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Snow Canyon State Park

Did you know? Located near St. George in the 62,000 acre Red Cliffs Desert Reserve, Snow Canyon State Park was established to protect the federally listed desert tortoise and its habitat. The park offers opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts of all ages. Activities include hiking, nature studies, wildlife viewing, photography, camping, ranger talks and junior ranger programs. There are more than 38 miles of hiking trails, a three-mile paved walking/biking trail and over 15 miles of equestrian trails.

Pictured: A family explores the Navajo sandstone formations at Snow Canyon State Park.

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E-News: November 2016



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Professional Development Workshops

Easily Integrate EE into the Classroom with Nationally Recognized and Award-Winning Curricula

Join USEE for our upcoming workshops! We provide participants with ideas and resources to integrate environmental education into the classroom, while still meeting core curriculum requirements. Most of our workshops are eligible for USBE credit/relicensure hours!

"Make a Splash" Water Education Workshop Series
Thursday, November 17, 2016, 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Saturday, December 10, 2016, 9:00am - 4:00pm
Thursday, March 30, 2017, 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Thursday, April 27, 2017, 5:00pm - 8:00pm
*YOU MUST ATTEND ALL FOUR SESSIONS to receive USBE credit and funds.
For more details, click here.
Register $0*
*This is a FREE workshop series made possible by a generous grant from USU Extension.

Project WET (K-12)
November 19, 9:00am-3:00pm
Location: Red Butte Garden
Eligible for USBE Credit
Register $0*
*Red Butte Garden is pleased to offer this workshop at NO COST thanks to a generous grant provided by iSEE. The workshop is valued at $35. Space is limited.

Project Learning Tree: Air Quality Theme with Breathe Utah (K-8)
January 21, 9:00am-3:00pm
Location: Natural History Museum of Utah
Eligible for USBE Credit
Register $35

Project Learning Tree: Arbor Day Theme (K-8)
April 12, 9:00am-3:00pm
Location: Red Butte Garden
Eligible for USBE Credit
Register $35

Contact us about setting up a workshop at your school or organization!
Availability may vary with time of year and location, 8 or more participants required.

Check out our extensive list of upcoming workshops!

Online Project Learning Tree Workshops Now Available!

PLT now offers online training in Environmental Experiences for Early ChildhoodEnvironmental Education for K-8, and PLT GreenSchools.

Early ChildhoodK-8GreenSchools

Save the Date!

The 27th Annual Utah Environmental Education Conference will be located in the heart of downtown Logan at the elegant yet homey Bullen Center, home of the Cache Valley Center for the Arts, April 6-8, 2017.

The Call for Proposals is now open!!

Be a part of this wonderful conference! Click on the button below for more information and/or to submit a proposal.

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Become a NOAA Climate Steward!

Do you want to do more than just learn about climate change? Join educators across the United States supporting climate resilience. 
Apply NOW to join the NOAA Climate Stewards 2017 Stewardship Community. 
Selected educators who meet project requirements will be eligible for: 
  • Up to $2000 to support the execution of a climate stewardship action project.
  • Travel reimbursements to attend select workshops and/or national conferences - following the successful completion of a climate stewardship project.
  • Special professional development opportunities.
  • Monetary and educational resources.
Applications are being accepted until midnight November 20, 2016. 

If you are now a member of the Stewardship Community, received funding to carry out a climate stewardship action project and are interested in extending your project for the 2017/2018 academic year, or interested in conduct another or related stewardship project during the 2017/2018 academic year, you MUST reapply this year.  

To learn more about this opportunity and apply, go to the NOAA Climate Stewards Education Project Web Site.

Questions? Contact: 

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Educators Corner


EE News

Kevin Brooks of the Utah Governor's Office of Energy Development (OED)

The OED's Mission
To advance all forms of responsible energy and minerals for the provision affordable, reliable and sustainable energy.

