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General Catalog Fall 2012
Posted Mar 02, 2012

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1120  Natural Resources Learning, State Lands: Outdoor Cooking and Camping (2)
   Skills required for safe and enjoyable camping and cooking experiences within the context of gaining knowledge about environmental care and outdoor resource management of constructed camping areas. Car-based overnight camping.

1133  NR-Backpack Fly Fishing in Southern Utah (2)
   Through class and field sessions, students examine resource management issues, and learn specific skills related to camping and fishing. Overnight camping.

1140  Natural Resources Learning, State Lands: Bicycle Touring and Camping (2)
   Resource management issues, skills, safety, consumerism, and environmental ethics in the context of bicycle touring and camping on state managed lands. Overnight camping.

1150  Natural Resources Learning: Nature Photography (2)
   Natural resource management issues, skills, safety, consumerism, and environmental ethics in the context of nature photography on state or federal managed lands. Overnight camping.

1151  Advanced Nature Photography (2)
   Students will explore advanced nature photography techniques. Students will learn high dynamic range photography in an outdoor setting as well as utilizing a computer lab for processing. Students will also learn about resource management issues regarding outdoor photography as well as how to apply LNT principles and proper etiquette for photography.

1160  Natural Resources Learning, State Lands: Pistol Marksmanship (1.5)
   Handgun nomenclature, safety, gun cleaning, ethics and personal responsibility, shot preparation and delivery techniques, physical strengthening exercises, training exercises to enhance performance, mental techniques for learning any skill, discussion of activities for life-long participation.

1219  NR-Day Hikes Wasatch (1)
   Basic hiking for beginning or experienced hikers. Core areas include safety, Leave-No-Trace, technique, history, equipment, ecology, route finding, and natural resources management.

1220  Natural Resources Learning, Federal Lands: Autumn Backpacking (2)
   Resource management issues, skills, safety, consumerism, and environmental ethics associated with backpacking on federal lands. Overnight camping.

1221  Natural Resources Learning, Federal Lands: Backpacking Lake Powell Area (2)
   Resource management, skills, safety, consumerism, and environmental ethics associated with backpacking in this National Recreation Area. Overnight camping.

1222  Natural Resources Learning, Federal Lands: Backpacking the Uinta Mountains (2)
   Resource management issues, skills, safety, consumerism, and environmental ethics associated with backpacking on Forest Service managed lands. Overnight camping.

1223  Natural Resources Learning, Federal Lands: Alpine Backpacking (2)
   Resource management issues, skills, safety, consumerism, and environmental ethics associated with hiking in high mountain environments. Overnight camping.

1224  Natural Resources Learning, Federal Lands: Desert Backpacking (2)
   Resource management issues, skills, safety, consumerism, and environmental ethics associated with backpacking in desert lands managed by the BLM. Overnight camping.

1225  Natural Resources Learning, Federal Lands: Animal Behavior and Tracks (2)
   Resource management, observation of animal sign and behavior, environmental ethics, outdoor skill, day hikes.

1226  Natural Resources Learning, Federal Lands: Map and Compass (1)
   Resource management issues, skills, safety, consumerism, and environmental ethics of overland travel and route finding on federally-managed lands.

1227  NR-Bird Observation and Behavior (1)
   Students engage in a variety of learning activities that allow safe participation in a variety of skills associated with birds in a natural environment. Leave No Trace, resource management issues, cultural history, and natural history are addressed. Bird identification skills are learned through direct observation, field guides, and optical equipment. Course analyzes how natural resource management issues affect bird populations and human recreation throughout Utah.

1230  Natural Resources Learning, Federal Lands: Rock Climbing I (2)
   Resource management issues, activity skills, safety, consumerism, and environmental ethics associated with rock climbing on federally managed lands. For students who have not previously engaged in rock climbing.

1231  Natural Resources Learning, Federal Lands: Rock Climbing II (2)
   Resource management issues, activity skills, safety, consumerism, and environmental ethics associated with rock climbing on lands managed by our federal government. For students who have some experience in rock climbing.

1232  Natural Resources Learning, Federal Lands: Rock Climbing III (2)
   Resource management, activity skills, safety, consumerism, and environmental ethics associated with rock climbing on federal lands. For students of intermediate or better skill levels.

1233  Rock Climbling IV (2)
   The basic procedures involved with the activity of rock climbing will be explained, demonstrated, and practiced during this course. All skills including those associated with lead climbing will be explored, taught and managed in a single pitch setting. "Leave No Trace" skills, and associated safety skills will be taught and applied throughout the course. Students will also explore the issues and guidelines related to the management and usage of public lands as they relate to recreational use.

