It’s the caves and the canyons. It’s the fresh powder and the twinkling stars. And for Southern Utah University Outdoor Education Series (OES), it’s all those things and more.
One class may not offer such a vast range of topics, but during one semester OES will provide information and instruction concerning all things outdoors for the novice to the expert in a free weekly series open to the general public as well as the campus community.
“There is something for every body,” exclaimed Anne Smith, OES director and SUU instructor for outdoor recreation. “OES provides outdoor related information and activities across a broad spectrum of interests—the natural world, outdoor recreation, art, history, to skill development. You’ll have opportunities to hear about different topics and connect with a variety of people.
This semester will offer instruction on topics such as wilderness at its wildest, star constellations and myths surrounding it, caves and canyoneering, Grand Canyon Geology, and even an Olympic experience.
The Series will begin on Thursday, January 23 at 11:30 a.m. at SUU Outdoors located within the Sharwan Smith Student Center with a special presentation by Brian Head Resort Ski Patrol on ski safety. A special ski safety two-hour opportunity will take place the following Saturday, January 25 at 9 a.m. at Brian Head Ski Resort. Meet at SUU Outdoors to carpool and received a reduced lift ticket for $27.
Now in it’s fourth year, Smith has implemented more interdisciplinary events with multiple colleges and area groups such as Brian Head Ski Resort and SUU Department of Biology to help provide more opportunities in the field.
The OES is one of the many efforts by SUU to take advantage of its scenic location. Over the past few years SUU has developed its SUU Outdoors program, built a Challenge Course, began to offer a four-year degree in Outdoor Recreation in Parks and Tourism, installed an indoor climbing wall, offered many outdoor student and community activities, and opened the new the Outdoor Engagement Center.
The OES is sponsored by SUU’s Outdoor Engagement Center and the Outdoor Recreation in Parks and Tourism program. For the Spring 2014 Outdoor Education Series schedule, please visit the Harry Reid Center for Outdoor Engagement in person or online, at www.suu.edu/uc/outdoor/.