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Briget Eastep - Southern Utah University. Cedar City, UT, US

Briget Eastep Briget Eastep

Outdoor Engagement Center Director | Southern Utah University

Cedar City, UT, UNITED STATES

Specializing in outdoor leadership, education and conservation

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Biography

As the Director of SUU’s Outdoor Engagement Center, Dr. Briget Eastep enjoys creating outdoor educational experiences for students interested in careers in public lands, outdoor education and tourism.

Dr. Eastep began her career in 1991 as a ranger in New Mexico. Since then her sense of adventure and passion for the great outdoors has led her across the country and to her current leadership position at SUU.

When Dr. Eastep started at SUU in 2006, she immediately created the Intergovernmental Internship Cooperative, which has since placed 1,368 paid interns into federal and state land agencies. Dr. Eastep partners with the parks and local communities broadening opportunities for service projects, additional internships and experiential education. She also teaches outdoor leadership, policy and planning, and Leave No Trace ethics in the outdoor recreation in parks and tourism program. Under her guidance students gain confidence, stewardship, and leadership skills.

Dr. Eastep earned her bachelor’s degree in environmental studies from Cornell College and her master’s degree in recreation and environmental education from the University of New Mexico. Her Ph.D. is from the University of Utah in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism.

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Industry Expertise (3)

Leisure / Recreation Education/Learning Environmental Services

Areas of Expertise (12)

Intergovernmental Internship Cooperative Leave No Trace Outdoor Education Outdoor Education; Higher Education Outdoor Leadership Recreation Program Planning Tourism Tourism in Utah Swift Water Rescue Utah National Parks Wilderness First Aid Wilderness

Accomplishments (6)

Distinguished Faculty Service Award (professional)

Southern Utah University, 2018

Leave No Trace Master Educator (professional)

Certified Leave No Trace Master Educator through the Center for Outdoor Ethics

Wilderness First Responder (professional)

Certified wilderness first responder by the Wilderness Medical Institute.

Swift Water Rescue Technician (professional)

Certified swift water rescue technician.

CPR/First Aid (professional)

Certified by the American Red Cross.

Director's Partnership Award, Director of National Park Service (professional)

August 2016

Education (3)

University of Utah: Ph. D., Natural Resource Recreation and Outdoor Education

The University of New Mexico: M. A., Recreation and Environmental Education

Cornell College: B. A., English and Environmental Studies

Affiliations (12)

  • Intergovernmental Internship Cooperative
  • Great Basin National Park Foundation
  • Great Basin Observatory Outreach
  • Journal of Outdoor Recreation and Education Leadership
  • Cedar Breaks National Monument
  • Association for Experiential Education
  • National Society for Experiential Education
  • National Recreation and Parks Association
  • Utah Parks and Recreation Association
  • Wilderness Education Association
  • Utah Society for Environmental Education
  • National Interpretation Association

Media Appearances (3)

SUU and Bryce Canyon Continue On-Location Learning Experience for Hundreds of Students

St. George News  online

2017-11-19

“The alliance has welcomed classes from across campus, hosted the Wilderness First Responder for ten years, and it has gotten students involved with research in a number of different projects, including geology, archeology and recreation visitor use,” Director of Outdoor Engagement Briget Eastep said, according to the news release. “Every five years we renew the alliance, and this year there was really a sense of partnership and hope for the future.”

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Intergovernmental Internship Cooperative, Paul Roelandt, and Dr. Briget Eastep

National Park Service  online

2016-08-25

The Intergovernmental Internship Cooperative, a consortium of 19 federal and state land agencies, the Paiute Tribe, and Southern Utah University, has worked with Cedar Breaks National Monument to place students into employment, internship, and volunteer positions. These positions expose students to public lands jobs and projects and link students to friends and mentors; leadership and job skills; and pathways to college, career fields, and to their public lands.

