Global Network of National Geoparks

New Educational Programs of Naturtejo Geopark for 2008/09 Presented

Source : Source: Naturtejo Geopark’s Newsletter, Issue 23   Published :August 14, 2008

The brand new Educational Programs of Naturtejo Geopark for 2008/09 where presented in the XV Symposium on Geology Teaching, promoted by the Asociación Española para el Ensino de las Ciencias de la Tierra, and organized by Alcalá University in the city of Guadalajara. More than 200 Geology teachers of all teaching levels were present, coming from Spain, Brazil and Portugal. During the symposium occurred pedagogical tools exhibitions, conferences, debates, workshops, poster presentations, talks and fieldtrips. Manuela Catana, as in charge of the Educational Programs of the Naturtejo Geopark, presented a talk on Naturtejo Geopark Educational Programs for schools: a significant field apprenticeship. The new booklet describing the 10 educational programs, both in Portuguese and Spanish, was presented and distributed by many interested teachers. But Naturtejo Geopark was represented in this symposium also by a project on geological site museums and exomuseums (interpreted geosites) presented by Professor Guillermo Meléndez from the Zaragoza University and having Joana Rodrigues from the Naturtejo Geopark as co-author. This project of a European Network shows Penha Garcia future Palaeozoic Museum and Ichnological Park as example with a strong importance on geodidactics and to burst geotourism. Prof. Meléndez also presented this multinational project in the VII Spanish Congress of Geology organized this year in the Canary Islands where unfortunately Naturtejo Geopark did not have the opportunity to be represented there.