Science & Land

Our public lands offer opportunities to learn about our natural world. 

Upcoming Events

National Parks and Native Voices: The Past and Now

Science & Land and Arts & Culture

Join Park Ranger Doug Crispin for an insider’s look at the recent place name changes, native relations, and history in the National Parks.

Bird Walk at Jackson Flat Reservoir 2024

Outdoor Adventure and Science & Land

Join fellow bird enthusiasts for a morning walk at Jackson Flat Reservoir to spot and identify local favorites and migrating birds

Star Party 2024 (Saturday)

Science & Land and Night Sky

Join us on Friday and Saturday nights for a star party- telescopes will be present!

LDS Views on the Environment Panel Discussion

Community and Science & Land

A panel discussion on LDS cultural and doctrinal views on the environment and stewardship.

Star Party 2024 (Friday)

Science & Land and Night Sky

Join us on Friday and Saturday nights for a star party- telescopes will be present!

Habitat Connectivity in Southern Utah

Science & Land

Hear from the Wildlands Network team about habitat connectivity in Southern Utah and the importance of migration corridors.

Growing Native Plants in our Desert Communities (Kanab)

Science & Land

Learn about the benefits of native plants and how to promote their growth.

Tilted Mesa Botany Walk

Outdoor Adventure and Science & Land

Explore the ancient junipers, other plants and lichens of the Tilted Mesa trail system.

Vital Signs: Taking the Pulse of the Planet (documentary film)

Films and Science & Land

NASA shows a visual tour of Earth through satellite imagery and time lapses of Earth's three key climate-balancing features changing over the decades

California Condor Reintroduction & Recovery

Science & Land

Learn from the Peregrine Fund about the reintroduction of condors to the southwest

Red Cliffs Desert Reserve and its Biodiversity

Science & Land

Learn how Washington County, Utah protected its endangered species

Growing Native Plants in our Desert Communities (Orderville)

Science & Land

Learn about the benefits of native plants and how to promote their growth.

Spaceship Earth: What Can I Do to Help?

Science & Land and Arts & Culture

Experience a multimedia presentation by singer and songwriter Laurie Dameron to learn how we can care for and sustain our beautiful earth

What Did the Owl Eat Last Night?

Science & Land

Meet a live owl up-close in a fun interactive event for kids and adults with Wasatch Mountain State Park Ranger/Naturalist, Kathy Donnell.

Fossil Hike

Outdoor Adventure and Science & Land

Hike with a geologist to view crinoid fossils

Past Events

Astrophotography! Field Workshop with an Expert

Science & Land, Arts & Culture, and Night Sky

Venture out to a superbly dark location to learn the craft of astrophotography from an expert.

Black Holes: Deep in the Cosmos with an Astronomer

Science & Land and Night Sky

Astronomy interpreter Paul Ricketts presents a program on black holes while you enjoy sandwiches and more at the Kanab Creek Bakery.

Endangered Species Day Star Party

Community, Science & Land, and Night Sky

Join Bettymaya Foott, Director of Engagement for the International Dark Sky Association, and local amateur astronomers from Stellar Vista Observatory for night sky viewing, laser guided constellation tours, astrophotography, star stories and smart outdoor lighting demos.

Endangered Species of Pipe Spring National Monument

Science & Land

Come join rangers at Pipe Spring for a talk about threatened and endangered species found in and around Pipe Spring National Monument.

Plight Of Utah’s Great Salt Lake

Science & Land

During a time of drought, climate change and major population growth, how can Utah better support this critical body of water?

Light Pollution and the Stars

Community, Science & Land, and Night Sky

Presentation on light pollution by an astronomer, followed by a telescopic tour of the night sky, preceded by Open Mic from 6 - 8 pm at The Nomad!

Picnic Lunch at Eagle Sink

Science & Land

Explore a natural limestone sink with a geologist over a picnic lunch with panoramic views!

Silviculture on the North Kaibab

Science & Land

Tour several projects and treatments on the North Kaibab National Forest with a senior level silviculturist.

Interpretive Hike to Dinosaur Tracks

Science & Land

Visit dinosaur track sites with a BLM paleontologist from the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.

Electricity In Transition

Science & Land

What does the future hold for the generation and delivery of reliable electricity to rural southern Utah and the Arizona Strip?

What Did the Owl Eat Last Night? 2023

Science & Land

Meet a live owl up-close in a fun interactive event for kids and adults with Wasatch Mountain State Park Ranger/Naturalist, Kathy Donnell.

In Pursuit of Dark Skies

Science & Land and Night Sky

Presentation on Viewing Dark Skies in Utah by Paul Ricketts, from the University of Utah's South Physics Observatory.

Extreme Dinosaur Diversity on Laramidia's Southern Frontier: New Discoveries from Utah's Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument

Science & Land

Palentology presentation on new dinosaur discoveries in the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument by Joe Sertich, curator at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science.

