ANNOUNCES NEW PARTNERSHIP WITH RED ROCK CANYON INTERPRETIVE ASSOCIATION
Zion Canyon Field Institute (ZCFI) director, Michael
Plyler, and Red Rock Canyon Interpretive Association (RRCIA) Interpretive
Planning Director, Athena Sparks, are proud to announce the establishment
of a new partnership wherein the two groups will offer courses emphasizing
the commonality of the two ecosystems with component halves of each
class occurring in the respective public lands of each group.
Zion National Park is situated at the confluence
of the Colorado Plateau, the Mojave Desert, and the Great Basin.
Red Rock Canyon is prime Mojave Desert, but like Zion, shares geology
with the Colorado Plateau and botany and biology with all three
ecosystems. The shared classes between ZCFI and RRCIA will examine
the shared overlap of the two ecosystems and their differences.
The geology courses in particular will help the participants understand
the bigger geologic picture of both regions and the transition between
The first collaboration will occur this fall when
ZCFI and RRCIA will host a photography workshop on two separate
weekends. The workshop entitled “Photographing the Sandstone
Canyons of the Ancient Navajo Desert,” will occur over the
course of two separate weekends in October and November. On Saturday,
October 25 & Sunday, October 26 join ZCFI Director and accomplished
photographer, Michael Plyler, in Zion National Park during the fall
foliage display for two intensive days of photography when big tooth
maple and box elder are at their “showy” best. Two weeks
later (Nov 8 & 9) we explore visual possibilities in Red Rock
Canyon where the same Navajo sandstone that is found in Zion is
As the partnerships progresses potential future
classes will include besides the aforementioned geology courses,
ethnobotany, biology, and archaeology. Also an examination of Colorado/Virgin
river hydrology and water issues pertinent to the two locations.
Both Ms. Sparks and Mr. Plyler are excited at the possibilities.
Course Tuition for the photography workshop: $350
(both weekends or $175 for a single weekend of the participant’s
choice depending on availability). Limited to 10 students.
with ZCFI please call Michael Plyler, 435-772-3264.
Schedule of 2008 ZCFI Workshops and Seminars