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Field Institute Seminars and Courses

Sign-Up Packet: Upon receipt of your registration form, full payment and signed liability waiver, you will be sent an information packet that includes further details about your class, an entrance fee waiver (only for participants pre-registered by mail or over the phone; if you have already paid park fees, we cannot reimburse you or discount your class fees), a required equipment list and general information to help prepare you for your visit.

Food and Drink: Unless otherwise noted in the course descriptions, participants must provide their own food and beverages. Alcoholic beverages are not permitted on workshops. Participants should remember that water is especially important and to bring more than they expect to need (at least one gallon per person per day). Locations in the park and in nearby Springdale will provide box lunches for a fee, but please plan ahead to be sure these will be available the day of your trip. Limited groceries are also available in Springdale. Some workshops provide time for lunches at restaurants in the park and Springdale with the group. Please be aware that several area restaurants accept cash, but do not accept credit cards.

Carpooling: Most Field Institute trips require that participants either ride on the park shuttle and/or carpool with other participants. Please be prepared for either of these options.

Cancellation Policy

In order to receive a refund of your class fees, you must notify ZCFI in writing of your cancellation 30 days prior to the beginning of the class (course fee refunded minus a 10% processing fee). We strongly suggest you purchase trip cancellation insurance as we are unable to process any refunds for cancellation made within 30 days of a scheduled class, even for medical and emergency reasons. ZCFI reserves the right to cancel Institute classes up to one week prior to their starting date if minimum enrollment is not met. A full refund will follow. The Institute may also amend trips due to weather and/or other conditions.

Discounts: Members of the Zion Natural History Association (ZNHA) recieve a 20% discount on class fees (unless otherwise noted under class description). See class registration form for information on joining the Zion Natural History Association.

Pets: Pets are not allowed on ZCFI workshops, however, nearby boarding facilities exist.


While ZCFI attempts to prevent dangerous situations, all Institute classes involve inherent risks. No registration will be processed without a signed waiver form. Zion National Park is an area with temperature extremes, steep cliffs, flash floods, wild animals, and varying altitudes. Classes often take place in remote areas that lack access to medical facilities and personnel. All classes involve field experience and require a degree of exertion ranging from moderate to strenuous. Participants MUST be in good physical condition prior to classes. All classes include hiking which may range from moderate to strenuous. Many classes hike off-trail. If participants have any doubts about their physical condition, they should consult their physician. If participants have any questions about the amount of or difficulty level of hiking for any trip, they should call the Field Institute for more information. Accident, baggage, health, and trip insurance are the responsibility of participants. For all trips, and particularly high altitude trips, visitors should allow themselves time before the trip to adjust to altitude changes.
This is a dry climate and it is particularly important to bring plenty of water on every trip, and to drink it.

Children: While some of our classes are geared for families, most are designed for adults. Each course description includes age requirements.
Exceptions may occasionally be made for educational purposes. Children under 18 years of age must always be accompanied by parents or guardians. Our “Explore Zion” custom workshops may be designed especially for your family. Call us for more information.
(435) 772-3264 or 1-800-635-3959

Complete Schedule of ZCFI Workshops and Seminars

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