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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.

Parque Katalapi hosts Course on Propagation of Native Flora for Habitat Restoration for all

12 – 14 April 2019; registration now open


This April for the second year running, we will offer a course on th propagation of native flora for habitat restoration. This 3-day workshop, on-site in Katalapi Park, combines theory with dynamic practical sessions where you will learn how to propagate native Chilean flora. Topics covered include propagation of plants, propagation from seeds, selection of seed trees and different types of vegetative propagation. You will also learn techniques for plant nurseries and the general care for plants. This workshop is led by Daniel Harris-Pascal, consultant and edible forest designer (Seed Head Design and Australian National University) and the botanist Dr. Veronica Briceño.

The workshop last 3 days from 12 – 14 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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Special opportunity: Course on "Propagation of native plants of Chile" will be held for the first time in Katalapi Park

September 7-9, 2018. Open for registrations

The course of propagation of native plants will be held for the first time in Katalapi. It is a course that combines theory, dynamic sessions, and practices where you will learn to propagate our native flora. In this course you will learn what is the propagation of plants, how to propagate through seeds, how to choose seed trees, and learn the different types of vegetative propagation. You will also learn nursery and plant care techniques (see program). This course will be given by Daniel Harris-Pascal, consultant and designer of edible forests (Seed Head Design and Australian National University) and Bernardo Escobar propagator of native plants and in charge of nurseries (Universidad Austral de Chile). The course lasts 3 days from September 7 to 9, 2018. The value of the course is $ 135,000 (Chilean pesos or about US$210) and includes accommodation, meals, and materials. Registration is now open. To register you must download the registration form and send it to Daniel Harris Pascal (

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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.