DSU invites community to join Geology of the National Parks trip

Dixie State University Biology Professor Del Smith interacts with students during a recent experiential learning trip to Zion National Park, date unspecified | Photo by Scott Garrett, Dixie State University, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — Dixie State University’s Physical Science Department is offering a national parks spring break trip to both students and community members, March 5-12, in celebration of the National Park Service’s 100-year anniversary.

The field trip will take attendees to all Utah national parks and several state parks and will focus on the geologic processes that have shaped Utah’s landscape and environment.

To attend the trip, community members and DSU students can register for DSU’s Geology of the National Parks course and have the option of taking only the lab or both the lecture and lab. A course fee of $600 will include transportation, lodging, entrance and all but three meals for the eight-day trip. DSU’s Janice Hayden will be the head instructor of the trip.

“I am looking forward to facilitating this experiential learning trip, which, I feel, epitomizes the DSU ‘Active Learning, Active Life’ mantra,” Hayden said. “It will be the perfect combination of experiencing the parks, while also investigating the geologic historical significance behind it all.”

On the trip itinerary are Zion, Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef, Arches and Canyonlands national parks, along with Quail Lake, Escalante Petrified Forest, Anasazi, Edge of the Cedars, Newspaper Rock, Dead Horse Point and Freemont Indian state parks and several national monuments.

“This is an excellent way to learn about the many local treasures Utah has to offer,” Physical Science Department Chair Kelly Bringhurst said. “And I can’t think of a better person from whom to learn all this than Professor Hayden.”

Students and community members must register for the course by Feb. 1. For more information about the Geology of the National Parks course trip, contact Janice Hayden by email or go online.

Event details

  • What: DSU’s National Parks Spring Break Trip
  • When: March 5-12
  • Where: Various national parks

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