PUBLIC LANDS -- School's OUT today at one Utah university so students, faculty and staff can immerse in nature and celebrate the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. More than 100 outing options are available in the SUU Day in the Parks -- and nobody has to travel far.
Southern Utah University in Cedar City is surrounded within a five-hour drive by five national parks and 15 national monuments and recreation areas -- the largest concentration of these gems in the nation.
The experiences include caving in Great Basin National Park, pop-up theatrical performances in Zion National Park, painting in Cedar Breaks National Monument, wilderness medicine in Brian Head, mountain biking at Three Peaks Recreational Area and exploring the Grand Canyon.
Additional activities include rock climbing, kayaking, rappelling, service projects, documentary film production, and dancing among the hoodoos.
“Our intentions for SUU Day in the Parks include introducing students to their new outdoor neighborhood, expand teaching and learning opportunities beyond the classroom, and to inspire meaningful experiences,” Scott L Wyatt, SUU president said in a media release.
The school has appropriately applied for a "University of the Parks" trademark.