Semester in the Parks

Semester in the Parks Now Accepting Applications for Fall Semester 2019

Immersed in Parks

Semester in the Parks is an immersive field school and internship program connecting students to parks and public lands. Our 2019 Internship partners include Bryce Canyon National Park, Zion National Park, Cedar Breaks National Monument, Pipe Springs National Monument, Ruby's Inn (near Bryce), Sand Hollow State Park and the Dixie National Forest. Please see the Certificate Options for a full description of available courses.

The program begins September 16 and will end December 13. You will spend two full weeks in the field and participate in field labs every other weekend.

Important Dates

  • Sept 16 - 20 - Introduction to Southern Utah and Public Lands
  • Sept 23 - 27 - Field excursion
  • Sept. 30 - Nov. 15 - Field labs (every other weekend), courses online, and/or internships
  • Nov. 18 - 22 - Final Field Excursion
  • Dec. 1 - 13 - Final projects, wrap up and finals

Certificate Options

The Semester in the Parks Program will offer students several options for an immersive public lands learning experience. The program will last approximately from mid-September to mid-December. Depending on which option a student chooses, there may be opportunities to extend for a longer period.

Descriptions for these courses can be found in the .

Designed for students who want to participate in a field school, but take other courses on campus. Students are responsible for their own housing.

All students will be required to enroll in the following two core courses:

  • UNIV 3500 - Interdisciplinary Park Studies (3 credits)
  • UNIV 3500 - Capstone (2 credits)

Students can then choose up to 12 additional credits:

  • ORPT 4020 - Interpretation (3 credits)
  • ANTH 4960 - Archeological Field Methods (3 credits)
  • BIOL 4920 - Biology Workshop (3 credits)
  • ENGL 3120 - Grant and Technical Writing (3 credits)

Designed for students who want to complete an internship (for credit) and participate in the field school. Students will earn living wages in their internships. Some housing is available.

All students will be required to enroll in the following three core courses:

  • UNIV 3500 - Interdisciplinary Park Studies (3 credits)
  • UNIV 3500 - Capstone (2 credits)
  • ORPT 4860 - Internship (3-6 credits)
    • Internship credit available in BIOL, ANTHRO, or ORPT
    • Requires an additional application

Students can then choose up to 6 additional credits:

  • ORPT 4020 - Interpretation (3 credits)
  • ANTH 4960 - Archeological Field Methods (3 credits)
  • BIOL 4920 - Biology Workshop (3 credits)
  • ENGL 3120 - Grant and Technical Writing (3 credits)

Designed for hospitality students working toward their 800-hour work requirement for HRHM 4500 (1 credit). Students will have the opportunity to live and work at Ruby's Inn near Bryce Canyon National Park. Students in this option will custom build their schedules with their academic advisor.

Mission

Semester in the Parks capitalizes on ’s connection to our natural surroundings and its commitment to experiential, engaged and integrated learning to provide transformative experiences for students and faculty.

Vision

Our vision is to provide a dynamic learning environment that fosters:

  • Commitment to SUU’s Mission and Vision
  • Being a model for campus innovation and program planning
  • Rich, meaningful learning experiences for students through project-based learning to continue to provide the best undergraduate experience in the Intermountain West.
  • Faculty development that encourages life-long learning through professional development, effective peer mentoring, genuine encouragement and meaningful support
  • For all participants, an opportunity to gain or strengthen:
    • outdoor competency
    • stewardship responsibilities
    • knowledge of the cultural and natural world
    • academic/professional skills
    • commitment to live health, sustainable lives
  • Tools to tackle challenging, unscripted problems and to gain confidence in themselves

Administration

Semester in the Parks is a program of the Outdoor Engagement Center in the School of Integrative and Engaged Learning.


Semester in the Parks Partners