DSU to Offer New Zion Experiential Learning Program

DSU to Offer New Zion Experiential Learning Program


Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

Dixie State University and the DSU Department of Physical Sciences have announced plans to begin offering a new experiential learning program at Zion National Park this spring. The “Science in Zion” program will feature three two-week field experience courses beginning in May, and a four-day field course in June.

The “stay, do and learn” courses will be offered at the DSU Tanner Amphitheater near the Zion National Park entrance in Springdale, Utah. The program will make use of the unique setting of the park and surrounding areas to offer a one-of-a-kind learning experience in biology, geology and outdoor recreation courses.

Experiential learning includes a variety of activities with one common goal – to immerse students in hands-on learning outside the classroom where their experiences is at the heart of the learning process. Students will incorporate knowledge learned in traditional or online biology and geology courses to complete their studies with two weeks of intensive field experiences.

“Dixie State is excited to utilize the newly remodeled Tanner facility as a field station along with its existing use as a world class concert venue,” said Kelly Bringhurst, Chair of DSU’s Physical Sciences Department. “Zion National Park and the vicinity is a perfect outdoor laboratory for studying a wide variety of subjects.”

Bringhurst noted that trips to Bryce Canyon and Grand Canyon National Parks will also be included so that students have a wide exposure to the variety of geology and life zones found at the different parks. He added that outdoor recreation opportunities will be intertwined with science as students will be able to hike, kayak and mountain bike in the area.

“Students have the opportunity to fulfill their general education science requirements during the summer session,” Bringhurst said. “This really is a remarkable opportunity.”

The three two-week field experience courses will be held May 11-24, June 1-14 and June 22-July 5, while the environmental science four-day field experience course will be held June 16-19. Registration for all four courses are currently underway. Please visit www.dixie.edu/experiential for a complete list of courses, registration and pricing details. The course fee covers transportation from DSU to the Tanner Amphitheater field station, trips to Zion, Bryce and Grand Canyon parks, food, lodging and recreational activities.