The Utah Master Naturalist Program consists of three 40-hour courses that focus on exploring, learning about, and conserving Utah's beautiful natural ecosystems. The majority of each course is spent outdoors, and class size is small to maximize learning and fun!
From high alpine lakes and streams to the Great Salt Lake and unique temporary wetlands of the arid desert, Utah has a vast diversity of aquatic systems that interact with each other throughout, and across, watersheds. Come join us while we explore these systems and learn about how they function, the plants and animals that live there, and how they are managed.
Each Watersheds class emphasizes experiencing and learning about rivers, streams, wetlands, lakes, and Great Salt Lake, as well as how they interact within a local watershed.
While many of the upland systems in Utah, such as the Colorado Plateau, Great Basin, and Mojave Desert, vary in plant and animals communities, they all share common features- low precipitation resulting in arid or semi-arid deserts, relatively high elevation, and climatic extremes including hot summers and/or cold winters. As a result, the plants and animals of these areas possess extreme adaptations for survival. Come join us while we explore these systems and learn about how they function, the plants and animals that live there, and how they are managed.
During a Deserts class, we might spend time exploring the sagebrush and pinyon-juniper communities of the foothills, identifying wildflowers of the Great Basin, or spending a few days immersed in the geology, history, and ecology of the Moab area.
Some of the greatest ecological diversity and scenic beauty in Utah exists in the forest and alpine environments. Throughout these systems, temperature, elevation, and precipitation play an important role in defining plant and animal communities and their interactions. Come join us while we explore these systems and learn about how they function, the plants and animals that live there, and how they are managed.
Mountains classes usually take place in the months of July and August so that we are likely to hit the peak of wildflowers and agreeable weather. Throughout the class, we study the climate, geology, plant communities, and wildlife as we climb higher in elevation. We also explore the rich history in mining, grazing, National Forests, and recreation of Utah's mountains.