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course on forest ecology for all in parque katakapi

May 2-4 2019. registration open; ensure your spot


This Forest Ecology course will be offered for the first time in Parque Katalapi. It is orientes towards the study of the floristic composition and ecological patterns of the Valdivian temperate rain forest, including descriptions of the structure, diversity, dynamics , and functioning of its communities.  Environmental factors that determine the distribution, composition, and structure of a forest community will be studied.

This course has no prerequisites; thus any adult  can register for this course.  It is ideal for teachers, tourist guides, park keepers, proffesionals of the environment, and general public. The director of the course will be Dr Alfredo Saldaña, with the cooperation of the biologists Pablo Fuentes and  Nicole Burger. registration is now open. Download the  Registration form here or in google forms yand send it to The cost of the course is $145.000 (Chilean pesos). To ensure your spot in the course, deposit at least $30.000 Chilean pesos). Payment instructions are in the registration form


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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




New graduate International course on Ecophysiology of the Rhizosphere will be offered in Katalapi Park, Chile on January January 14-20, 2019


Applications received until October 30, 2018


The traditional International Course on Plant Ecophysiology that is offered every Summer at Katalapi Park, Chile, will be centered on Ecophysiology of the Rhizosphere.  From January 14-20-2019, the course will consist of presentations and discussions on nutrition, nitrogen fixation, salt tolerance, cluster roots functioning, rhizodeposition, organic matter and soil microorganism, plant growth promoting rhizobacteria (PGPR), endophytes, phytoremediation, molecular plant microbe interactions.

The course is organized by Professors Alejandra Zúñiga (Universidad Austral de Chile), Alex Valentine ( Stellenboch University),  and Luisa Bascuñán (Universidad de Concepción). The invited lecturers are Ricardo Aroca (CSIC), Eduardo Blumwald (U. California-Davis), Hans Lambers (U. Western Australia), Bruce Osborn (U. College Dublin), Alex Valentine (U. Stellenboch). Pablo Cornejo, Francisco Matus (UFRO), Teodoro de la Coba (CEAZA), Bernardo González (UAI), Marcia González (USACH), Julieta Orlando (U. Chile), and Dante Pinochet (UACh).

This is an official 5 credits course of the Universidad de Concepcion Graduate School.  Those students that approve the course may receive and official certificate from the university.  It includes lectures and field activities, seminars, and the preparation of a research project. The official language of the course is English. The course registration fee is US$340 for students and US$530 for professionals.

Those interested in participating in the course must fill the application form and send it with the curriculum vitae before October 30, 2018 to Dr. Luis Corcuera ( )

Application form

Course brochure

Regitration Instructions



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 (

Registration form
Instructions for participants

Bioacoustics of Birds: an entertaining theoretical-practical course for all

Katalapi Park 4-6 October 2018. Send your registration form soon

The Bird Bioacoustics course, which will be offered for the second time in Katalapi Park, from 4-6 October 2018, will once again be an entertaining theoretical and practical experience on one of the preferred methodologies for studying the presence and behavior of birds. The speakers of the course will be Heraldo Norambuena and Francisco Rivas of the Universidad de Concepción and ROC, respectively. During the course the vocal communication of the birds will be studied, recordings and interpretations of of bird songs and sonograms will be made. Practical activities include the nocturnal exploration of bird sounds, the use of bioacoustics equipment, analysis of bird songs, a census of nocturnal raptors, and other activities in the Katalapi forest. The course does not have the requirement of previous knowledge of Biology or Acoustics. The previous version was also enjoyed by biologists, musicians, educators and the general public. The course is in Spanish
Those interested should send their registration form to Luis Corcuera at The cost of the course is 135,000 pesos (about US$225). This fee includes food and lodging during the course. This and other information can be found in the material that can be downloaded below. Queries can be made to Luis Corcuera at the email address indicated above.


Application form


Information for participants