Frutillar Rainforest Classroom
Restoring temperate rainforest in Chile
Our Frutillar Rainforest Classroom will be located within the grounds of Vicente Pérez Rosález School, in a deprived part of Frutillar, southern Chile. The forest will bring profound wellbeing benefits to the pupils in their urban playground, helping them to breathe cleaner air and engage with nature close-up. The forest will support the school science curriculum, and also provide an outdoor classroom for the students.
Frutillar is located in the south of Chile where temperate rainforest ecosystems - also known as Valdivian temperate rainforest -are found. These native rainforests have largely been cleared for agricultural use, leaving the land degraded. This project will not only revive this precious and complex environment but create a model for the restoration of other rainforest ecosystems across South America.
Forest Maker Bosko Chile
"It is very meaningful for us that the students can actively participate in the creation of a native forest, and that the children can sponsor and take care of it. In this way we contribute to the integral formation of the students, promoting the respect we owe to Mother Nature."
— Guido Vargas, Head of Vicente Pérez Rosales School
"Topophilia means love of a place. Allowing children to live the experience of creating and caring for a forest is a way of promoting attachment in them. First, to their school, their nearest space; then, to their city, their region of origin and its forests; and finally, to our great common home, which is our planet."
— Team Bosko, SUGi Forest Maker