São Luis Botanical Park is located in a 100-hectare environmental conservation area and offers visitors the opportunity to connect with nature, participate in activities related to sustainability, as well as contribute to the preservation of local flora and fauna.

Explore this page in order to learn more about this space dedicated to the conservation of green areas, environmental education, and leisure:

What can you find at the Botanical Park?

The attractions at São Luis Botanical Park include ecological trails, the Trail of the Senses, the Orchid Garden, the Herbarium, the Knowledge Railcar, sustainability workshops, educational games and dynamics, the Vale Space, visits to the Ponta da Madeira Industrial Port Complex, as well as VIP visits.

The space also has more than three classrooms with a capacity for up to 50 people each and an auditorium accommodating up to 200 people. The Park offers events such as workshops, courses, and seminars aimed at both the general public and collaborators at Vale. The Park also includes an amphitheatre – an open space designated for cultural and theatre presentations, as well as music.

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Visits

The Botanical Park is open to the public from Monday to Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. During visits activities are available for people of all ages. We wish to point out that, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we are using a new service format with a reduced number of visitors – a maximum of 40 people at a time.

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Virtual Visit: learn how to have an immersive experience in the Botanical Park

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On the website, through a virtual visit, it is possible to get to know our operations and see the Botanical Park through a 360º immersion. It's very easy: once you open the map, click on Maranhão and select the São Luís Botanical Park. From there, you can access the virtual tour of the Park.

Main activities

Vegetable planting workshop

In the vegetable workshop, the importance of planting seeds and seedlings in pots or flower beds is discussed. During the workshop, tips are given on: land preparation, irrigation, fertilization, and routine care. Aiming at well-being and healthy eating.

Visits to the industrial port complex

After exploring the Botanical Park, guests are able to visit Vale’s operational area. During the visit there are presentations on the following topics: Vale’s history in Brazil and around the world, day-to-day life at Vale, and Our Business. The stops on the trip include: the rotary car dumper, stockyard, and Ponta da Madeira terminal.

The Trail of the Senses

The Botanical Park’s sensory trail is an attraction adapted for guests with limited mobility or visual impairments. Visitors will encounter five stations along the trail that allow them to explore their senses, as well as a lake in which fish can be found.

Knowledge railcar

This trip takes visitors along in an old-fashioned passenger railway car, which has been renovated and modified to create a space for knowledge and fun. Here you can find a memory game along the wall with images of local fauna, books and paintings for children, samples of crafts created in workshops held in the Botanical Park, and exhibits with photos of the activities that are held at the park each day.

Meliponary

The Meliponary is a space for visits and environmental education where it is possible to learn about the life and behaviour of stingless bees, also known as meliponines.

Here you can find a total of 26 beehive boxes with gigantic bee population that can include as many as 5 thousand bees per box. In our meliponary, we work with two stingless bee species: the Tiúba (melipona fasciculada) and the “small bee” (plebeia minima).

Orchid Garden

Opened in 2011, the São Luis Orchid Garden is the first garden of its kind opened to the public in the city. The garden is home to collections of orchids that are native to the different biomes of Brazil and includes around 30 different species.

Seedlings nursery

This is the location in which seedlings destined to be used by Vale in the production of native arboreal and shrub species found in Brazilian forests are grown. The nursery is focused on forest recovery and provides communities with free genetic material. The nursery has a production capacity of 50,000 seedlings per year. There are currently 40,000 seedlings produced in the nursery each year.

Herbarium

São Luis Botanical Park’s Herbarium has 3 different types of botanical collections: exsiccates, a carpotec, and a sementeca (seed library), with specimens found in the Amazon Cerrado and the caatinga (arid regions of Northeastern Brazil).

Rooms, auditorium and amphitheater

The park has three classrooms with a capacity of 50 people each and an auditorium for 200 people. In these spaces, events such as lectures, courses and seminars are held for external audiences or internally by Vale employees and contractors. The park also has an amphitheater, an open-air space for cultural, theatrical and music presentations, with a capacity for 350 people.

Vale Space

In this environment, there is a permanent exhibition with information about Vale's operations in Maranhão, Brazil and around the world, with an emphasis on the production process from the mine, in Pará, to shipment at the Port, in São Luis.

Crafts and Environmental Education Workshop

Space reserved for recreational activities, with ecological games, art workshops and sustainable workshops, such as: bags an rugs made with cloth flaps, pet keychain, bags made with milk cartons, recycled paper picture frames, wrapper head with popsicle stick etc.

Health trail

Trilha da Saúde is a walking program guided by physical education professionals, offered free of charge to 400 residents of the Itaqui-Bacanga region. Activities such as gym classes, dance, lectures on health and exercise practices are held in the morning and afternoon, from Tuesday to Friday, in the Botanical Park. The program's objective is to contribute to the quality and life of residents of the Itaqui-Bacanga region, in addition to bringing these people closer to the company's initiatives.

