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From October 30th  to November 1st  2010 an Outdoor Environmental Education (OEE) workshop will take place at Katalapi park. The course, aimed at a general public interested in OEE, both for schools and also informal settings, will combine theoretical presentations on methodologies and approaches, with fun application activities on the ground, making good use of Katalapi Park´s beautiful natural setting.

Main speakers will be Ana María Vliegenthart and Rod Walker. Ana María Vliegenthart (Master´s of  Environmental Education, Master´s in Curriculum and Instruction, and Katalapi Park´s  Head of Environmenta Education, has vast experience as a teacher and teacher trainer,  and is the author of numerous books, articles, and environmental education support materials. Rod Walker is the founder of the Outdoor Education Center (CEAL) and Tocatierra (Earthrouch), and was named as an Ashoka fellow in 1997 due to his outstanding experience as a social innovator.

The program (download attached file for details), will present approaches for the 5 main objectives of Outdoor Environmental Education, will do activities based on the experiential cycle, and will encourage reflection on lessons learned and their applicability to developing own OEE programs.

The cost of the workshop is $95 thousand per participant, which includes registration, all meals, and lodging in bunk beds (bring your own sleeping bag). The course will start on October 30th with the welcoming of participants between 10-11 AM, and will end after lunch (curanto) on the first of November.

Interested people can download the program, registration form, participation details, and workshop poster at the end of this paragraph. Some partial scholarships are also available. For registration details and scholarships please contact Verónica Morán:

Downloads (In Spanish)

Instrucciones para los participantes


Formulario de inscripción

Formulario de postulación a Becas



Dr Carmen Ubeda will deliver the opening lecture at the I Colloquium on Conservation of Amphibians and Reptiles at Katalapi Park

Download by clicking on the Poster

The I Colloquium on Conservation of Amphibians and Reptiles will take place on December 8-10 at Katalapi Park, X Region, Chile. This Colloquium is organized by Drs Marcela Vidal and Helen Díaz from Universidad del Bio Bio and Universidad de Concepción, respectively. The program will include lectures, round table discussions, and short scientific presentations. The Opening Lecture entitled (Conservation of Amphibians and Reptiles" will be delivered by Dr Carmen Ubeda, a prominent herpetologist from Argentina.

The deadline for presentation of abstracts is August 30 2010. The general program and instruccions for registration and abstract preparation are given in documents that can be downloaded in Spanish from this page (see below):
Circular Nº1 download pdf
Instrucciones para los participantes download pdf



General view from the park
Attendants to the course

The “Forest Recovery Course” that took place on June 29th and 30th at Katalapi Park, ended with important lessons and valuable contacts made amongst assistants. Registrants included approximately 30 participants from Santiago, Talca, Linares, Temuco, Lago Ranco, Osorno, San Juan de la Costa, Valdivia, Puerto Montt, and San Francisco del Huinay. Presentations included, amongst others:
•    "History of use and current state of forests in central-southern Chile. Causes, degradation agents" (José Luis Celis, Senda Darwin);
•    "Model for restoration or rehabilitation of areas affected by forest fires (Ignacio Fernández-PUC).
•    "Concepts and considerations for restoration project execution" (Fernando Bustos- GlobalChile).

Attendants also enjoyed the field visit in Katalapi, where they had the opportunity to see an area of native forest that was enriched with Coigue de Chiloé plants 14 years ago, as well as another area of passive restoration. The course was part of the project titled "Improvement of Abilities and Competencies of the Human Capital in the Forest Sector, to Increase the Competitive of Native Forests", financed by INNOVA CORFO. The project aims to improve the quality of action by professionals and technicians involved in the management of native forests.

The course was coordinated by Sabine Muller (INFOR) and Forest Engineer (e), Fernando Bustos, expert consultant in ecological restoration projects, and co-investigator with the Austral University of Chile, as well as Director of GlobalChile Consultants Ltd., and Chilean representative of the Ibero American and Caribbean Network of Ecological Restoration (RIACRE).


New "Magellanic Woodpecker Trail" Inaugurated in Katalapi with University of Los Lagos Visit

Male Woodpecker
Students from Los Lagos University guided by Dr Daniel Varela

The newly finished "Magellanic Woodpecker Trail" was oficially opened on Saturday June 26th, with the visit of a group of environmental engineering students from the University of Los Lagos (ULA). The loop trail goes through
Katalapi Park´s adult forests, then runs beside the Tepual stream, before returning to the Administration area. The ULA group took approximatly 2 and a half hours to walk the full circuit.  

The  “Magellanic Woodpecker Trail” was named so due to the routine presence of a Campephilus magellanicus (magellanic woodpecker) pair, which were seen almost every morning by the trail construction crew formed by Ricardo Hernández y Alejandro Martínez.  The magellanic woodpecker is a species endemic to the temperate rainforest, the largest woodpecker in the world, and as such, it is considered a great attraction for birdwatchers.  Magellanic woodpeckers usually follow a daily routine, in which they visit different habitual feeding spots. It is assumed that the woodpeckers used to visiting Katalapi Park come down from the Quillaipe Range, attracted by old trees within which they find their food: wood insect larvae.

The ULA group did not have the privilege of sighting the woodpeckers, however, they did use Katalapi field guides (trees, ferns, lichens, and bushes)  to enrich their biodiversity learning experience (picture: students display their field guides).



During may, the re-edition of "Children´s Green Book", authored by Katalapi Park directors Ana María Vliegenthart and Elisa Corcuera, was initiated. The text, beautifully illustrated by Adrian Menjíbar, presents the main topics of current environmental issues as simple concepts, accompanied by interesting side facts and suggesting fun activities for children to improve their surroundings and the world.

The second edition of the "Children´s Green Book" was organized by Ximena Abogabir of Casa de la Paz Foundation and supported by D&S, which over the next few months will finance several prints, until a total of 35 thousand books are issued. The book´s ten chapters are Animals, Plants, Water, Air, Soil, Energy, Global Changes, Waste, Ecotourism, and Environmental Audit. The first edition of the book was done in 1995, by Casa de la Paz with UNICEF support, and was later also published by chapters as "La Tercera" newspaper´s "Icarito" magazine. In this new version, information has been updated, and emerging topics have been included.

The book is available online at If you wish a printed copy, contact