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September 2017
$65

ZION NARROWS SERVICE PROJECT

September 6 @ 8:15 am - 4:00 pm
Temple of Sinawava,

This 7-mile interpretive hike in the Zion Narrows is an opportunity to experience this dramatic area with a naturalist who will discuss its geology, plants, and animals. Much of the walk takes places in the Virgin River and participants should be prepared to get wet and to walk on river rocks using a walking stick. Learn about the power of flash floods to shape the landscape, see hanging gardens, and be awed by the massive vertical slabs of Navajo sandstone…

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$65

SECRETS OF CEDAR BREAKS

September 9 @ 8:00 am - 3:30 pm
Cedar Breaks Entry Station,

Cedar Breaks has some beautiful trails and superb overlooks. But did you know it is also home to some rare plants and animals found in few other places on the planet? We’ll take some popular hikes and along the way point out some of these rarities. Prepare yourself for fun hikes and fun finds. Limited to 10 participants. FEE: $65 MINIMUM ENROLLMENT: 3 by Wed, Sep 6 @ 12 noon or class will cancel. If you're reading this past the minimum…

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$60

FALL WILDFLOWERS

September 16 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Zion Human History Museum,

We often assume spring is the only time to observe native wildflowers in abundance, but a number of plant species have adapted to flowering after the summer monsoons, and so early fall can be a rewarding time for plant watching as well. Join us on an expedition in one of several possible locations within Zion National Park to observe many of the park's outstanding late-bloomers.  Learn how fall-flowering plants have to complete their life cycle before cold weather sets in and…

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$65

PINE VALLEY MOUNTAINS GEOLOGY

September 16 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
The Silver Reef Cafe, 545 N. Main
Leeds,

The geology as one transitions off the Colorado Plateau to the west towards the Basin and Range can seem a jumbled mess. Join ZCFI geologist Ben Everitt as he sheds light on this jumble and we explore what is potentially the world’s largest laccolith (a floored igneous intrusion), the Pine Valley Mountains. The class will begin and end in the town of Leeds.  Although the heart of the mountain is inaccessible without some strenuous hiking, we will tour the south…

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$45

THURSDAY TREK

September 21 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Zion Human History Museum,

Join a field institute naturalist for an introduction to the geology, flora, fauna, and cultural history of Zion. Foray into the park with a naturalist to learn about how animals and plants survive in Zion. Learn how  the canyon was formed and the geologic activity still at work today. Interpretive hikes are the naturalist's choice with each program a unique outdoor learning adventure. Limited to 11 participants. FEE: $45 MINIMUM ENROLLMENT: 2 by Tues, Sep 19 @ 12 noon or…

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$60

ARCHAEOLOGICAL FIELD DAY

September 21 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Zion Human History Museum,

Spend a day in the field with a Zion archaeologist and get a feel for the daily comings and goings of this fascinating profession. We'll start at 9am and go until 3 or 4pm. Bring lunch and lots of water and expect to hike, get dirty, and be tired by the end of the day. You might do site survey work, or cataloging, or any number of archaeological tasks. FEE: $60 (No Discounts)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! MINIMUM ENROLLMENT: 1 by Mon, Sep 18…

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$45

JOURNALING INTO A DEEPER NATURE ZONE

September 23 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Zion Human History Museum,

Spend the morning sitting quietly at two different locations within Zion Canyon and documenting sensory observations, thus creating a dialog with the immediate environment. The outcomes of this class can include notes for further nature study, sketches, creative writing inspiration, and a log of seasonal climate, plant, and animal occurrences. Locations TBD; Participants should bring binoculars if they have them, good walking shoes, clothing appropriate for the season and changing conditions, sunscreen, water, snack, and a field notebook and pens/pencils…

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$110

GRAND STAIRCASE GEOLOGY

September 30 @ 9:00 am - October 1 @ 4:00 pm
Zion Human History Museum,

Short hikes and fascinating geologic narrative will be combined with a history of southwestern Utah. On the second day, along the Kolob Terrace, see the superlative geology outside the park and then descend the Hurricane Fault. From one of the most spectacular panoramas in the entire geologic world, view the Arizona Strip and the mountains that rim the Grand Canyon. We will end up at Lava Point. Limited to 10 participants. FEE: $110.00 (No discounts) MINIMUM ENROLLMENT: 3 by Tues,…

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October 2017
$60

ARCHAEOGICAL FIELD DAY

October 5 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Zion Human History Museum,

Spend a day in the field with a Zion archaeologist and get a feel for the daily comings and goings of this fascinating profession. We'll start at 9am and go until 3 or 4pm. Bring lunch and lots of water and expect to hike, get dirty, and be tired by the end of the day. You might do site survey work, or cataloging, or any number of archaeological tasks. FEE: $60 (No Discounts)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! MINIMUM ENROLLMENT: 1 by Mon, Oct 3 @…

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$65

RIM TO FLOOR OR RIM AND BACK

October 6 @ 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Zion Human History Museum,

Need to stretch your legs a bit? Join a ZCFI naturalist as we hike either the East Mesa Trail to Observation Point down to the canyon floor at Weeping Rock or the East Rim Trail to Deertrap Mountain and back. Our actual destination will be determined the morning of the hike depending on the vehicles that are at our disposal. Either hike affords fantastic views in all directions.Along the way we’ll talk geology, botany, some biology, and desert ecosystems. We’ll…

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