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Innovative course on Eco-Psychology at Katalapi Park: Interior and Exterior Nature, connection methodologies

Katalapi Park,  February 16-18, 2018


The course "Interior and Exterior Nature: Connection Methodologies" will be repeated for the third time on February 16-18, 2018 and is part of our successful series of training for environmental education. Immersed in the forest of Katalapi Park, we explore strategies to provoke a positive change within ourselves, in order to facilitate better connections between people and the environment. A course to play, share, communicate, grow, and connect, exploring methodological, emotional, and neurobiological foundations of significant experiences in nature that cause positive changes. The course will be given by specialists Jason Angress (Parque Katalapi) and Claudio Pereira (Universidad de Antofagasta).
The course will be in Spanish, but there will be translation help for those that need it. The cost of the course is $ 135 thousand Chilean Pesos (about US$215 per participant, which includes enrollment, all meals, and shared-room cabin lodging (bring your own sleeping bag). The course will start on February 16, 2018, receiving participants between 9-11 AM on Friday and ending after the late lunch on Sunday. To reserve your place, download, fill out and send the registration form to Jason Angress. For more information on the course contact Jason Angress



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Announcement of the XIII International Summer Colloquium on Plant Ecophysiology

Parque Katalapi January 21-24, 2018


Full Colloquium program available now. Download here


The XII International Summer Colloquium on Plant Ecophysiology will be held at Katalapi Park on January 21-24, 2018. This meeting consists of full and short lectures, and short communications. Invited lecturers are Jaume Flexas (U. de les Illes Balears), Rafael Coopman (U. Austral de Chile), Frida Piper (CIEP), Marilyn Ball (Australian National U.), Bruce Osborne (U. College Dublin), Alex Fajardo (CIEP), Mark Olson (U Nacional Autónoma México), Alfredo Saldaña (U. de Concepcion), Gerhard Zotz (University of Oldenburg, Nicolás Franck (U. Chile), Rafael Rubilar (UDEC, Chile), Michael Battaglia (CSIRO, Australia), Luisa Bascuñan (U. de Concepción, Chile), and Don White (Murdoch University). The Colloquium will begin on January 21 at 19h with the lecture by Dr Christian Körner- Then, the traditional “Cata en Kata” will serve as a mixer for all participants. On the following days there will be an intense program of full and short lectures, short communications, and discussions. Those that wish to submit short communications (10 min oral presentation+ 5 discussions) must send the titles of their presentations before December 10, 2017. For more information visit the Parque Katalapi web page ( ) or write to


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Elisa Corcuera Vliegenthart died on July 14, 2017

Elisa Corcuera Vliegenthart at Katalapi Park, 2017

Elisa Corcuera Vliegenthart, born in Madison Wisconsin in 1972died in Santiago on July 14, 2017 after a long fight against her disease. Her funeral services were held in Santiago on July 15. Her remains were cremated and deposited in Parque Katalapi, near Puerto Montt, Chile.

Elisa was a journalist and territorial planner and expert in private lands conservation. She wrote books for children, scientific articles, and organized environmental education courses at Parque Katalapi. She co-founded Parque Katalapi, institution dedicated to scientific research, environmental education and conservation. In addition, she founded Así Conserva Chile, an NGO dedicated to private land conservation.

Kristine Tompkins wrote a note published in La Tercera describes Elisa: “We received the sad news that today (Friday 14), Elisa Corcuera, a great champion for the protection of biodiversity of Chile has died. Still young, Elisa, through Parque Katalapi, , a conservation initiative created by her family, and  Asi Conserva Chile, organization that she help to found and strengthen, worked locally regionally and national levels, to help Chileans to protect the lands that are the backbone of the beauty of the country.  Her extraordinarily beautiful personality crossed all political, social and cultural frontiers and united people towards a common objective. In Tompkins Conservation hope that Elisa be remembered by her great work capacity, her great work and heart and her love for beauty, a clean and healthy future for all Chileans.  To recognize her work, we Will place a recognition plate in Parque Pumalín, to remind all visitors that there was a woman that lived her life with a great committed to beauty and biodiversity”.

Her optimism, creativity, and perseverance were decisive in the consolidation of Parque Katalapi and Así Conserva Chile and in the territorial planning of Cochamo Valley.  Her relatives, numerous friends, and colleagues will never forget her friendly look and smile full of joy, that together with a bright mind were an irresistibly force that made people to join her cause and love for nature. This provided her with a legion of friends and coworkers around the world. She loved them all from the bottom of her heart.


New International graduate course on Evolutionary Plant Ecophysiology will be offered in Katalapi Park, Chile on January 15-21, 2018

Application date extended until November 23 , 2017. The course includes training for using LI6800 and LI.6400XT by LI-COR specialists


The traditional graduate course on Plant Ecophysiology offered every Summer at Parque Katalapi, Región de Los Lagos, Chile, will be centered on the evolution of functional aspects in plants. On January 15-21. 2018, topics related with evolutionary ecophysiology of terrestrial plants will be presented and discussed: substrates anchorage, evolution of photoprotective mechanisms, leaves evolution, evolution of stomata regulation, and evolution of tolerance to diverse types of stress. The course is organized by Professors Jaume Flexas (Universidad de las Islas Baleares, España), Lohengrin Cavieres (Universidad de Concepción, Chile), Rafael Coopman (U. Austral de Chile), and Frida Piper (CIEP, Chile). In addition, the following invited scientists will participate in the course: Professors Marilyn Ball (Australian National University), Christian Körner (U. of Basel), Bruce Osborne (U. College Dublin), Alejandra Zuñiga (U. Austral de Chile), Angela Sierra (U. de Concepción), León A. Bravo (U.  de La Frontera), Beatriz Fernandez – Marin (U. del País Vasco), Jose Ignacio Garcia Plazaola (U. del País Vasco), and Susana Paula (U. Austral de Chile). This is an official course of the Graduate School of Universidad de Concepción. For this reason, students that get a passing grade could obtain a certificate from that university. This is a 5 credits course. The program includes lectures, field activities, seminars, and the formulation of a research project. The official language of the course is English for Professors and students. The registration cost is $210.000 Chilean pesos (1 US dollar is about 660 Chilean pesos) for students and $390.000 Chilean pesos for professionals.

Applicants must send the application form and Curriculum vitae to Carolina Hernández  ( before November 23, 2017.

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Adult Training Courses Dates for 2017


Facilitators Environmental Education Outdoors (EAAL): Download the Registration Form


March 30th to April 1st


EAAL Facilitators


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.