Events

Various events and actions are carried out throughout the year, based on the Park's operating pillars – culture, education and health – offered to audiences of all ages. Main events: Environment Week, Picnic in the Park, Health Park, Saturday at leisure, Reading Week, Biodiversity Day, Innovation Fair, Water Day, Annual Tree Festival, Children's Week, Exhibitions, Courses, Workshops, Seminars, Sustainable Art Week, Christmas Party, among others.

Eco library

Space with children's books, games, educational videos & various educational toys, serving as a toy library.

Cactus

The cactus brings together species of cactus and succulents that can be found in the region and in Brazil. Despite being small, it has a wide variety of species, available for visitation. The Park team works on the maintenance, production, conservation and enrichment of the collection.

There are also events held involving plastic arts, sustainability workshops, performing arts, music and multimedia presentations, festivals, exhibits, as well as support for social initiatives and health campaigns.

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Environmental Education

Activities that add knowledge about sustainability are a priority of the São Luís Botanical Park.

For this reason, we are bringing together all of our activities here so that you can learn more about the park:

Ecological Trails

The Park has three ecological trails of closed forest: Mata Ciliar, Angelim da Mata, and Restauração Florestal. Each trail has its travel time and is carried out under the supervision of an environmental educator, who leads a group of up to 20 people.

During the trail, the visitor learns about botany and facts about the fauna and flora under the supervision of the educator. In addition, we also have the Trilha dos Sentidos, which was adapted to receive groups of people with disabilities and the elderly. Here, visitors can put into practice the senses of sight, touch, taste, smell and hearing.

The Environmental Education Program

The Environmental Education Program (EAP) receives support from the Municipal Education Secretariat and is offered to students from municipal public schools in the Itaqui Bacanga area. The program’s objective is to develop environmental awareness in the community, build a legacy for future generations, promote sustainability and changes in attitudes with regards to sustainability within schools and the community as a whole.

The program is aligned with UNESCO’s pillars and the topics discussed include Air, Water, Biodiversity, Energy, and Waste. The EAP, since its first edition was held in 2012 up until its most recent edition in 2019, has been able to provide instruction to 1340 students from the municipality’s Basic Education Units located in the Itaqui-Bacanga region.

Sustainable Community Project

The Sustainable Community Project aims to: encourage and train people through Environmental Education, advising on the reuse of materials that would otherwise be discarded and developing new skills. In this way, it is possible to increase the possibility of generating income for the communities involved. The project also takes place through lectures, courses and sustainable workshops, according to the local reality, focusing on the reuse of the most generated waste in the region. For example: food, paper/cardboard, plastic, fabric and elements of nature.

Trail Caravan Project

This socioenvironmental initiative offers activities centred on railway safety, environmental education, health and entertainment for children, young people, and adults from the communities surrounding the the Carajás Railroad in the states of Maranhão and Pará. Since the Trail Caravan Project was first implemented in 2017, more than 56 thousand residents from the areas surrounding the Carajás Railroad have participated. The project consists of workshops on sustainability and other topics, discussions with train engineers, and fun educational games on railway safety. There are also services available in the areas of healthcare, gymkhanas (fun competitions), distribution of snacks, and recreation.

Activities on a Passenger Train

This initiative was developed in order to provide children, young people, and adults from the communities surrounding the the Carajás Railroad in the states of Maranhão and Pará with environmental education and entertainment.

Traveling from São Luís to Açailândia, Açailândia to Santa Inês, these events take place during a voyage completed by train, making the activities more fun and educational. The activities on board the train include workshops on vegetable planting, making tiaras using different fabrics, using milk cartons as gift wrap, storytelling, face and body painting, games, a reader’s corner, among other fun and educational events.

Virtual Activities

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Botanical Park needed to adapt itself to the new moment of social distance. Starting in 2020, actions such as the Environment Week were carried out, 100% online, in addition to workshops, talks and other actions, totaling 2,137 participants and 58 online activities.

Participatory Planning Project

The project is a form of direct involvement of the Itaqui-Bacanga community in choosing, monitoring and carrying out initiatives carried out in the Botanical Park.

Main actions: Clothing Customization Workshop, Theater Shows, Alternative Culinary Workshop, Talent Show, Musical Saturday, Music Workshop, Dance Class, Project Development Mini-course, Visual Arts Exhibition, among others.

Itinerant Park Project

The Parque Itinerante project is a socio-environmental action developed for the communities of São Luís and along the Carajás Railroad. The actions have an environmental, social and sustainable nature with the participation of communities. Among them are: lectures, mini-courses or workshops as requested.

Locale

Av. dos Portugueses, s/n - Anjo da Guarda, São Luís - MA, 65085-581





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