New Springtime Classes Launch at SUU Community Education

Published: January 11, 2019 | Author: Haven Scott | Read Time: 2 minutes

Spring Community Education class

The weather is turning warmer and the fog of winter is lifting day by day — so the question is, what are you doing with your free time this spring? Join more than 350 community members already signed up for fun, affordable community classes in 2019.

Spend time with a loved one, learn some new hikes, or spruce up your property with instruction from professionals who love to share their passions. Classes starting in March include two options for those wanting to spend more time outdoors with their canine friends.

SUU Community Education instructor Gail Workman has been teaching others how to improve their dog’s behavior for more than thirty years. Her community education class, Positive Dog Training, will teach participants dog training methods using a clicker.

Also new this spring, Adventure Hiking: Paws and Pathways is a class for those who love to hike with their furry companions. Participants will explore and learn all about southern Utah’s ecosystems in three Saturday hikes covering desert, alpine and sagebrush landscapes near St. George, Cedar City, and Brian Head. A dog is not required to take part in these educational excursions. But, for those who wish, one leashed canine per participant is allowed.

“The community provided us with great survey feedback,” said SUU Community Education Executive Director Melynda Thorpe. “In response, a lot of our new courses for 2019 were created for people to take a class with their spouse, child, friend, or another loved one.”

Two new classes for homeowners looking to spruce up their properties this spring are also available for registration. Landscaping with Native Plants is a class that makes sense for today’s homeowner due to their ability to adapt to So. Utah’s climate, low maintenance, and low requirements for water, fertilizer, and pruning. Native plants are also more resistant to diseases and pests.

Also, Fire-Wise Landscape will teach homeowners how to make their home safer during wildfire season. Participants will also work with the instructor to develop a personal safety plan for their property to be prepared in the event of a fire.

“Native plants are important in Utah because this state is part of a fire-adapted ecosystem — which means that fires happen here on a regular basis,” said SUU Community Education instructor Dr. Jackie Grant. “Although we often overlook them, native plants provide the groundwork for what makes this state so special.”

For those that love art, learn to create a succulent living wreath, make tiles using the new rage, alcohol ink painting, or learn the art of acrylic pouring in three new art classes. Bring a friend or family member for double the fun and creative learning experience.

For more information on these or any of the 50 new courses for spring 2019, visit, call (435) 865-8259, or stop by the SUU Office of Community and Academic Enrichment at 136 W. University Blvd, Suite 003, in Cedar City for help registering.

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