Nature’s classroom: the Capitol Reef Field Station
Nestled on a mesa top in the Pleasant Creek Valley of Capitol Reef National Park, the Capitol Reef Field Station (CRFS) provides an amazing opportunity for place-based learning. A mere 3.5 hours from the UVU campus, CRFS welcomes students, faculty and staff alike into the unique region of the Colorado Plateau.
Through a partnership between Utah Valley University and Capitol Reef National Park, CRFS promotes interdisciplinary engaged learning, field-based scientific research and environmental ethics through exploration, appreciation and conservation of the Colorado Plateau ecosystem.
Two 12-person dorms, a multi-purpose classroom, dining facility and a beautiful kitchen await groups that visit CRFS. In addition, CRFS serves as a model of sustainability with 100-percent solar electricity, water supplied from a nearby well, passive heating and cooling architecture and an unrivaled opportunity for all visitors to learn and practice reduced environmental impacts.
Since CRFS opened in October 2008, numerous UVU courses have taken advantage of all that the field station has to offer. From mathematics to interpretive dance, and from botany to creative writing, CRFS provides an ideal environment for engaged learning, a classroom with reduced distractions, a platform for student/faculty interaction and a breathtakingly beautiful background.
Here is just a sample of what students have said after studying at Capitol Reef Field Station:
“It felt like a home away from home in an awesome environment.”
“The pristine immersion in nature and isolation from the outside world made a great planning/team-building environment.”
“This place is awesome.”
“The night sky was incredible and I loved the hikes.”
“I loved being out in nature, the educational opportunities, the staff, the beautiful surroundings and learning by doing.”
We invite you to visit our website at uvu.edu/crfs and welcome any questions or comments. Interested in bringing your class to CRFS? The Spring Semester calendar is filling quickly. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photos courtesy of L. Shelton and J. Peterson