Education Tour in Chilean Patagonia

A writeup of our June 2022 Education Tour in the south of Chile

June 11, 2022

Daniela Torres

FFungi Staff

Directora de Programas

FFungi Volunteer

In April 2022, during the expeditions of the Fungi Foundation, we organized an education tour in the 3 principal cities in Chilean Patagonia: Punta Arenas, Puerto Natales, and Tierra del Fuego.

During this opportunity, Daniela Torres, Programs Lead at the Fungi Foundation and part of the education team, gave the introduction to our program and taught the first lesson of the FF curriculum, The Science of Mushrooms.

Educators and teachers were trained about basic mycological terminology, how to observe a mushroom, and the natural wood wide web. They also recreated one activity for kids and the general public about the mycorrhizal network using the resources on our website.

The teachers received a document of our curriculum to review together since the curriculum is not available in Spanish at the moment. The interest was magnificent and they can't wait to have all the resources in Spanish as well. Thanks to the experience of the Fungi Foundation in education issues, we were able to have complementary material for the teachers. Also, after every training, we did questions and answers and planned some activities to bring the mycological knowledge into the classroom.

Some of the teachers work in public schools where the resources are limited, so they were happy to have free mycological resources and they want to incorporate the knowledge in every material of the school as possible. Every school that we visited received the Field Guide of Chilean Mushroom (Vol. 1 and 2) for free access to their libraries and the educational communities in the city.