Briget Eastep

Briget Eastep has been an outdoor educator since 1991, beginning her career as a Philmont Boy Scout Ranch Ranger. In the past 25 years she has spent over 600 days in the back-country training and educating students for Southern Utah University (SUU), the University of Utah, and the Student Conservation Association.   Now, Dr. Eastep is the Director of Outdoor Pathways at SUU.  As a professor and administrator Dr. Eastep designed and coordinated an Outdoor Recreation major at SUU, was a founding member and is now the principal investigator for the Intergovernmental Internship Cooperative (IIC).  The IIC hosts 200-250 public land internships each year.  In addition, Dr. Eastep has developed with her students, SUU’s adventure orientation program, Semester in the Parks, co-created and implemented SUU’s EDGE program and has been monitoring recreation impacts for Red Cliff Desert Reserve and the Arizona Strip.  She has received numerous awards for her work in outdoor youth engagement, including a National Park Service Director’s Partnership Award and a Partnership Award from the US Forest Service’s Region 4.    She enjoys rafting, skiing, and backpacking with family and friends.