Fall Outside with SUU’s Weekly Outdoor Series

Published: September 14, 2015 | Read Time: 1 minutes

SUU students hiking in southern UtahSouthern Utah University is sponsoring a free Outdoor Education Series every week starting on September 17 and running through November 19. The one-hour lecture series will highlight outdoor opportunities from experts in the field. The OES is every Thursday at 11:30 a.m. in the SUU Sharwan Smith Student Center Living Room (unless otherwise noted).

Anne Smith, OES coordinator, organized the sessions to improve access to outdoor information for SUU students, faculty, staff and the local community. Increasing people’s engagement and outdoor recreation is a primary institutional goal at SUU. SUU seeks to take advantage of its location among scenic state and national parks, monuments, and public lands.

Guest lecturers include Jake Manning, outdoor recreation in parks and tourism professor, Terry Tempest Williams, a well-known Utah natural history writer and poet and Ngim Chhamji Sherpa an international student from Nepal. Sherpa and her father, a Nepalis guide, are recognized in the Guinness Book of World Records as the first father-daughter team to successfully summit Mt. Everest.

Two sessions will be jointly offered with the Biology Seminar Series highlighting insects of Capitol Reef National Park as well as science in the national parks. These joint sessions will be held on September 24 and November 19 at 1 p.m. in the Science Building, room 114.

Additional OES topics include archeology adventures, outdoor play, prairie dog management, and citizen involvement with public lands.

The OES is sponsored by SUU’s Outdoor Engagement Center (OEC) and the Outdoor Recreation in Parks and Tourism (ORPT) program. For the Fall 2015 OES schedule, please visit the Outdoor Engagement Center.

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