Southern Utah University’s Outdoor Education Series

Southern Utah University is sponsoring a free Outdoor Education Series starting September 15 and running through December 8. The one-hour lecture series will highlight outdoor opportunities from experts in the field. The OES is every other Thursday at 11:30 a.m. in the SUU Sharwan Smith Student Center Living Room (unless otherwise noted).

Brad Kinross, OES coordinator, organized the sessions to improve access to outdoor information for SUU students, faculty, staff and the local community. Increasing people’s engagement and outdoor recreation is a primary institutional goal at SUU. SUU seeks to take advantage of its location among scenic state and national parks, monuments, and public lands.

On September 29 there will be a joint seminar with SUU Convocations in the Great Hall, in the  Hunter Conference Center. The guest lecturer is Dayton Duncan, writer and co-producer of the PBS Ken Burns documentary, The National Parks: America’s Best Idea.

Additional OES topics include soundscapes in the parks, careers in wildlife management, preserving our night skies, and cross country skiing.

The OES is sponsored by SUU’s Outdoor Engagement Center (OEC) and the Outdoor Recreation in Parks and Tourism (ORPT) program. For the Fall 2016 OES schedule, please visit the Outdoor Engagement Center at

Media Contact
Brad Kinross, Outdoor Education Series Coordinator
(435) 559-0834


Fall Semester 2016 | Outdoor Education Series Schedule


Sponsored by the SUU Outdoor Engagement Center and Outdoor Recreation in Parks and Tourism (ORPT) program

September 15: The National Parks: America’s Best Idea
Video Presentation Hosted by Brad Kinross, OES Coordinator

September 29: The National Parks: America’s Best Idea
Dayton Duncan, Writer and Co-Producer of the PBS Ken Burns documentary, The National Parks: America’s Best Idea
A Joint Seminar with SUU Convocations

October 13: Hoodoo Songs
Kelly Ricks, Bryce Canyon National Park Interpretive Ranger
From the canyons, to the critters, to the stars; come explore the soundscape of Bryce Canyon, and learn how deep listening can add dimension and creativity to your experience of the natural world.

October 27: A Career in Wildlife Management
Michael Wardle, Utah Department of Wildlife Resources. Landowner Depredation Specialist

November  10: Find Your Park…in the Dark!
Zach Schierl, Education Specialist & Dark Skies Coordinator at Cedar Breaks NM
Visitors from around the globe come to Southern Utah to experience some of the darkest, star-filled night skies in the world. But the night sky at places like Zion, Cedar Breaks, and Bryce Canyon is increasingly threatened. learn about the myriad effects of our ever-brightening lights, as well as easy things you can do to help preserve natural darkness in Southern Utah and beyond.

December 8: Introduction to Cross Country Skiing
Jim Riehle, VP/Event Coordinator, Cedar Mountain Nordic Ski Club