Universidad de Concepción, and Rafael Coopman of the Universidad Austral de Chile. An important group of international specialists will be attend the course, including Jaume Flexas, Jeroni Galmés and Jorge Gago from UIB, Spain; Ignacio García-Plazaola (UPV/EHU, Spain), Sergi Munne-Bosch (UB, Spain), Ülo Niinemets (EULS, Estonia), Ingo Ensminger (UT, Canada), Claudio Pastenes (UCh, Chile) y Néstor Fernández (UdeC, Chile). A group of technical experts from the company Li-cor will provide training and technical advice about simultaneous measurements of gaseous interchange and fluorescence using the photosynthetic analyzers Li-6400 and Li-680.

If you are interested in attending, please complete the registration form and send it to before15 October, 2019. The course costs $220,000 chilean pesos for students and $350,000 chilean pesos for everyone else. Price includes all meals and housing in Katalapi Park for the duration of the course.


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The honor recognizes the park’s longstanding efforts and achievements on behalf of conservation in a private nature reserve.


Catherine Kenrick, of the Parque Andino Juncal, received the Elisa Corcuera Achievement Award during the annual assembly of Así Conserva Chile (ACCh), the national Association for Conservation Initiatives in Private Protected Areas. This year, the assembly was held in the private nature reserve Altos de Cantillana.

ACCh created the annual award in 2017 to publically recognize a member who stands out for his or her history of hard work and achievements in a conservation initiative, as well as making a notable contribution to the development of the Association and to conservation in Chile in general.

In June 2017, the award was given to the first president of ACCh, Elisa Corcuera Vliegenthart, of the Katalapi Park Center for Research and Education. Elisa, who passed away that same year after a long struggle against cancer, was a great example of persistence and happiness, known for her joyous spirit in confronting difficulties, and her arduous work habits. She had a great capacity for dialogue and the ability to motivate others in the cause of conservation, fostering a spirit of collaboration to reach shared objectives.

For all these reasons, the ACCh award holds her name for posterity. The award’s symbol is the native Chilean cat “guiña” (Leopardus guigna), the animal that Elisa felt represented her spiritually. She had a wondrous encounter one day with a guiña in Katalapi Park.

The Andino Juncal park is located at the top of the Juncal river basin, an affluent of the Aconcagua River in the Andes cordillera, close to Portillo.  The park is a private protected area whose main objectives are conservation, scientific investigation and sustainable tourism. Since 2010, it is a Ramsar site due to its wetlands, rivers and the variety of flora and fauna that it shelters. Of particular note are its mountains, up to 5,000 meters (16,400 feet) high, as well as numerous glaciars.


Workshop for Advanced Formation of Outdoor Environmental Education Facilitators

9 – 11 May 2019: Registration now open

For the first time, Katalapi is offering an advanced workshop in Outdoor Environmental Education, for people who have already taken our first workshop for the Formation of Outdoor Environmental Facilitators and seek to perfect their mastery of techniques and methdologies. This advanced workshop will provide tools for understanding and teaching based on the cycle of organic matter and will show how to learn about and love Chile’s native flora and fauna. Three days in Katalapi Park for learning and practising games, exercises and explorations in nature, combined with time to apply and discuss how to transfer the strategies learned to other territories, audiences and species. The workshop is run by Ursula Fernandez and Camila Bañales with the participation of Ana M. Vliegenthart.

The workshop last 3 days from 9 – 11 may, 2019. The cost is $145,000 (Chilean pesos) and includes housing, food and materials. Registration is now open. To register please download the registration form here or in google forms. Questions to

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course on forest ecology for all in parque katakapi

May 2-4 2019. registration open; ensure your spot


This Forest Ecology course will be offered for the first time in Parque Katalapi. It is orientes towards the study of the floristic composition and ecological patterns of the Valdivian temperate rain forest, including descriptions of the structure, diversity, dynamics , and functioning of its communities.  Environmental factors that determine the distribution, composition, and structure of a forest community will be studied.

This course has no prerequisites; thus any adult  can register for this course.  It is ideal for teachers, tourist guides, park keepers, proffesionals of the environment, and general public. The director of the course will be Dr Alfredo Saldaña, with the cooperation of the biologists Pablo Fuentes and  Nicole Burger. registration is now open. Download the  Registration form here or in google forms yand send it to The cost of the course is $145.000 (Chilean pesos). To ensure your spot in the course, deposit at least $30.000 Chilean pesos). Payment instructions are in the registration form


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