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Desert Studies Institute Workshops

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Desert Studies Institute (DSI) was established in 1997 as a cooperative program between the Department of Anthropology at Boise State University and Celebration Park, which is operated by Canyon County Parks, Recreation and Waterways.  Each year, the Desert Studies Institute provides a broad range of academic offerings of interest and value to students, teaching professionals, Idaho’s citizens and visitors.

The mission of the Institute is to provide educational programs and scholarly presentations concerning the prehistory, history, ecology and politics of Idaho’s desert environments and deserts worldwide.  The programs are presented to enrich the understanding and appreciation of complex desert ecosystems in Idaho and to promote their perpetual preservation as educational resources for the future.


The faculty of the Desert Studies Institute is selected on the basis of their expertise in areas relating to the objectives of the DSI.  Faculty from Boise State University and the region form the core of the instructional faculty.  The institute regularly arranges for the participation of distinguished scholars from other institutions.


All workshops are one credit each, unless otherwise indicated, and are available for undergraduate or graduate credit, plus a small workshop fee.  All workshops are listed under anthropology; most are cross-listed with other disciplines.  For detailed information, or for registration information call 426-1709 (Boise State Summer Program/Extended Studies).

Brief Description of our Summer 2020 Workshops:

Due to COVID-19 all summer workshops have been cancelled.