Utah Master Naturalist Program - Deserts


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.  Class size is small in order to maximize your opportunities for learning and having fun!

Each Utah Master Naturalist Program module consists of 40 hours of instruction, at least 50% of which is spent in the field.  Classroom and field activities will include instructor presentations, guest presentations on relevant resource issues, small group activities, and open discussions.  There is an option to receive three (3) USU credits for an additional fee.  All participants must download and understand the Program Introduction Letter available here.

Due to the nature of the Deserts class, we will be walking and hiking over some uneven terrain, sometimes in hot environments.  While we do our best to accommodate people of all abilities, please contact Mark at if you have any concerns.

Additional Information

If you are unable to join us for any reason, we can refund your registration fee. Please let us know as soon as you can.


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