1235  Natural Resources Learning, Federal Lands: Rock Climbing I Seminar (2)
   Resource management issues, activity skills, safety, consumerism, and environmental ethics associated with rock climbing. For people who have not previously engaged in rock climbing.

1236  Natural Resources Learning, Federal Lands: Rock Climbing II Seminar (2)
   Resource management issues, activity skills, safety, consumerism, and environmental ethics associated with rock climbing on federal lands. For students with some experience in rock climbing.

1237  NR-Indoor Rock Climbing I (2)
   This is a basic rock climbing class which focuses not only on belaying, knot tying, and safety concerns, but also on bouldering, climbing techniques, and route reading. Low ropes elements will also be incorporated into the class. Additionally, core curriculum includes environmental and resource management aspects of this popular sport.

1238  NR-Indoor Rock Climbing II (2)
   This course provides a review of all belay, knot tying, risk management, and rope skills learned in preceding sections, then explore basic lead climbing skills. Students solidify technique and movement while bouldering and roped climbing in an indoor setting.

1240  Natural Resources Learning, Federal Lands: Mountain Bike Plateau Country (2)
   Resource management, activity skills, safety, consumerism, and environmental ethics associated with mountain biking in Utah's high desert country. Overnight camping.

1241  Natural Resources Learning-Mountain Bike Day Rides (1)
   Course explores aspects of recreational mountain biking, focusing on safety skills, environmental awareness, skill building, resources management issues, social aspects of resource use, and health-building opportunities of outdoor recreation. Physical participation is balanced with classroom activities and outside-of-class requirements to assure a full-value experience for students.

1245  Natural Resources Learning, Federal Lands: Bike Touring Zion National Park (2)
   Resource management, activity skills, safety, consumerism, and environmental ethics associated with bicycle touring Zion National Park. Overnight camping.

1246  NR-AMGA/Ski Guide Course (3)
   This course is designed for skilled skiers who wish to learn the theory, techniques, and skills used while instructing and guiding from a lift-served and back country environment. Prerequisites apply to this course, and may be viewed at www.amga.com.

1247  NR-AMGA Rock Instructor Course (3)
   This course is designed for skilled climbers who wish to learn the theory, techniques, and skills used while instructing and guiding in a multi-pitch climbing setting up to Grade 3, 5.10a. Prerequisites apply to this course, and may be viewed at www.amga.com.

1248  NR-AMGA Alpine Guide Course (3)
   The Alpine Guide Course is designed for those who have completed as a minimum the Rock Instructor course and who wish to learn the specific skills of alpine guiding. This course addresses the tools, techniques and theory used to guide and instruct on routes up to and including Grade IV or V in length, efficient management of 3rd and 4th class terrain, technical descents, management and movement of multiple clients, along with advance skills for small team rescues. Prerequisites apply to this course, and may be viewed at www.amga.com.

1249  NR-AMGA Climbing Wall Instructor Course (3)
   This course addresses the basic technical skills necessary to manage an instructional program at an indoor or outdoor climbing facility. Prerequisites apply to this course, and may be viewed at www.amga.com.

1250  NR-AMGA Single Pitch Instructor (3)
   The AMGA Single Pitch Instructor Course is designed to enable instructors to 'proficiently facilitate and instruct the sport of rock climbing in a single pitch setting'. The program is for current, active rock climbers that have a real desire to teach rock climbing to novices in a single pitch setting. Prerequisites apply to this course, and may be viewed at www.amga.com.

1252  Natural Resources Learning, Federal Lands: Hiking and Natural History of Canyonlands Area (2)
   Natural history of Canyonlands area. Attention also to contemporary resource management challenges and their relationship to user behavior. Hiking, safety, consumerism, and environmental ethics. Overnight camping.

1253  Hike Bryce National Park (2)
   Students will develop a greater understanding and appreciation of the environment in Bryce canyon National Park. This will be accomplished by traveling and hiking in the area and experiencing the environment first-hand. Some topics covered include: natural history, geology, ecology, resource management, and developing or improving general outdoor skills (risk management, camping, hiking, etc). This class serves students who may prefer foot travel exploration without the burden of backpacks.

1256  Natural Resources Learning, Federal Lands: Hiking and Natural History of Arches National Park (2)
   Natural history of Arches National Park. Includes hiking and examination of contemporary resource management issues as well as issues related to environmental ethics and visitor behavior. Overnight camping.

1261  Natural Resources Learning, Federal Lands: Backpacking San Rafael Reef (2)
   Resource management issues, activity skills, safety, consumerism, and environmental ethics associated with backpacking on BLM managed lands. Overnight camping.

