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Adult Training Courses Dates for 2017
Facilitators Environmental Education Outdoors (EAAL): Download the Registration Form
March 30th to April 1st
September 7th to 9th
Bioacoustics of Birds
October 5th to 7th
Flora of Chile for Everyone
October 12 to 14th
Indoor and Outdoor Nature Workshop
October 19 to 21th
Indoor and Outdoor Nature Workshop
February 15 to 17, 2018
Limited spaces: Register early to ensure your participation
"Training of Environmental Education Facilitators in the Open Air" and "Nature Interior and Exterior", are courses for adults with interests in group facilitation, pedagogy, or environmental education in any form. The courses "Bird Bioacustics" and "Chilean Flora for All" offer information and techniques from their respective disciplines, at an adult level audience without previous specialization requirements. All courses last three days / two nights and are priced at ChP$ 135,000 for regular enrollment and $ 115,000 for early enrollment, registration, lodging and meals. Language of courses is SPANISH. Spots often are full months in advance. Register early to ensure your participation.
At the end of November 2016, Osorno´s Association of the Blind (ACICH Osorno) visited Katalapi Park for a day of trail walking through the rainforest and getting to know its species. The "Path of the Blind” design at Katalapi Park does not seem particularly simple. The differences are in details such as having carefully cleared the protruding roots, trimming branches at the level of the face, or marking the trail crossings and changes of direction with clarity. Dangers are controlled, not necessarily made very easy. The trail has stretches that are not "easy" for a blind or partially blind person.
"We probably would not be bringing groups of the blind into the forest, if it had not been for Coral Romero," says Ana Maria Vliegenthart, owner of Katalapi Park. "Coral did her final student project with us 6 years ago, when she designed, implemented and validated a Path of Good Access for her thesis as an Ecotourism Administrator." At that time we invited the Association of the Blind ACICH-Osorno to test and validate the program. Recently, the same group has returned to Katalapi Park, including many visitors who had been the same on the trail 6 years ago, now with more friends and family, this time as tourists and again under the guidance of Coral. "Just like the first time , this visit was wonderful," says Coral, organizer and day guide. "We saw them touched by simple things, and that excited us. Some had not been in the wild in years or decades. Others had never been in nature. They remembered or were astonished at the softness of the moss and the leaves, the noise of the stream left them in what seemed like a trance of listening. They touched leaves and trees seemingly forever, patiently getting to know the vegetation, by touch, smell. They expressed deep joy at getting to know flora intimately, that they had previously only known in sayings, such as a "bush of flowered arrayán". On the level of difficulty, they assessed that the trail was not easy, "....but we like a bit of difficulty, it makes it more entertaining", they added.
This time, the 31 attendees, in addition to walking the trail and getting acquainted with many species, also made oils and poultices based on native medicinal species and practiced among them techniques for massage and application. Like the first time, they expressed a deeper emotion than most. For whatever reason, at the end of the day, many of the participants repeated "we are nature", many times, which much emotion.
Motivated by the testimonials and comments of people who have already participated in the Workshop for Facilitators of Outdoor Environmental Education, we have designed this new course to add to our series of training workshops for environmental education.
Inmersed in the forests of Katalapi Park, we will explore strategies to provoke a positive change within ourselves, with the objective of facilitating better connections between other people and the environment. A workshop to feel like children, play share, communicate, grow and connect, exploring the methodological, emotional, and neurobiological roots of significant experiences in nature that provoke positive changes in our relationships.
The cost of the workshop is $120 thousand Chilean pesos per participant, which includes registration, all meals, and lodging in shared quarters (bunk beds- bring your own sleeping bag). The course will start on Thursday October 20th with the registration of participants between 9-11 AM and will finish after a late lunch (curanto) on the afternoon of Saturday the 22nd . To reserve your spot, download, fill, and send us your Registration Form Ficha de Inscripción. For those who register during the pre-registration period up to July 1st, it is possible to reserve a spot with DEFERRED PAYMENT. However, pay your registration before that date and take advantage of the early bird discount as detailed on the registration form. The language of the course is SPANISH.
The date for the 2016 version of the Workshop for Facilitators of Outdoor Environmental Education (OEE) has been set: it will be held Thursday the 1st through Saturday the 3rd of september at Katalapi Park. The course, aimed at people who wish to guide groups with educational purposes, not only in schools but also in informal settings, will combine lectures on theory with fun games and application activities in the field.
The program, includes perspectives on th 5 major objectives of outdoor environmental education, provides plenty of spaces for activities according to the experiential cycle (socio-constructivism) , and encourages thought about what has been learnt and its application to the development of the participants´ own programs.
The cost of the workshop is $120 thousand Chilean pesos per participant, which includes registration, all meals, and lodging in shared quarters (bunk beds- bring your own sleeping bag). The course will start on Thursday september 1st with the registration of participants between 9-11 AM and will finish after a late lunch (curanto) on the afternoon of Saturday the 3rd. To reserve your spot, download, fill, and send us your Registration Form Ficha de Inscripción. For those who register during the pre-registration period up to Jun 1st, it is possible to reserve a spot with DEFERRED PAYMENT. However, pay your registration before that date and take advantage of the early bird discount as detailed on the registration form. The language of the course is SPANISH.
Download book here (in Spanish)
Now available in Katalapi Park´s website, you can download the classic “Children´s Green Book”. Katalapi board members Ana María Vliegenthart and Elisa Corcuera wrote the book in 1995, it was illustrated by Adrian Menjibar, and originally edited thanks to the support of UNICEF and Casa de la Paz. The book, which was updated and re-edited in 2010 and 2012, reached a total issue of 7,000, which is sold out once again. However, it can now be downloaded in digital format from our website.
The book addresses mainstream environmental issues such as biodiversity reduction, waste, air or water; explains the them in simple terms, illustrates them with humour-filled drawings, and invites children to do entertaining activities to help reduce our impact upon the environment. Originally aimed at children 7-11 years old, we have received numerous testimonies indicating that the book charms a much greater spectrum of ages.
We thank all the people and institutions that have been involved in this project through the years, specially Ximena Abogabir, for nurturing the idea and for her careful editing; Adrian for his wonderful drawings; and Verónica Zurita, the designer who rescued the originals, made at a time when digital format was not yet fully fledged, and transformed them to the format that is now made available to all of you; and to UNICEF, Casa de la Paz and Parque Katalapi for freeing it so that you may now all access it in our Didactic Materials web page section. Enjoy!