Semester in the Parks

Semester in the Parks Now Accepting Applications for Fall Semester 2019

Immersed in Parks

Be part of a unique, field-based academic field school and internship program being offered in partnership with Southern Utah University, Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, the Dixie National Forest, Sand Hollow State Park and Ruby’s Inn. You can choose a field school option and still be able to be based on SUU’s campus or you can choose to apply for an internship and the field school and be based at your internship location. Internship partners include Bryce Canyon National Park, Zion National Park, Ruby’s Inn, Sand Hollow State Park and the Dixie National Forest. Please see the Program Courses for a full description of the field school.

Learning in the Field

The program begins September 16 and will end December 13. You will spend two full weeks in the field and participate in field labs every other weekend.

  • Sept 16 - 20 - Introduction to Southern Utah and Public Lands
  • Sept 23 - 27 - Field excursion
  • Sept. 30 - Nov. 15 - Field labs (every other weekend), courses online, and/or internships
  • Nov. 18 - 22 - Final Field Excursion
  • Dec. 1 - 13 - Final projects, wrap up and finals

All courses and field labs will be led by Semester in the Parks Faculty.


Students can choose from 3 options to immerse in parks and public lands for a semester.

Option 1: Public Lands Stewardship Field School (12-18 credit hours)

Designed for students who want to participate in a field school, but take other courses on campus. Students are responsible for their own housing.

Option 2: Public Lands Stewardship Field School + Internship (15-18 credit hours)

Designed for students who want to complete an internship (for credit) and participate in the field school. Students will earn living wages in their internships. Some housing is available.

Option 3: Parks Hospitality + Custom Course Load

Designed for hospitality students working toward their 800-hour work requirement. Students will have the opportunity to live and work at Ruby’s Inn near Bryce Canyon National Park. Students in this option will custom build their schedules with their academic adviser.


In addition to regular SUU tuition and fees, the program has a $1500 charge that covers the cost of field transportation, trip meals, group equipment, entrance fees and some limited housing and meals. Program students will also receive an annual Interagency Pass, allowing them access to all National Parks and more than 2,000 recreation areas nationwide after the program is completed.