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Aerial view of Katalapi Park

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Native Flora Propagation

September7-9, 2018

Bioacoustics of Birds

October 4-6, 2018

Facilitators Outdoor Environmental Education

October 11-13, 2018

Eco-evolutionary Dynamics in Biogeography*

October 14-20, 2018

Flora of Chile for All

October 26-28, 2018

Interior and Exterior Nature Workshop

November 22-24, 2018

Natural Dyes

November 16-18, 2018



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.


Katalapi has not been affected by the eruption of Volcan Calbuco

Initial eruption view from Puente Chamiza on April 22 2015 (picture by Ana Maria Vliehenthart)
Map showing the position of Katalapi with respect to Volcan Calbuco

Ricardo Hernández and his family are well and safe


The recent eruptions of Volcán Calbuco have caused concern amont collaborators and visitors of Parque Katalapi. We can now inforrm with great relief that no damage has been produced in the park. Noly some ash has been falling. Ricardo Hernández and his family are well and safe. Them and their house have not suffered any damage. The forest and park infrastructure have not been affected either.


Katalapi is 23 km away (in straight line) from Volcán Calbuco. Therefore is outside of the evacuation zone. In addition, between Volcan Calbuco and Katalapi there is a natural barrier: Cordillera de Quillaipe (see map). For these reasons and because  the prevailing winds are favorable for Katalapi, it is unlikely that the park would be significantly affected. There is no possibility that lahars and lava flows in this area. Ashes have been mainly directed by winds towards the North-Eastn and Argentina. Katalapi is to the South of Volcan Calbuco.


Therefore, activities in Katalapi have not been affected and will continue according to planning. Should it change, it will be inforrmed through this web page


The Fall of a Giant: Farewell to the Great Tineo

The Old Great Tineo at Katalapi Park

During the strong storm of late May in Katalapi, the oldest tree in the park was knocked down by strong gusty winds. This was an enormous old tineo (Weinmannia trichosperma), who sheltered us for years under its shade. Around this old tree, hummingbird often held territorial battles. There is even a local legend that tells: if you sit under its shade and make a wish, you should steadily keep your thoughts on your wish; when the first chucao (a bird from the forest) sings, it is a signal that the Great Tineo had listened and that your wish would be granted.


Chilean biologists, based on studies by Dr Chris Lusk, estimated that the Great Tineo was around 800 years old. Ax marks on its trunk made a century ago show that the tineo resisted forest workers when modern techniques for cutting trees were not available. This old tree invited many people to think about our short stay on Earth and the scars we leave on it.


We are not crying about its downing because it is the cycle of life and the succession in the forest: in the space left by the Great Tineo new future forest monuments will grow. However, we are thankful for the years it was with us and declare our admiration for this fallen remnant of the Chilean primary temperate rain forest.