Utah Master Naturalist: Watershed Investigation

In collaboration with the Utah Master Naturalist program, NHMU educators are providing an opportunity for teachers to learn more about Utah's unique and beautiful ecosystems. In the second of a suite of 3 workshops being offered this year, teachers will be spending 3 full days on field trips where we will explore the vast system of watersheds that feed into and bring life to the Wasatch Front's mountains and cities. Prior to this workshop weekend, teachers will be required to complete an online training portion of this course which will be emailed in advance. 

From high alpine lakes and streams to the Great Salt Lake and unique temporary wetlands of the arid desert, Utah has a vast diversity of aquatic ecosystems that interact with each other throughout, and across, watersheds. Come join us while we explore these ecosystems 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!


Teachers will earn 1.5 USBE credits for attending the field trips, and have the opportunity to be certified as a Watershed Master Naturalist. (Opportunity for Continuing Education Credit through USU also available.) We will be offering the next section of the Master Naturalist program in the summer (Mountains). Preference for both the watershed and mountains workshops will be given to those who attended the first workshop that was held in the fall.

More information about Utah's Master Naturalist program can be found at: www.extension.usu.edu/utahmasternaturalist/

When: Sunday, April 7th and Saturday, April 13th thru Sunday, April 14th 2019 (8:00am-5:00pm each day)

Where: We will be meeting at the Museum each morning and caravan to various places throughout the day

Who: K-12 public school teachers in Utah

(Space is limited. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance status no later than February 22nd, 2019.)

Cost: FREE- all supplies, transportation, and accomodations will be provided




Applications are due Friday, February 15th, 2019 by 5:00 pm.

Accepted applicants will be notified no later than February 22nd, 2019


Due to the nature of the Watershed Exploration course, we will be walking and hiking over uneven, often rocky, and wet terrain in unpredictable weather. Participants should be comfortable hiking at least 1-2 miles in a single day. While we do our best to accommodate people of all abilities, attendees will need to be comfortable with these accomodations.

If you have questions or concerns about the activities required please contact Bonnie Jean Knighton