The Environmental Centre in Katelios is our educational ‘headquarters’.
On the road between Skala and Argostoli, interrupting the long series of hotels and restaurants, you can find the Environmental Centre of Katelios. The building used to be the local school. It was closed and left abandoned for many years, until the Katelios Group was granted permission to use it. With donations and a lot of effort, it was renewed and opened to the public in 1999.
The Environmental Centre hosts information not only about Loggerhead sea turtles, but also about all the wildlife of the area and of the island. It has displays about the marine life in Katelios bay, fishing techniques and traditions. Also about local herbs and vegetation, birds and terrestrial reptiles, geology. It is maintained and staffed by members and volunteers, and supported by their and tourists’ donations. Many local schools and thousands of international tourists visit the Centre every year. It is an invaluable reference point for environmental education in Southern Kefalonia, and the place to go if you want information about sea turtles in Kefalonia.
The Environmental Centre is just out of Katelios, on the main road between Skala and Argostoli. We open every day in the summer, from 9:30-13:30 in the morning and from 17:00-20:30 in the afternoon.
Coming from Argostoli you will find it on your left, at the end of the long hotel strip before you get down into Katelios centre.
Coming from Skala: Stay on the main road, just after you pass the junction to turn down to (Kato) Katelios you will see it on your right.
It is a yellow and white building, with childrens play equipment in the garden outside, and the Katelios Group logo is painted on the wall by the door. We hope to see you there soon!