1262  NR-Lightweight Backpacking (2)
   Students will finish this course with the skills and knowledge to reduce their current pack weight dramatically without compromising safety and only trading minimal comforts. Students will demonstrate competency in fundamental lightweight backpacking skills; including how to plan backpacking excursions to eliminate weight, attain skills and knowledge to remain safe in the back country with limited gear, and how to alter currently owned gear to reduce pack weight.

1263  Canyoneering I: Technical Canyoneering (2)
   1st of a 3-course series. Also prepares for American Canyoneering Association (ACA) Recreational Canyon Leader and Professional Canyon Guide Certifications. Features ACA Technical Canyoneering course curriculum.

1264  Canyoneering II: Advanced Ropework (2) Prerequisite: PRT 1263.
   2nd of a 3-course series. Advanced skills: ascending fixed ropes, pothole problem solving, guided rappels, more. Also prepares for American Canyoneering Association (ACA) Recreational Canyon Leader and professional Canyon Guide Certification. Features ACA Advanced Canyoneering (part 1) curriculum.

1265  NR-Tourism in Utah's National Parks (2)
   Students will finish this course with the ability to demonstrate a knowledge of tourism as a major economic engine, recreation opportunity spectrum in the national park system, competency in fundamental camping skills, hiking skills, outdoor cooking, travel techniques, Leave No Trace skills, and associated safety skills. This will be accomplished through a site visit, discussions, demonstrations, and practical, activity-based learning.

1266  NR-Tourism in National Parks-Yellowstone (2)
   Examines tourism as a major economic engine, the recreation opportunity spectrum in the flagship park of the NPS system, competency in fundamental camping skills, hiking skills, outdoor cooking, travel techniques, Leave No Trace skills, and associated safety skills. Particular emphasis will be placed on interpretation techniques as part of the visitor experience. This will be accomplished through a site visit, discussions, demonstrations, and practical, activity-based learning.

1267  NR-Trail Design, Construction & Maintenance (2)
   Students will finish this course with the ability to demonstrate knowledge of trail building and maintenance skills, including: safety; tools; trail survey and design; trail construction specifications; surface water control; and special trail structures. Students will also be able to demonstrate an understanding of fundamental camping skills, hiking skills, outdoor cooking, travel techniques, Leave No Trace skills, and associated safety skills. Outcomes through field training, discussions, demonstrations, and activities.

1268  Canyoneering III: Self-Rescue (2) Prerequisite: Canyoneering I & II for an ACA accredited institution.
   The curriculum in this course mirrors the curriculum in the American Canyoneering Association's (ACA), Self-Rescue portion within their Advanced Canyoneering course. Skills taught include rigging mechanical advantages to haul a stranded rappeller, covert a block rigging system to a lowering system and tandem rappels.

1269  Advanced Desert Backpacking (2)
   Must have previous backpack experience and able to hike 10 mile per day. Students will explore advanced hiking techniques and back country travel strategies for the desert environment. This course will include discussions regarding resource management issues, activity skills, risk management, and environmental ethics associated with backpacking on public lands. Competency in fundamental camping skills, hiking skills, outdoor cooking, travel techniques, Leave no Trace skills are required.

1280  Rock Rescue I - Bottom Site Management (2)
   The basic procedures involved with the activity of vertical self rescue in a bottom managed situation will be explained, demonstrated and practiced during this course. Leave No Trace skills, and associated safety skills including proper equipment selection and use will also be covered. Additionally, students will demonstrate an increased understanding of issues and guidelines.

1282  Rock Rescue II - Top Site Management (2)
   The basic procedures involved with the activity of vertical self rescue in a top managed situation will be explained, demonstrated, and practiced during this course. Leave No Trace skills and associated safety skills including proper equipment selection and use will be covered. Additionally, students will demonstrate an increased understanding of issues and guidelines related to the management and usage of administered public lands, such as those used in this class as they relate to vertical self rescue and other uses.

1284  Rock Rescue III - Top Site Management (2)
   The advanced procedures involved with the activity of vertical self rescue in a top managed situation will be explained, demonstrated, and practiced during this course. Leave No Trace skills, and associated safety skills including proper equipment selection and use will also be covered. Additionally, students will demonstrate an increased understanding of issues and guidelines related to the management and usage of administered public lands, such as those used in this class as they relate to vertical self rescue and other uses.

2016  Natural Resources Learning, Federal Lands: Redrock Canyon Expedition (3)
   Students explore canyonlands backcountry, acquire the skills of backpacking, learn hazard management, increase lifetime leisure skills, learn and practice leave no trace concepts, study techniques relevant to extended wilderness travel, utilize varied leadership schemes, explore the role of the BLM and National Park Service in managing public lands, describe interrelationships of flora and fauna, and learn and practice map and compass skills. Field trip involves 6 days travel over Spring Break.


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