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The Omora Foundation (OF) is dedicated to biocultural conservation at the southern tip of South America. In partnership with the U. de Magallanes, of administers the Omora Ethnobotanical Park (OEP). Omora, the Yahgan word for "hummingbird," a bird, but also a hero and spirit. In ancestral times, when humans and other animals lived in the same society, Omora would settle disputes, maintaining a dialogue between society and nature.
The OEP is 3 km west of Puerto Williams on Navarino Island, Chile. The OEP’s trails explore the major habitat types, including the Robalo River that provides drinking water to Puerto Williams.
OEP is a Sub‐Antarctic natural laboratory to study the role of humans in the environment, outdoor classroom for all ages, and public space to experience ways of living together based on solidarity and respect between human beings and other biological species.
The OEP has maintained for >20 years an education program with the local K‐12 school, where the OF has sponsored and conducted an elective class, “Taller Omora.” To support its education goal, from preschool to university, the OEP team, led by Dr. Ricardo Rozzi, has developed a novel 4‐step cycle, coined Field Environmental Philosophy (FEP). The FEP methodology integrates scientific research, environmental philosophy, humanities, and the arts into biocultural conservation and sustainable tourism activities such as Ecotourism with a Hand Lens.
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