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Utah Master Naturalist Desert Explorations Course - Utah's Hogle Zoo and Moab

Utah Master Naturalist Program

Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at 9:00 AM - Friday, June 15, 2018 at 5:00 PM (MDT)

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This Desert Explorations course will be taught by Utah's Hogle Zoo educators, and will be based at the Education Building.  Class times are 9am-5pm starting Tuesday, June 12, and ending Friday, June 15.  The first two days of this field course will take place at Utah's Hogle Zoo in Salt Lake City.  The second two days will include a trip to Moab to explore the deserts of southern Utah.  Utah's Hogle Zoo will provide transportation to and from Moab, leaving on Thursday morning and returning Friday evening.  Lodging is on your own, with several hotel and camping options in the area.  Email Suzanne Zgraggen at if you have questions about the course logistics.

You will be given access to the Desert Explorations online course one month before the start of this field course, and you will be required to complete the online course before attending the field course.  

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.  Please email Mark Larese-Casanova at if you would like to bring a child as young as 15.

Course Description
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 course consists of 40 hours of instruction, with approximately 16 hours covered in the online course, and the remaining 24 hours spent outdoors in a field course.  Field course activities will include instructor-led discussions, 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 if you have any concerns.

Course Materials
All course mate
rials are available for download here.  It is highly recommended that you read them before the start of the course.

Course Fees
The $225 registration fee covers the cost of both the online course ($50) and the field course ($175).  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 field course
.  Students may pay tuition and register for WATS 6900 to earn three (3) USU graduate credits for each 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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Utah's Hogle Zoo
2600 Sunnyside Ave
Salt Lake City, UT 84108

Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at 9:00 AM - Friday, June 15, 2018 at 5:00 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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