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Utah Master Naturalist Desert Explorations Course - Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Escalante

Utah Master Naturalist Program

Monday, May 1, 2017 at 8:30 AM - Friday, May 5, 2017 at 4:30 PM (MDT)

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This Desert Explorations course will take place in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, and is a partnership between Utah Master Naturalist and Grand Staircase Escalante Partners.  It will start at the BLM Visitor Center in Escalante.  Class times are 8am-4pm starting Monday, May 1, and ending early afternoon on Friday, May 5.

This is an adult education program that is open to participants 18 years of age and older.  Exceptions for teens as young as 15 may be made if a parent/guardian is also registering for the course.

While many of the upland ecosystems 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 Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in the heart of the Colorado Plateau while we explore desert ecosystems and learn about how they function, the plants and animals that live there, and how they are managed.  This course will have a major focus on the amazing paleontology, archaeology, and ecology of the Monument.  Class size is small in order to maximize your opportunities for learning and having fun! 

We will be in or near the town of Escalante for the week, so there are hotel and camping options available if you need them.  It will also be possible to commute from Boulder each day, as many of our day trips will be down Hole in the Rock Rd, which is in between Escalante and Boulder.

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 Desert Explorations 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 marklc@usu.edu if you have any concerns.  Participants should be comfortable hiking at least 3 miles in a single day.

All course materials are available for download hereYou should read the Deserts textbook before the start of the course. 

There is an option to register for three (3) USU continuing education credits (CEUs) for an additional recording fee of $90 on the first day of the course.  Students may pay tuition and register for WATS 6900 to earn three (3) USU graduate credits for eah Utah Master Naturalist course.

If you are unable to join us for any reason, we can refund your registration fee if you cancel at least one week prior to the start of the course. Cancelling less than one week prior to the course results in a refund of 50% of the registration fee.  We are unable to issue any refund if a registered participant is a no-show at the start of the course.



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Interagency Visitor Center
755 W Main St
Escalante, UT

Monday, May 1, 2017 at 8:30 AM - Friday, May 5, 2017 at 4:30 PM (MDT)


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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.

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