SUU and Bryce Canyon National Park Renew Alliance for Education

Published: June 13, 2022 | Author: Southern Utah University | Read Time: 1 minutes

Alliance for Education renewalSouthern Utah University and Bryce Canyon National Park have renewed the Alliance for Education during a ceremony at the picturesque national park. Through the alliance the two organizations have conducted research, created transformational learning programs and engaged students through conservation crews and internships.

“It was an honor to sign the alliance for education and recommit to advancing our educational partnership during SUU’s 125th anniversary and the kickoff to Bryce Canyon’s centennial celebration,” said SUU Interim President Mindy Benson. “We are proud to call Bryce Canyon National Park SUU’s east campus.”

For over a decade, SUU has referred to Bryce Canyon National Park as its east campus. This partnership furthers 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.

The Bryce Canyon Natural History Association (BCNHA) has been instrumental in facilitating this agreement, 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.

“The Alliance for Bryce brings two communities together to create transformative learning opportunities,” said Dr. Bridget Eastep, executive director for Outdoor Pathways at SUU. “Park staff, faculty, university staff, and students all have their lives and work enriched through this partnership.”

Known as the University of the Parks, SUU is a dynamic teaching and learning community where students and staff immerse themselves in—and are inspired by—the diverse and stunning natural landscape that surrounds the campus. SUU’s safe, residential campus allows students - more than 12,000 - to create lifelong friendships along with once-in-a-lifetime outdoor adventures in conjunction with innovative academic endeavors.

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