University News

The Alliance for Education is Renewed

November 09, 2017
Author: Samantha Niemann
Category: Academics


bryce-canyon-national-park-educationSouthern Utah University recently resigned its Alliance for Education agreement with Bryce Canyon National Park.  Scott L Wyatt, SUU President, and Bryce Canyon Superintendent, Linda Mazzu met at Sunrise Point to renew the cooperative and mutually-beneficial partnership.

"I can't imagine a closer relationship between a national park and a university than what we have with Bryce Canyon,” said Wyatt. “The renewal of our Alliance for Education agreement helps us provide hundreds of paid internships for students every year--doing such things as scientific research, communications, and accounting. There are possibilities for students of every major. And we get to be in the heart of all that our lands have to offer.

For over ten years, SUU has referred to Bryce Canyon National Park as its east campus. Through the alliance the two organizations have conducted research, created transformational learning programs and engaged students through conservation crews and internships.

“The Alliance has welcomed classes from across campus, hosts about 20 interns each year, hosted our Wilderness First Responder for ten years, and it has gotten students involved with research in a number of different research projects, including geology, archeology and recreation visitor use projects,” said Director of Outdoor Engagement, Briget Eastep. “Every five years we renew the alliance, and this year there was really a sense of partnership and hope for the future.”

This alliance is to further the relationship and missions of both entities in serving the region by protecting park resources and providing enhanced visitor opportunities while educating students about park resources. The high-impact experiential learning opportunities are numerous and include internships, joint research, field trips, advocacy training and wilderness experience.

“Public lands are extremely important in the west, and we get to be in the heart of all that our lands have to offer,” said Wyatt.

Together they have leveraged resources to make a difference for education, the landscape and the lives of those who live and work between Bryce Canyon and SUU.

Learn more about the Alliance for Education.

Contact Information:
Nikki Koontz, assistant director of marketing
435-586-5487
nikkikoontz@suu.edu