Who We Are
Kevin Brooks currently serves as Energy Incentive & Program Coordinator at the Utah Governor's Office of Energy Development (OED).  Governor Gary R. Herbert recognizes energy as one of the four cornerstones of Utah’s strength, along with education, job creation, and self-determination.  In recognition of this priority, the Governor’s Office of Energy Development (OED) was created in 2011 in response to the Governor’s 10-Year Strategic Energy Plan.

Utah Energy and Minerals Education Initiative
Recently, OED and nearly a dozen state agencies, and industry associations, launched the Utah Energy and Minerals Education Initiative. The robust program features a new online hub for K-12 curriculum, higher education scholarships, research funding, and a yearly hands-on event for all ages - Utah Energy and Minerals Days hosted in conjunction with Utah STEM Fest.

The new Utah Energy & Minerals Education website ( offers a growing library of curricula for K-12 students.  The two dozen lesson plans offered presently teach State standards through the exploration of conventional fossil fuels, non-fuel minerals, renewable resources and energy efficiency technologies.  Each lesson comes equipped with a background summary on the resource, a vocabulary list, worksheet, and an immersive activity for students to tackle.  

Another key section of the education program includes helping students continue their energy and minerals education beyond high school.  OED has also partnered with Chevron to provide the Utah Energy Workforce Scholarship Program.  Through a competitive short documentary film contest, four students will be awarded a $5,000 scholarship to pursue STEM education at a Utah-based college or university.  The application is open to 11th and 12th grade students across Utah, with a final deadline of Dec 2, 2016.  Those who submit by Nov 18th will be awarded access to the annual Governor’s Utah Energy Development Summit.  For more information, including a guide on how to film with a smart phone, visit     

Utah Energy Development Summit
Each Spring, Gov. Herbert hosts the Utah Energy Development Summit, a global event bringing together a host of industry experts and government officials to engage in crucial conversation, build key partnerships, and create new solutions for energy and minerals development.  Approaching its sixth year, the Summit remains the largest event of its kind in the Intermountain West, drawing more than a thousand attendees.  Learn more at

Learn more!
Did you know Kevin has willingly wrestled alligators!! Click here to learn more about Kevin and the OED including resources and interesting facts about Utah Energy and Mineral Rankings.

Contact Info
Kevin M. Brooks
Energy Incentive & Program Coordinator
Governor's Office of Energy Development
(801) 538-8725, (801) 300-0510

EE Video of the Month

Earthquakes 101 by National Geographic
The Outdoor and Environmental Education Program at Montgomery County Public School in Maryland helps students nurture awareness, appreciation, and stewardship for the natural environment, and has been going strong for 50 years now.

EE Inspirational Book of the Month

At the Drive-In Volcano
by Aimee Nezhukumatathil

Aimee Nezhukumatathil was just one of the incredible speakers at the NAAEE Conference this October.

Born to a Filipino mother and Malayali Indian father, Aimee Nezhukumatathil is the author of three books of poetry: Lucky Fish, winner of the Hoffer Grand Prize for Prose and Independent Books; At the Drive-In Volcano; and Miracle Fruit. With Ross Gay, she co-authored Lace & Pyrite, a chapbook of nature poems. She is the poetry editor of Orion magazine and her poems have appeared in the Best American Poetry series, American Poetry Review, New England Review, Poetry, Ploughshares, and Tin House. Awards for her writing include an NEA Fellowship in poetry and the Pushcart Prize. She teaches at The State University of New York at Fredonia, where she was awarded the Chancellor’s Medal of Excellence and named the campus-wide Hagan Young Scholar. In 2016-17, Nezhukumatathil will be the Grisham Writer-in-Residence at the University of Mississippi’s MFA program in creative writing.

Nezhukumatathil is also known for her dynamic and joy-filled teaching. Equally at ease in a university or high school classroom, she often serves as a poetry “ambassador,” bringing the delights and joys of reading and writing poetry to classrooms all over the country. Read more>>

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