OUTREACH & EDUCATION
aThe mission of our outreach and education program is to expose Utahans to the natural world around them while providing learning opportunities that inspire increased stewardship of our natural resources. Our program involve high school students, college students, and local residents conducting needed research on local wildlife populations.
WILDLIFE RESEARCH EDUCATION NETWORK (WREN)
WREN links high school students with research projects in their local community. The program teaches the scientific method while providing an avenue for students to explore and connect with the natural resources that surround them. Through their experience, students gain leadership skills, communication skills. an introduction to scientific technology, and a greater understanding of natural resources management.
SOUTHERN UTAH WILD TURKEY RESEARCH
A Cooperative Research Project of Wild Turkey Movements in Escalante, Utah. Our Wild Turkey project is a first for southern Utah! Collaborators from Utah State University, Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, US Fish and Wildlife Service, the Bureau of Land Management, and the Escalante River Watershed Partnership combined forces to implement a study on the response of wild turkeys to riparian restoration in a desert environment.
Part of Utah State University Extension’s mission is to provide opportunities for young scientists to gain experience with the scientific method through hands-on research. Often college students can conduct research for undergraduate class credit; and present their findings during campus research symposia. The process provides students with the experience needed to be competitive in the job market or for graduate education.