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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 at Dead Horse Point State Park in the heart of the Colorado Plateau 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!
We will be camping at Dead Horse Point State Park all week, and will use the park as our home base for exploring the area. Previous camping experience is required, and participants will likely need to share tents with other participants of the same gender. We will provide 4-person tents unless you can bring your own.
Each Utah Master Naturalist course consists of 40 hours of instruction, nearly all of which is spent outdoors. 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 course, we will be walking and hiking over 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. Participants should be comfortable hiking at least 2-3 miles in a single day.
All course materials are available for download here. It is highly recommended that you read them before the start of the course. There is an option to register for three (3) USU credits for an additional recording fee of $90 on the first day of the course.
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 you are unable to attend.
This course will start at the Dead Horse Point State Park Visitor Center. Class times are 9am-5pm starting Monday, September 26th and ending Friday September 30th.
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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.