Owls!

Science & Land

Live demonstration of owls by Wasatch Mountain State Park naturalist, Kathy Donnell.

Ruins and Rock Art of the Kayenta Area

Arts & Culture and Science & Land

Photos of ruins and rock art of the Kayenta Area as presented by former Utah Rock Art Research Association president, Richard Jenkinson.

The Effects of Climate Change on our National Parks

Science & Land

The National Parks Conservation Association talks about the effects of climate change on our National Parks.

Growing Native Plants and Seed Saving from a Southern Pauite Perspective (video)- Available OnDemand all week!

Arts & Culture and Science & Land

This is a recorded presentation about growing native plants and seed saving from a Southern Pauite perspective. There will be no live discussion.

Encore Presentation! Master Class in Astrophotography with Dave Lane (2020)

Science & Land and Night Sky

In case you missed it, Amazing Earthfest will once more host a Master Class with professional astrophotographer Dave Lane! What a novel way to enjoy the holidays!

Utah’s Parks: The Jewels of Our Dark Sky Crown

Science & Land and Night Sky

Utah leads the world in designated dark sky places, and our state and national parks form the foundational footprint of dark sky protection. Learn more about the meteoric rise of dark sky programming and protection in Utah parks from Shelby Stock (Utah State Parks) and Cassidy Jones (National Parks Conservation Association). Our speakers will share their view of the key ingredients for dark sky success in Utah and highlight the importance of continued advocacy from International Dark Sky Association (IDA) members and supporters to keep Utah skies dark.

Sandstone Wonderland: The History of Utah’s National Parks and Monuments

Science & Land

Author and historian Frederick Swanson will delve into the human stories behind the creation of Utah’s national parks and national monuments, showing how geologic marvels such as Rainbow Bridge, Zion, Bryce Canyon, Arches and Grand Staircase-Escalante emerged from obscurity to become worldwide travel destinations. We’ll meet a diverse and intriguing group of explorers, scientists, artists and writers who brought these masterpieces of sculptured rock to the attention of the outside world and called for their protection as part of our national park system. Come along as we ride through unknown canyons, scale lofty mesas and motor down dusty roads to discover what these early-day travelers encountered in the mysterious landscapes of the Colorado Plateau. Frederick H. Swanson is author and editor of five books on western U.S. history, including Dave Rust: A Life in the Canyons, which received the 2008 Utah Book Award. He is a fellow of the International League of Conservation Writers and recipient of the Wallace Stegner Prize in Environmental Humanities.

Deep Sky Imaging with Astrophotography: A Rare Look thru Utah’s 32” Willard Eccles Telescope

Science & Land and Night Sky

Explore what the night sky has to offer in ways that your eyes simply cannot see.

Talk About It: The Most Important Thing You Can Do to Fight Climate Change – Katharine Hayhoe (TED talk)

Community and Science & Land

How do you talk to someone who doesn’t believe in climate change?

Documentary Film: Once Was Water

Films and Science & Land

In the middle of the Mojave Desert, is the driest city in America, yet it leads the United States in sustainable water conservation.

The Dark Side of Light Pollution

Science & Land and Night Sky

Learn about the adverse effects of the ordinary light pollution we experience each night as it impacts human health and safety, wildlife (such as sleep, mating, and feeding cycles), science (both amateur and professional astronomy), and the economy.

United By The Climate Crisis: Leading with Shared Values (Webinar)

Community and Science & Land

Most of us understand that humanity will only be able to address the climate crisis if we all work together. But how can we engage with people whose values, background, or interests we share, but who aren’t currently invested in tackling the climate emergency?

The Lives of Stars

Science & Land and Night Sky

Learn how stars are born, what they’re made of, how long they live, and what they do while they’re alive. What can you tell by looking at the color of a star? What kind of material remains in space after a star dies? Come listen and find out!

The Universe

Science & Land and Night Sky

We’ll illustrate and explain all the different types of objects in the Universe starting close to home and zooming outward from our galaxy including our solar system, stars, nebulae, star clusters, galaxies, neutron stars and black holes. This presentation will cover telescopes too and is among the requirements for scouts to earn an astronomy belt loop and badge.

Chat With Grand Staircase Escalante Partners

Community and Science & Land

In this informal discussion, you’ll have an opportunity to learn about the monument’s natural, cultural, and scientific resources, as well as ask questions about the status of GSENM and about Partners’ efforts to restore its boundaries.

Documentary Film- Wilder Than Wild: Fire, Forests, and the Future

Films, Community, and Science & Land

Topic: Western Wildfire

Master Class in Astrophotography with Dave Lane (2020)

Science & Land and Night Sky

Learn from a master the techniques and equipment needed to produce stunning nighttime landscape images that include a dazzling starry night sky.