Free and Open to All: Weekly Outdoor Education Series

Published: September 07, 2010 | Read Time: 2 minutes

Southern Utah University will sponsor a series of weekly one-hour sessions presented by outdoor experts designed to highlight outdoor opportunities and information. The Outdoor Education Series (OES) is a community outreach program that will include topics ranging from details in the life of an outdoor adventure guide to red rock adventures to a unique high school outdoor education program. Presenters will include SUU faculty and staff as well as public lands administrators and members of the community.

New for this fall are several opportunities to expand one's current interest to an even deeper level. Two special Saturday sessions will be offered at Kolob Canyon, Zion National Park and Snow Canyon State Park.

The Outdoor Education Series is now a Convocation course requirement this year. Lectures and the special activity series will complement the current Convocation schedule. Additionally, two OES sessions will be jointly offered with the Biology Seminar Series, highlighting black bears as well as conservation through cooperation.

Admission is free to all OES sessions. The first session begins September 9, 2010 with a presentation of “SUU Outdoor Everything” by directors and instructors of SUU outdoor organizations and programs. This first lecture will inform participants about the myriad outdoor opportunities available at SUU. Free tickets to a Radical Reels Film Screening, part of the Banff Mountain Film Festival, as well as other outdoor giveaways will be available during the opening session.

OES Sessions will be offered each week for 12 weeks on Thursdays at 11:30 a.m. in the SUU Outdoor Center.

Anne Smith, OES Coordinator, organized the sessions to improve access to outdoor information and opportunities for SUU students, faculty, staff and the local community.

Increasing outdoor experience is a primary institutional goal at SUU, taking advantage of its location among scenic state and national parks, monuments and public lands. Over the past few years SUU has developed its SUU Outdoors program, built the Challenge Course, began to offer the four-year degree in Outdoor Recreation in Parks and Tourism, installed an indoor climbing wall and offered many outdoor student and community activities.

The OES is sponsored by The Outdoor Recreation in Parks and Tourism program, The College of Humanities and Social Sciences and SUU Convocations. The complete Fall 2010 Outdoor Education Series schedule is available online.

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