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While many of the upland systems in Utah, such as the Colorado Plateau, Great Basin, and Mojave Desert, vary in plant and animals communities, they all share common features- low precipitation resulting in arid or semi-arid deserts, relatively high elevation, and climatic extremes including hot summers and/or cold winters. As a result, the plants and animals of these areas possess extreme adaptations for survival. Come join us while we explore these systems and learn about how they function, the plants and animals that live there, and how they are managed. Class size is small in order to maximize your opportunities for learning and having fun!
Each Utah Master Naturalist Program module consists of 40 hours of instruction, at least 60% of which is spent in the field. Classroom and field activities will include instructor presentations, guest presentations on relevant resource issues, small group activities, and open discussions.
Due to the nature of the Deserts class, we will be walking and hiking over some uneven terrain, often in rocky environments. While we do our best to accommodate people of all abilities, please contact Mark at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any concerns.
There is an option to receive three (3) USU credits for an additional recording fee of $90. All course materials will be mailed to you approximately two weeks before the class begins. This will give you time to read them before the class starts, if you wish.
If you are unable to join us for any reason, we can refund your registration fee. Please let us know as soon as you can. If registration is cancelled within two weeks of the start date of a class, a fee of $50 will be assessed to cover the cost of materials.
This class will be held at The Edzoocation Station at Utah's Hogle Zoo. Class times are 9am-5pm starting Monday, June 17 and ending Friday June 21.
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Utah Master Naturalist Program
The Utah Master Naturalist Program is a Utah State University Extension program that is taught throughout Utah, often by partner organizations. The goal of the Utah Master Naturalist Program is to connect people with the natural world in which they live to promote stewardship and sustainability of Utah's beautiful natural world.