Semester in the Parks

Semester in the Parks Mission & Vision


Semester in the Parks capitalizes on Southern Utah University’s connection to our natural surroundings and its commitment to experiential, engaged and integrated learning to provide transformative experiences for students and faculty.


Our vision is to provide a dynamic learning environment that fosters:

  • Commitment to SUU’s Mission and Vision
  • Being a model for campus innovation and program planning
  • Rich, meaningful learning experiences for students through project-based learning to continue to provide the best undergraduate experience in the Intermountain West.
  • Faculty development that encourages life-long learning through professional development, effective peer mentoring, genuine encouragement and meaningful support
  • For all participants, an opportunity to gain or strengthen:
    • outdoor competency
    • stewardship responsibilities
    • knowledge of the cultural and natural world
    • academic/professional skills
    • commitment to live health, sustainable lives
  • Tools to tackle challenging, unscripted problems and to gain confidence in themselves