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Field Trip Awards

Bonderman Field Station at Rio Mesa offers a limited number of Field Trip Incentive Awards of up to $1000 to University of Utah course instructors. Please see flyer for more details.

Courses at Bonderman Field Station

Bonderman Field Station at Rio Mesa hosts courses from the University of Utah, other institutions of higher education, middle/high schools, and non-profit organizations.  Most of our use comes from multi-day visits as part of a regular course on a school campus; however, we do host stand-alone workshops, as well as a few multi-week stand-alone courses at the station. We can accommodate groups of up to 40 in our campground facility. Instructors that wish to visit Bonderman Field Station should submit an application online to request dates. 

Bonderman Field Station staff can assist with arranging supplemental educational curriculum/activities, coordinating service projects for service learning groups, or providing logistical support.  Bonderman Field Station Staff cannot be solely responsible for supervising any minors. If your group includes middle/high school- age students, it is the responsibility of the intructor to ensure that sufficient chaperones are in attendance so that field station staff are not asked to supervise minors on their own. 

Non-University of Utah applicants will need to return a signed educational user agreement, and submit required insurance documentation, including a certificate of general liability insurance from your home institution/organization (minimum of $1Million in general liability insurance with University of Utah listed as additional insured).

Questions about logistics of bringing an educational group to Bonderman Field Station at Rio Mesa can be directed to Dr. Zachary Lundeen at 801-585-3177 or .



 Examples of University of Utah Courses held at Bonderman Field Station

AOCE: Wilderness Writing Program, Nathan Friedman

ARCH 6010: Architectural Design Studio, Ryan Smith
An intensive summer studio for graduate students in the "3+ Program." Studio problems in architectural design and communications at the foundation level.

ARCH 6360. Biomimicry, Ryan Smith, Donald Feener. This graduate level seminar will explore the connections between natural and human design. (PDF)

ART 4460- Intermedia Environment/Installation. Wendy Wischer

ARCH 6015: Architectural Design Studio, John Diamond. An intensive semester-long studio. Students collaborated on Bonderman Field Station at Rio Mesa's Master Plan.

BIOL 5345/5346- Natural History of the Colorado Plateau, Franz Goller

BIOL 5435:Plant Systematics, Lynn Bohs
Overview of evolution and diversity of vascular plants, with emphasis on identification, phylogeny, and contemporary approaches to problems in classification.

BIOL 5445:Entomology, Donald Feener
This lecture and lab course explores the evolution, ecology, physiology and behavior or insects, the most diverse group of multicellular organisms on earth. Topics covered include the phylogenetic relationships of insects with other invertebrates.

BIOL 5465: Plant Ecology Laboratory Kevin Hultine
A laboratory course with an emphasis on methodologies involved in plant ecology, including vegetation cover, micro-climate, photosynthesis, water relations, and stable isotopes. Course involves individual and group laboratory and computer projects each week. Course includes weekend field trips (desert and forest ecosystems).

BIOL 5395: Advanced Field Ornithology, Dale Clayton
Birds (Aves) constitute the best known class of organisms on earth. This course presents an overview of the enormous body of information on birds, including topics such as the evolutionary origin and early radiation of birds, molecular systematics, form and function, reproduction and development, population and community ecology, behavior and communication and conservation biology.

BIOL 5365 Form, Function, and Adaptation of Plants,  John Sperry
This lecture and lab course explores the form and function of plants in relation to their environment. We cover the anatomy and development of plants in the context of photosynthetic physiology, mechanical support, and resource uptake and transport mechanisms. Adaptations to environmental conditions including drought, light, salinity, temperature, and flooded soils are emphasized.

CVEEN 4910Professional Practice and Design, Larry Reavely
Comprehensive capstone design project. Course designed road improvements for Bonderman Field Station at Rio Mesa. Final Presentation

CVEEN 6460 Sustainable Urban Water Engineering, Steve Burian
Project-based course focused on planning and designing integrated urban water infrastructure systems for long-term sustainability. Students explore the interactions of human activities and urban water systems at neighborhood to regional scales. Topics include LEED(r), low-impact development, green infrastructure, rainwater harvesting, permeable pavement, green roofs, planning water supply for climate variability, water conservation, graywater reuse, and wastewater recycle and reuse. Grey Water System for Rio Mesa

ME EN 7710: Environmental Fluid Dynamics, Eric Pardyjak
Introduction to environmental fluid mechanics focusing primarily on micro meteorological processes occurring in the atmospheric boundary layer (ABL). Covers: surface energy budget, basic thermodynamic relationships, basic equations of motion & energy, includiing important simplifications relating to rotation & atmospheric stability turbulence in the ADL (including basic statistics and spectral analysis), ABL similarity theory and dispersion processes. Projects involve utilizing real atmospheric boundary layer data sets.

PRTL 1224: Natural Resources Learning, Federal Lands: Desert Backpacking, John Cederquist
Resource management issues, skills, safety, consumerism, and environmental ethics associated with backpacking in desert lands managed by the BLM. Overnight camping.

Last Updated: 2/27/18