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This class will involve overnight camping, day hikes, and dark sky exploration. It will take us into Arches National Park, Dead Horse Point State Park, and surrounding public lands to explore a sampling of trails, arches, vistas, overlooks, and the celebrated dark skies of Southern Utah. From our base camp at Dead Horse Point State Park, we will venture out by foot during the day to explore what the area offers. At night we will journey into the cosmos to learn about the celebrated dark skies of southern Utah, explore cultural interpretations of constellations, and learn why our state has more dark sky parks than any other in the nation. This class has two class meetings and a field experience associated with it. Attendance at both class meetings is mandatory.
This noncredit class meets with a regular University of Utah credit course.
Class Sections For Exploring Dark Parks - Day Hikes & Dark Skies (PRTL 258)
Spring 2022 Section 1, Starting on: 02/16/2022
This course will take us into Capitol Reef National Park and surrounding public lands to explore a sampling of trails, buttes, vistas, and the celebrated dark skis of Southern Utah. From our basecamp, we will venture out by foot during the day to explore the wildlands in and around Capitol Reef National Park. At night, we will journey deep into the cosmos to study the dark skies of Southern Utah, explore indigenoush interpretations of constellations, and learn why our state has more dark sky parks than any other in the nation. This course has two pre-trip meetings, day hikes, dark sky exploration, and overnight camping. Camping is required. Class meets on-campus on Feb. 16 and at the Clark Planetarium (downtown SLC) on Feb. 23. Attendance at both class meetings is mandatory. Field experience will be from Mar. 4th to Mar. 6th. Overnight camping. *Drops are not possible after the second day following the first class meeting.* To determine the last day to drop this miscellaneous course, see http://registrar.utah.edu/handbook/miscellaneous.php