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Utah Internship Program Gets National Parks Service Praise

Utah Public Radio  radio

2016-09-30

It has a long name, the Intergovernmental Internship Cooperative or IIC. This month, the program received the National Parks Service Director’s Award for Partnerships.

Paul Roelandt, the superintendent of Cedar Breaks National Park and Briget Eastep, from Southern Utah University, received the award from the National Parks Service.

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Research Grants (5)

IIC Youth Development

Colorado Plateau Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit $851,620

2016
Funding for student internships in national, state and public lands.

US Fish and Wildlife Next Generation

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service $81,000

2016
Research on native fish and wildlife.

Recreation Impact Monitoring

Bureau of Land Management $24,000

2016
Recreation impact monitoring at Vermilion Cliffs.

Direct Hire Internships

Bureau of Land Management $100,000

2015
Funding for student internships with the Bureau of Land Management.

Field Office Trails

Bureau of Land Management $50,000

2014
Bureau of Land Management field office trails youth work project in Cedar City.

Articles (3)

Information Sources and Planning Horizons for Southern Utah Visitors Academy of Marketing Studies Journal

Roberts, W. A Jr, Steed, E., Eastep, B.

2014
As part of a larger visitor profile study of southern Utah visitors during four seasons beginning summer 2010, data was collected regarding trip planning horizons, defined as the time that elapses between when trip planning begins and trip departure, and data regarding the influence of different sources of information, ranging from the Internet to past experience to guidebooks and brochures. There were significant differences in regard to planning horizons with regard to season of travel, education, age, and domicile, but not with regard to household income. With regard to source influence, past experience and the Internet were rated as the most influential, much more so than guidebooks, friends and relatives, and other sources. Results highlight the importance of hospitality businesses understanding their target groups through marketing research.

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Seasonal Differences in Origin, Destinations, Activities and Expenditures of Central and Southern Utah Visitors International Journal of Business, Marketing, & Decision Science

Steed, E., Roberts, W., Eastep, B.

2014
In 2010-2011, the Southern Utah University Hospitality Research Center joined with the Utah Office of Tourism to explore various characteristics of visitors to Central and Southern Utah. This study focuses on one of the study's research questions, which was the seasonal differences of visitor origin, destinations visited, activities selected and expenditures. Chi-square and ANOVA tests were conducted to determine differences. Many significant differences were detected, and many similarities were discovered.

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Affinity for Nature in Outdoor Programming: Theoretical Foundations, Scale Development, and Importance Journal of Outdoor Recreation, Education, and Leadership

Cachelin, A., Eastep, B.T., Sibthorp, J.

2011
The objectives of this study were to develop a youth Affinity for Nature Scale that can be used to document the outcomes of children participating in nature based programs; to review three relevant strains of literature informing the development of the scale; and to review the importance of this scale’s utility in terms of the current state of children’s relationship with the natural world.

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Courses (6)

ORPT 2000 Outdoor Skills Seminar

A special topics course designed to develop outdoor recreation and leadership skills. Topics will vary depending upon demand.

EDGE 3050 Outdoor Project Proposal & Planning

An online, eight week workshop that guides students through the process of creating and EDGE project proposal and plan tuned specifically to the Outdoor Engagement Center.

EDGE 4050 Outdoor Project Reporting & Reflection

An online eight week course that guides students through the process of verifying, reporting, and reflecting on their EDGE Project, which is tuned specifically to the Outdoor Engagement Center. Students will create a portfolio featuring their project.

ORPT 4600 Outdoor Recreation Policy & Planning

Course will cover foundations of natural resource recreation policy and planning: policy history, key agencies, wild land recreation policy, rec planning, management practices, & the NEPA process.

ORPT 4860 Outdoor Recreation Skills Practicum

This course is designed to give outdoor recreation majos and minor experience leading, teaching, and developing skills in the outdoor recreation field.

ORPT 4900 ORPT Senior Seminar

A capstone course: ORPT majors will complete a capstone project to investigate current trends, issues, research, and professional standards in the field. Students will also prepare for internships.

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