Bryce Canyon National Park and Southern Utah University are engaged in a variety of programs to benefit students, the park and local communities. To formally extend their partnership, the park and SUU officials met on Bryce Canyon's majestic rim Friday, August 29, to renew its Alliance for Education.
The Alliance for Education, initiated in 2006, advances the mission of both entities in serving the region by:
Offering exceptional educational and experiential opportunities for SUU students in a variety of academic programs;
Providing outdoor laboratory and classroom facilities to teach students while collecting valuable information for managing park resources;
And collaborating with communities to enhance their economic, technological and cultural interests.
The partnership has also provided internship opportunities in the Park for University students; the chance for Park staff to serve on appropriate University committees; consultation services for University students and faculty; park office and lab space for University research; joint participation in lectures, field trips and seminars; SUU library access for Park employees; and the dissemination of information about each other's services.
The Bryce Canyon Natural History Association (BCNHA) has been instrumental in facilitating this agreement through its Executive Director and Board of Directors, bringing together park managers and University administrators in this collaborative venture. The BCNHA is a non‐profit organization supporting educational programs and research projects that promote understanding and appreciation of Bryce Canyon National Park.