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Winter 2012


Reserva Costera Valdiviana, Environmental education plan


For my Honors senior project, I developed a 3-year environmental education plan for the Reserva Costera Valdiviana (RCV), a nature reserve located in southern Chile, owned and funded by the Nature Conservancy. Because it is owned by a non-profit organization, this reserve has limited funding and resources. Five park rangers run and maintain it year round, and during the school year they put on environmental education workshops for the neighboring schools of Huiro, Chaihum, and Huape. Because the park rangers have little extra time and no college-level education, they asked me to design an environmental education plan for these workshops, complete with objectives, detailed lesson plans, a list of materials for each activity, and an estimated budget. I wrote this 115-page curriculum entirely in Spanish, as the park rangers at the RCV do not speak English.

I designed these workshops for the next three years, beginning March of 2012 and ending December of 2014. The overall focus of the 2012 curriculum is the marine ecosystem; the 2013 curriculum focuses on understanding the history of the reserve the purpose of its current restoration project, and the 2014 curriculum focuses on native forest ecology of the local area. The curriculum includes some original lessons, as well as some pre-existing lessons that I adapted and translated to Spanish. I aimed to make these activities as place-based and experiential as possible, thus implementing my educational philosophy and the knowledge gained from my Huxley coursework. This project proved to be an excellent combination of my skills as a Spanish speaker and an environmental educator.


Environmental Studies

Subjects - Topical (LCSH)

Natural areas--Interpretive programs; Environmental education--Chile--Reserva Costera Valdiviana

Geographic Coverage

Reserva Costera Valdiviana (Chile)


student projects; term papers




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