GSENM 1_10-14_Jeff MuseWelcome to Frontier Science School, a curriculum-based education program cooperatively led by Partners and the Bureau of Land Management. We help students, teachers, and people of all ages explore Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and the public lands and rural communities of southern Utah and northern Arizona. Scientifically and historically invaluable, our region is ideal for examining efforts to live sustainably in remote, arid country, and it’s a life-changing classroom for an emerging generation of Westerners.

Encompassing the last place to be mapped in the continental United States, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument spans nearly 1.9 million acres across three distinct regions: the Grand Staircase of multihued cliffs and terraces, the layer-cake treasure trove of the Kaiparowits Plateau, and the otherworldly canyons of the Escalante River watershed. Woven throughout are centuries-old Native cultures, small towns and ranches founded by Mormon pioneers, and an increasing number of adventurers drawn to “America’s Outback.”

Established in 1996, Grand Staircase is one of the most fossil-rich places in the world. In fact, hundreds of dinosaur, invertebrate, and plant species have been discovered in the past two decades alone. What else is out there? What can it teach us? Through Frontier Science School, we hope to find out. And we hope to explore, celebrate, and care for a wild and working landscape that stretches far beyond Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.

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Outside, Indoors, and Online

Frontier Science School builds relationships with wide-ranging teachers, volunteers, rural communities, and government agencies. Our primary partner is the Bureau of Land Management, which oversees Grand Staircase as part of the National Landscape Conservation System. In support of the agency’s “Take It Outside” initiative, we provide opportunities for local students to strengthen their skills in science, technology, engineering, and math, commonly referred to as STEM. Yet no matter the subject, we focus on a single, overarching goal: help teachers connect their students to home ground.

To learn about the variety of activities we offer at this time, from outdoor field trips and classroom visits to curriculum-based Discovery Trunks, please visit Frontier Science School’s new website at You can also contact or Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument’s Interpretive Specialist Mary Dewitz at (435) 644-1234 or

And don’t forget to like our new Facebook page (, where you can find multimedia resources for exploring science, nature, and public lands. Thank you for your interest!