We know: the last thing you want to do is sit around in a classroom all summer. Our summer institutes offer you the opportunity to get outside, earn credit, and learn from hands-on, inquiry-based activities. After all, the best way to learn is by experience.
Geology of Utah's National Parks
June 14 - July 1, 2014
Deadline: March 1, 2014
Geology of Utah's National Parks—Course Description
This course consists of fourteen days of field-based activities conducted in and around the national parks and monuments of eastern Utah – areas internationally recognized for their outstanding geology. Participants learn to determine how climate, sea level, and mountain building change the earth’s landscape through time. Participants practice using compasses, GPS, and maps, identifying rocks and minerals, and using engineering principles to explore geologic processes. At the end of the course, participants construct a geologic map of a portion of Dinosaur National Monument.
Isle Royale Moose Watch for Educators
August 1 - 9, 2014
Deadline: May 30, 2014
Isle Royale Moose Watch for Educators—Course Description
MooseWatch for Educators is a unique field experience in support of the ecological study of wolves and moose at Isle Royale National Park. Educators will receive the technical instruction needed to participate as a member of a backcountry research team collecting moose bones and performing field necropsies on moose kill sites. The research team will be operating in an off-trail wilderness setting involving travel by canoe and foot. They will learn research methods, backcountry navigation, and wilderness living skills. The course will integrate aspects of earth science, geography, anatomy and physiology, and general ecology and mathematics. Moose pathology and anatomy will be an integral instructional component of the program. Participants will present their findings to the researchers associated with the study as well as develop lesson plans for use at their local schools.