As it is now traditional, the VI Colloquium on Plant Ecophysiology will take place from January 15-17, 2011 in Katalapi Park. Outstanding scientists from Chile and abroad attend to this meeting. The preliminary progran, which includes lectures, scientific presentations, round table discussions, and other scientific and social activities that promote dialoge among scientists, will be released by September 2010. The cost of registration is US$100 for researchers and US$60 for students. This amount includes food and lodging from dinner on January 15 to lunch on January 17. Those interested in attending to this Colloquium should contact Dr. Luis J. Corcuera (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Twelve teachers from nine rural schools from the nearby Alerce Andino National Park and Ll anquihue Natural Reserve participated in a training workshop on Environmental Education and validation of didactic resources. This workshop took place in Katalapi Park on March 20 2010, as part of the activities of the GEF SIRAP project, that deals with conservation of the evergreen forest of the area.. GEF SIRAP project officers and representavives from the Provincial Direction of Education were also present in tghe workshop.
During the jouney, teachers participated in educational dynamics in the classroom and outdoors. They also discussed about learning achievements, and evaluated pertinente and quality of the teaching material developed by the Katalapi team. The teachers received several educational resources such as the game Animal Recue and field guides for the identification of native trees and shrubs from Chile developed by the GEF-SIRAP project. All attendants thought that the exercises materials were easy to use and that they would be of great help for the Environmental Education and digital alfabetization of their students. They committed themselves to share their entusiasm with other teachers from their respective schools and to fully use the educational resources with their students. It was a nice and intensive workshop that ended with a typical dinner (curanto en olla) to increase their frienship and future cooperation.
The Chilean Council for Culture and Arts (FONDART) granted the funds to produce a short animated movie on huemuls during 2010. Katalapi Park Director of Environmental Education will be in charge of the production. The movie tells the story Yekal, a young male huemul. Yakal is part of a small population of huemuls that inhabit the area of Nevados de Chillán. Due to high inbreeding and habitat destruction they are likely to become extinct. Yekal must travel far away to Torres del Paine to find a young female. In addition to the difficulties imposed by nature, those derived from human activities are a formidable challenge to overcome. Yekal finally succeeds with the help of a friend condor.
The web page of Katalapi Park is now available in English. The page has a blog with news and the possibility of sending comments and suggestions. It also includes pages with scientific and educational information on the activities of the park. Enjoy seeing our pictures and reading our scientific and educational material. Explore the page and introduce yourself to the Chilean temperate rain forest
Following what is now a tradition, Katalapi Park thanked collaborators and friends on February 13 and 14 to the so called "Katalapi Folks Festival". Attendants enjoyed a curanto con chochoca, a barbecued lamb with typical folks music. The canopy of the park was used by children and their parents alike.