Capitol Reef National Park, in conjunction with Utah Valley University (UVU), held a public dedication and open house at the recently completed Capitol Reef Field Station on October 16th. Intermountain Regional Director Mike Snyder, Superintendent Al Hendricks, and current and former presidents of UVU delivered remarks. Approximately 100 people were in attendance.
The field station is located within the park at the site of a historic guest ranch and is the result of a general agreement between the park and the university initiated in 2000. The facility will complement the parkâs education outreach initiatives by providing activities, programs, media and services to encourage student understanding of the geologic, biologic and cultural aspects of the area. With Capitol Reef National Park as the classroom, students will experience the natural and cultural history of the region firsthand. It will also be a place where students can experience natural landscapes and gain understanding of how ecosystems work.
The environmentally-intelligent field station, designed to blend with the natural setting, is powered by a hybrid system of solar panels backed up by a propane generator and incorporates a number of energy efficient and passive solar features. The facility includes a classroom/dining room, caretaker residence, and multi-room dormitories accommodating up to 24 people.