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E-News: February 2015



  1. USEE Communicator
  2. EE Workshops & Events
  3. Educator’s Corner
  4. Awards and Grants
  5. EE Job, Internship, and Volunteer Opportunities

USEE Communicator

Utah's 25th Annual Environmental Education Conference

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Green Fork Blog


Language and Scientific Inquiry Lesson Plan/Activity

By Seth Commichaux

A longstanding and as of yet unresolved question in science is whether or not other species use complex language to communicate.  So far, some humans take great pride in thinking that they are the only ones who use complex language.  Many approaches have been used to answer this question from trying to teach apes sign language to training dogs and pigeons to recognize hundreds and thousands of symbols and commands to recording and playing back modulated songs to birds to see their response.  But as of yet, there is no conclusive evidence that other species use language as complex as say English or Chinese.  Science is fairly certain that dolphins and whales know and call one another by name.  Many small mammals and birds have specific warning calls that they give that identify different predators to the rest of their communities.

Professional Development Workshops

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

Join USEE and our Fabulous Partners! We provide participants with ideas and resources to integrate environmental education into the classroom, while still meeting core curriculum requirements.

Teachers can receive USOE credit for participating!


24-25th Environmental Education in the 7th & 8th Grade Classroom
Location: Utah Arts Alliance

28th Project WILD Educator Workshop
Location: Utah's Hogle Zoo



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7th Celebrate Arbor Day!
Location: USU Botanical Center-Utah House
14th Natural History Museum of Utah-Project Learning Tree (K-8)
Location: Natural History Museum of Utah


30th Project Wild (K-12)
Location: Utah Hogle Zoo

EE Workshops and Events


Member Events


Wild Wednesday: Signs of Spring

March 4, 2015


Location: Ogden Nature Center

Spring has arrived at the Ogden Nature Center! Help bring in the new season and learn how animals and plants adapt to warmer temperatures and longer days. Hit the trails looking for signs of spring.  Be prepared to hear Chorus Frogs and keep an eye out for migrating birds. Please meet in the Visitor Center.

Eagles on Ice at Rockport State Park

January 24 & 31 2015


Location: Swaner Preserve

Join Rockport State Park staff for a day of viewing Bald and Golden Eagles on the ice. Will be joined by Cabelas and Hawk Watch International. There will be live captive birds that you can get up close and personal with. Free hot chocolate and hot dogs!  Cabelas will provide optics for viewing the wild Eagles.

$1 Winter Wednesdays

Wednesdays, November through March

Location: Tracy Aviary

Tracy Aviary is open year-round, so why not take advantage of the slower season by getting to spend more quality time with the birds? Free-flight encounters are held in a beautiful, heated space as well, so be sure to check that out!


More Local EE Events


13th Annual Bioregional Outdoor Education Project Conference

Feb 28-March 1 2015
Location: Blanding Utah

Join BOEP for one of the best conferences in the Four Corners region for educators! Learn directly from experienced educators leading sessions on many diverse aspects of place-based learning. A diverse and exciting conference line up, with workshop topics ranging from Quilting the Insect Life Cycle to Navajo Plant Food & Medicine to Archery & Orienteering. More info can be found here:

Intermountain Sustainability Summit 2015

March 5-6, 2015
Location: Weber State University Shepherd Union Building

The Intermountain Sustainability Summit aims to bring together civic leaders, sustainability professionals, businesses, educators, students, and interested public together to learn, network, and develop new strategies for implementing sustainability in homes and businesses.

Salt Lake Valley Science and Engineering Fair

March 24-26, 2015
Location: University of Utah Rice Eccles Stadium

The Salt Lake Valley Science & Engineering Fair (SLVSEF) is an annual science competition for students in grades 5-12 from the Canyons, Granite, Murray, Park City, Salt Lake and Tooele School Districts as well as the Salt Lake Catholic Diocese.

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Educators Corner



EE News


Planners unveil blueprint for future of Wasatch canyons

Now it's time for the public to weigh in on a "blueprint" for the future of the central Wasatch Mountains. People surely will have plenty to talk about when they scrutinize the concept developed by 20 or so government agencies, ski resorts and conservation groups involved in the Mountain Accord process. Read More...


Teacher Resources in the Spotlight


KUED PBS Super Reader Marathon 2015

Keep track of kids reading minutes during the month of March. Starting March 30 you can go to and
enter your minutes into the log and receive an invitation to the
SUPER READY PARTY! on April 11, 2015. USEE will be there
along with SO many other great organizations.

2015 Arbor Day Poster Contest "Trees are Terrific from Every Angle"

The Utah Division of Forestry, Fire & State Lands along with several partnerships holds an Annual Arbor Day Poster Contest for elementary aged children. This year's theme is sure to spark creative student ideas. Trees look different depending on your perspective, location and proximity. Various people and animals also see trees from different angles.  With this theme you can even explore geometry through branch attachment angles or trees growing at different angles!
February 27, 2015 - Registration Deadline Click here to Register!
March 20, 2015 - Poster Entry Deadline Click here for more details!


2015 EPA Region 8 Earth Day Art Contest

Theme of the Earth Day Art Contest: What message would you send to American Leaders about climate change? The Earth's climate is getting warmer. Weather patterns are changing, sea level is rising, and our oceans are becoming more acidic. As greenhouse gases build up in our atmosphere, we are likely to see more of these changes that are already affecting people, animals, and ecosystems in many ways. What would you like to say to American Leaders about this important issue?
April 10, 2015 - Entries Due
April 22, 2015 - Earth Day!


Acorn Naturalists

Check out the Acorn Naturalist's Online Environmental Education Resources! Find resources in the following topics and more: environmental literacy, place-based learning, teaching methodologies, EE nature journalism, energy education, EE songs, service learning, global perspectives, etc. Click here for full list of resources and topics.   


EE Video of the Month

Why do we have seasons?

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Awards and Grants

International Young Eco-Hero Awards

Deadline: February 28, 2015

UL Innovative Education Award
Deadline: February 28, 2015

Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching
Deadline: April 1, 2015 


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EE Job, Internship, and Volunteer Opportunities



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Is your organization looking for help advertising jobs and internships? USEE posts open positions in the field of Environmental Education on our website ( as well as our monthly E-Newsletter. Please send current job openings, internships and volunteer opportunities to

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