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Massive International participation marked the 2015 Plant Ecophysiology Course in Katalapi

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Activity in Katalapi forest

The most international version of the Summer Course of Plant Ecophysiology in Katalapi Park finished on January 16, 2015. More than ever, students and professors came from far away continents, leaving Chileans as a minority. Well known scientists were the lecturers of the course. They came from Australia  (2), Brazil (1), Ireland (1), New Zealand (1),  Switzerland (1),  and  Chile (4). Students came from 8 countries: Australia (3) Argentina (2), Brazil (4), Canadá (2), USA (1), Colombia (1), México (4), and Chile (8). During the 10 days of the course all activities were performed in English, including students presentations.

Each year, the course deals with different aspect of Plant Ecophysiology. This year was on the relation of ecophysiological and ecological processes. In previous years, the emphasis was on Root Ecophysiology, Photosynthesis Ecophysiology, Plant Soil Interactions, and Plant Stress Ecophysiology. This summer the course was centered on “Forest Ecophysiology: from cells to ecosystems”. This summer course is an official activity of the Graduate School of Universidad de Concepción. In addition it had the collaboration and sponsorship of Institute of Ecology and Biodiversity (IEB) and the Center for Ecological Research of the Patagonia (CIEP). Since this is an advanced graduate level course, most of the students are enrolled in PhD or Masters Programs. Due to the success of this experience, we have decided to offer in January 2016 a new course on“Plant Ecophysiology in a Warmer and Drier World”.

The course is an intensive experience, with 10 days of lectures, seminars and preparation of research projects. It requires dedication, resistance, social skills, and patience to live immersed in a world class plant ecophysiological environment.  We thank all the unforgettable moments to all our international and Chilean visitors. We invite you to visit our Facebook page to see more pictures of the event.  




Download book here (in Spanish)



Now available in Katalapi Park´s website, you can download the classic “Children´s Green Book”. Katalapi board members Ana María Vliegenthart and Elisa Corcuera wrote the book in 1995, it was illustrated by Adrian Menjibar, and originally edited thanks to the support of UNICEF and Casa de la Paz. The book, which was updated and re-edited in 2010 and 2012, reached a total issue of 7,000, which is sold out once again. However, it can now be downloaded in digital format from our website.

The book addresses mainstream environmental issues such as biodiversity reduction, waste, air or water; explains the them in simple terms, illustrates them with humour-filled drawings, and invites children to do entertaining activities to help reduce our impact upon the environment. Originally aimed at children 7-11 years old, we have received numerous testimonies indicating that the book charms a much greater spectrum of ages.


We thank all the people and institutions that have been involved in this project through the years, specially Ximena Abogabir, for nurturing the idea and for her careful editing; Adrian for his wonderful drawings; and Verónica Zurita, the designer who rescued the originals, made at a time when digital format was not yet fully fledged, and transformed them to the format that is now made available to all of you; and to UNICEF, Casa de la Paz and Parque Katalapi for freeing it so that you may now all access it in our Didactic Materials web page section. Enjoy!






JANUARY 16-19, 2015.

The full program is now available (download here)

 As in previous years, the X International Summer Colloquium on Plant Ecophysiology will take place in Katalapi Park, Puerto Montt, Chile, from january 16.19, 2015. The great success of this even has made possible its development, gathering every year more Chilean and international participants. The Colloquium consists on a series of plenary lectures delivered by well known ecophysiolosts and a series of shorter presentations, as well a round table discussions on various topics of interest.Among those that have confirmed its participation are Günter Hoch (Suiza), Marilyn Ball (Australia), Bruce Osborne (Ireland), Victoria Fernández (Spain), Michael Shane (Australia; PIA-MEC 80140018), Rafael Oliveira (Brasil), Matthew Turnbull (Nueva Zelandia), Jorge Prieto (Argentina) and Rodrigo Guijón (Chile).

The poster of the Colloquium and registration information can be down loaded from links below. Those that wish to receive more information, please write to Dr Luis Corcuera a


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International Graduate course on "Forest Ecophysiology: from cells to ecosystems" will be offered in Katalapi Park from January 8-16, 2015

Application deadline: October 31, 2014


 The international course on “Forest Ecophysiology: from cells to ecosystems” will be offered from January 8.16 at Parque Katalapi, Región de Los Lagos, Chile. The course is organized by Luis J. Corcuera (Universidad de Concepción, Chile), Hans Lambers (UWA, Australia), Frida Piper (CIEP) and Aurora Gaxiola (IEB). Among invited lecturers are Juan Armesto (P. Universidad Católica de Chile), Marilyn Ball (Australian National University, Australia), Rafael Coopman (Universidad Austral de Chile), Günter Hoch (University of Basel, Switzerland), Rafael Oliveira (UNICAMP; Brazil), Bruce Osborne (University College Dublin, Ireland), Pablo Guerrero (Universidad de Concepción, Chile), Michael Shane (University of Western Australia, PIA-MEC 80140018), Alvaro Gutiérrez (Universidad Austral de Chile), and Matthew Turnbull (University of Canterbury, NZ). The activities of the course include lectures, seminars presented by students and the preparation of a research Project. The language of the course will be English. Those interested in the course must send their Curriculum vitae and the filled application form before October 31 2014. The instruction and forms to apply can be downloaded from the web site ( This is an official graduate level course from Universidad de Concepción. Those students that approve the course may receive a certificate from this institution.


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Meet the Instructors of Katalapi´s Environmental Education Trainer´s-training Workshop

The registration period for the next workshop, to be held September 4-6th, 2014, is already open. As happens every year, participants will have the opportunity to interact and learn from the following renown professionals:

Ana María Vliegenthart: Biology teacher with a Master´s in Environmental Education (U. of Michigan) and another in Curriculum and Intruction (U. of Virginia), Anita is known in the world of Environmental Education for being a brilliant facilitaror with the ability to take complex issues of theory, methodology and practice, and present them in an engaging, simplified and participatory way. She is also known for her work creating practical support resources for educators, including texts such as “El Libro Verde de los Niños”, “Ecolíderes”, and “Atina con los Residuos”, amongst others. Her experience includes working in schools, in the EULA Center of the University of Concepción, and the Universidad de la Frontera, but she is now fully dedicated to Katalapi Park, as its Head of Education.

Rod Walker: Master´s in Environmental Education, Rod is an Englishman who moved to Chile as a Young man and here built an extraordinary career. He was named an Ashoka fellow in 1997, a recognition to his work as a social innovator in environmental education. Founder of the Centro de Educación Ambiental al Aire Libre (CEAL), he hosted experiences in nature with an ethical and spiritual bent that  marked generations of young people from Santiago´s British schools and the Andrés Bello University.  After moving to the south of Chile, he founded  Tocatierra ( He collaborates with Parque Katalapi since 2009.

Ursula Fernández: Biologist and Environmental Educator from Spain, she specializes in the EEPE methodology (Enseñanza de la Ecología en el Patio de la Escuela). She has tought Environmental Education and the  Universidad Austral de Valdivia and Universidad de la Frontera de Temuco. She is a founding member and General Manager of the “La Manzana” Valdivian Responsible Consumer Cooperative , and she has a personal interest in introducing into environmental education the ethical repercussions of our everyday consumer decisions. She collaborates with  Parque Katalapi since 2009.

The course is in Spanish. Some assistance could be provided to English speaking participants.



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