Gorosti: discovering nature

1987/06/01 Aizpurua Sarasola, Joxerra Iturria: Elhuyar aldizkaria

We took the case of the recorder and had the following interview with Luis Miguel García Bonita, Professor of Biology at the Burlada Institute, born in Tudela.
Luis Miguel García Bona.
Joxerra Aizpurua

It's nine o'clock on Saturday morning. In front of "Radio Pamplona" the bus is waiting for me, full to the hill. Boys and girls aged 20 are mixed with women and men aged 50. However, Begoña Ujer has enabled a place by her side for me to feel. The bus has left and Luis Miguel García Bona has taken the microphone. He talks about the geological history of the Etxauri rocks. He points out the characteristics of his land and the characteristics of the Canadian poplars and black alders that we see to the left of the road.

Under the hermitage of Santa Engracia we made the first stop. In a 20 minute tour, Luis tells us the ecological life of the trees, plants and rocks that are seen on the road or on the edge of the road. It mentions few technical names. Applying the logic of nature, why this type of trees and the rest not, why here there are brambles and there not, why even though everyone treads in half way this plant subsists, etc. explains it to us. That is, it works the natural sciences in an informative way.

We entered the bus and continued again on the road. The second and most important stop was in Eraul. Following the path of the Monastery of Irantzu, Luis has given us a thousand details and explanations as we walk.

Lightning tree.
Joxerra Aizpurua

With the tranquility of the desktop, we entered the booth in the recorder and had the following interview, born in Tudela, with Luis Miguel García Bonita, Professor of Biology of the Institute of Burlada.

Elh. : When and how did Gorosti start? What are your goals?

Luis: The disappearance of ANAN, association of natural sciences, left a place in Navarre in the field of natural sciences. Then, I organized a series of activities such as natural weeks, fungi and flora exhibitions, botanical excursions, etc. For these activities I had the collaboration of the entity "Principe de Viana" and the Diputación de Navarra, and a group of people gathered around them.

The members of this group were mainly biologists, teachers and amateurs, and thus the Gorosti association emerged. The most important objective was to organize outreach activities for anyone. This process took place about 3 years ago and the first year was very moved: we organized numerous activities to present our association to the people.

I mentioned earlier what the main goal is, but we also have other goals.

On the way to Santa Engracia surrounded by oaks.
Joxerra Aizpurua

On the one hand, we want to offer help and experience to all the people who have just finished their studies. On the other hand, if any man has to consult some subject of the science of nature, we also want to offer him a space for it. We also respond to the offer that comes from public institutions. Therefore, courses for teachers, natural arrangements for young people, etc. are organized.

One of our activities is undoubtedly the management of the Aranzadi School Farm. The Granja Escuela has 50 students and six teachers from our association work there. Students are taught everything related to agriculture and livestock. It teaches the agriculture of the brow and irrigation lands, the cultivation of hens, sheep, cows, pigs, rabbits, worms, snails, bees, etc. and growing cheeses, chorizos, migas, hams, etc.

Elh. : How do people respond to your actions?

Luis: The answer is good and getting better. At first we organized many activities because we had to get to know each other. But the actions we prepare today are for small groups, that is, groups of 60-100, because we want more and more quality.

Elh. : What are your funding channels?

Any piece of stone has its characteristics.
Joxerra Aizpurua

Luis: I have said before that before creating the association, the entity "Principe de Viana" promoted the organized activities. But after the creation of the association, the situation changed and although we are fully financed by the petitions that come from the institutions, the same does not happen in the activities organized by ourselves, which finance only part of the total cost. Another source of income is the one we get through partners. We have about 300 partners and each 1,800 ptas. pay annually.

Elh. : What plans do you have for the future?

Luis: I think that the road traveled so far has been good and we will continue in the same line. We will improve and not only the level of disclosure, but also the level of research. We want to turn the association into a workplace. Thus any biologist, expert or amateur can carry out their work. We want to create an efficient museum that combines different materials. Useful materials will be placed in it along with visual materials.

Elh. : You publish Gorosti magazine. Tell us what the magazine works.

Luis: If any action is not written about it, it is usually forgotten. For this not to happen, we always prepare scripts before we perform our actions. We have this material collected and bound.

We saw the wonderful arts.
Joxerra Aizpurua

Once the association was created we had clear that we needed the magazine. With this magazine we wanted to meet the following objectives:

    To continue the outreach work we do orally. Show the public some aspects of nature in Navarre. Discuss current issues related to nature.
  • etc.

Therefore, the so-called classic themes (such as spiders, mushrooms, dolmens, etc.) mix with topical issues such as crabs, garden plants, elm disease, etc.

Although we want to get four numbers a year, due to funding difficulties, at the moment we have to settle for this number that we released in spring. We take out 2,000 copies and it is on sale in bookstores.

Elh. : Do you have anything to mention?

Luis: Finally, I would like to mention two actions. On the one hand, for the ONCE (Blind Association), the last rides we are organizing. On the other hand, the marking of the megalithic monuments of Navarre.

We left Eraul.
Joxerra Aizpurua
Elh. : Thank you Luis.

The departure ended at five and a half in the afternoon.

Afterwards, I entered the bus station and while drinking coffee, I tried to sort out the experience I had had during the day. "Can't this experience be extended to other Basque provinces?" I thought. But then I found the answer: "We already have Aranzadi." Aranzadi is dedicated to higher education. Isn't it possible that Gorosti resembles what he does about outreach elsewhere? The Aranzadi have an answer.