Bryce Canyon for the Next Generation

Building Connections With Bryce Canyon to Inspire the Next Generation

Bryce Canyon National Park
Bryce Canyon Stewardship Careers taught Paiute cultural heritage and park value, while the Black Bear project involved bear pattern research and education.

Bryce Canyon National Park, located in Southwestern Utah, is famous for its beautiful rock spires called "hoodoos" (horseshoe-shaped amphitheatres carved from the eastern edge of the Paunsaugunt Plateau), scenic vistas, and the dark night sky.

Because the park transcends 2000 feet of elevation, it exists in three distinct climatic zones: spruce/fir forest, Ponderosa Pine forest, and Pinyon Pine/juniper forest. This diversity of habitat provides for high biodiversity including more than 100 species of birds, dozens of mammals, and more than a thousand plant species.

Stewardship Careers Through Cultural Traditions immersed Southern Paiute youth in their traditional homelands by providing overnight experiences and learning activities regarding their cultural heritage, while instilling a sense of tenure and concern for the stewardship of park, forest, and public lands.

This project examined black bear movement and habitat use in and surrounding Bryce Canyon National Park by radio-collaring black bears. The park also developed educational outreach programs for real-time interpretation of black bear movement and conservation challenges as well as curricula for schools.