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E-News: June 2016



  1. USEE Communicator
  2. EE Events & Opportunites
  3. Educator’s Corner

USEE Communicator

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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 USOE credit/relicensure hours!

Project Learning Tree (K-8)
June 4, 9:00am-3:00pm
Locations: Tracy Aviary

589 1300 S, SLC
Eligible for USOE Credit
Register $35

Project Learning Tree (K-8)
June 18, 9:00am-3:00pm
Locations: Alta Ski Area

UT-210, Alta
Eligible for USOE Credit
Register $35

Project WILD
July 27, 9:00am-3:00pm
Locations: Utah's Hogle Zoo

2600 Sunnyside Avenue S, Salt Lake City
Eligible for USOE Credit
Register $35

Contact us about setting up a workshop at your school or organization!
*Availability may vary with time of year and location. 10 or more participants Required.

Check out our extensive list of upcoming workshops!

We had a blast at this year's Project Learning Tree Conference! Here are some pictures from last week.

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EE Events & Opportunities


Birdhouse Competition and Exhibition at the Ogden Nature Center

April 8-June 25, 2016, 9 A.M.-5 P.M.

Location: Ogden Nature Center

The Ogden Nature Center presents For the Birds... An outdoor exhibition of handcrafted and whimsical birdhouses. The exhibition runs from April 8 to June 25, 2016 and is open 9 AM to 5 PM Monday through Friday and 9 AM to 4 PM on Saturdays.

$5 for Adults, $3 for children. Members are free.

The Barefoot Movement Summer Concert at Ogden Nature Center

June 9, 2016, 7 P.M.-9 P.M.

Location: Ogden Nature Center

Heartfelt, energetic and down home. Heralded as "one of the most promising bands on the Bluegrass scene," this Nashville-based group is as down to earth as their intention. Sit back, relax, take your shoes off, and stay a while. All the worries and frustrations of the world melt away as this charming, acoustic band takes listeners back to a simpler place and time.

$18 for adults, $10 for children 12 and under. $20 day of show, $12 for children.

Visit or contact Sabrina Foster at (801)621-7595 for tickets.

Family Night at Red Butte Garden Featuring Rumba Libre Band

June 27, 2016, Performances at 6:30 and 7:30 P.M.

Location: Red Butte Garden

Explore the diversity in your own community! Monday Family Nights are filled with the music and dance of cultural groups found right here in Utah. Bring a picnic and blanket to enjoy a performance at either 6:30 or 7:30 P.M. and share in a Garden related craft or activity to wrap up the evening.

Events will be held in the Red Butte Garden Courtyard, behind the Visitor Center. In case of inclement weather, events will be held in the Orangerie.

Specializing in Latin jazz and salsa music, Rumba Libre Band will share their energy, charisma, and unique sound to get you on your feet while teaching about Afro-Cuban rhythms and the history of salsa music and culture. Come ready to dance!

Cost: Garden admission for non-members, free for members




Professional Development Opportunity: Climate Education Workshop (NOAA Climate Stewards Education Project)

June 13-June 16, 2016, 8 A.M.-5 P.M.

Location: Utah's Hogle Zoo

NOAA's Climate Stewards Education Project (CSEP) is collaborating with Federal, State, and NGO partners to convene four climate-science workshops for formal and informal educators. Participates will hear from and interact with climate science, education and communication experts, and visit research facilities to explore foundational technologies and innovations in Earth-system research. This workshop in Salt Lake City, Utah will focus on the region and topical impacts of climate change, with a goal of connecting educators and their students/audiences to the best-available, science-based information and resources about climate change.

Registration for the Salt Lake City, Utah workshop is open, however there are attendance limits for the workshop, and we are advertising them nationally. Availability will be on a first come first serve basis, so register early for your workshop. Participation in the workshop is free, but attendees are responsible for arranging their own transportation, lodging and meals unless otherwise indicated in workshop details. 

Primary Contacts:

Chris Schmitz (

Kelly Gallo (

Bruce Moravchik (

Featured Presentations:

  • Dr. Robert Gillis, Director/State Climatologist, Utah Climate Center, Utah State University

  • Dr. Robin Kundas Craig, Professor, College Of Law, University of Utah; Affiliated Faculty, Global Change & Sustainability Center, University of Utah

  • Dr. Jim Steenburgh, University of Utah Professor, Author: The Greatest Snow on Earth and Blog: Wasatch Weather Weenies

  • Mathew Bekker, BYU Professor specializing in Utah drought and dendrochronology

  • Brian McInerney, Senior Hydrologist, NOAA’s National Weather Service

  • Nancy Mesner, Professor, Watershed Services, Utah State University

  • Natalie Little, PE, Regional Sustainability and Climate Change Coordinator, Forest Service, Intermountain Regional Office

  • Mike Golden, Research Biologist, Dixie National Forest, US Forest Service

Hands-On Activities From:
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Westminster College-Great Salt Lake Institute, Utah’s Hogle Zoo, HawkWatch International, Red Butte Garden, Natural History Museum of Utah, Clark Planetarium, Thanksgiving Point, US Forest Service, National Phenology Project, The Community Collaborative Rain Hail and Snow Network, Utah Water Watch, Utah State University Extension

Utah State University’s Climate Center, The Great Salt Lake, Wasatch Mountains, Clark Planetarium, Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge, Red Butte Garden, Natural History Museum, Utah’s Hogle Zoo, Optional Field Trip (Friday, June 17- to Peter Sinks)

Notes - Workshop Costs, Food & Lodging:
  • This workshop has a capacity for 50 participants.

  • There is no cost to attend this workshop.

  • Participants must make their own travel and overnight arrangements.

  • A nearby lodging option Hampton Inn Suites Salt Lake City/University Foothill Drive 1345 S. Foothill Drive, Salt Lake City, Utah, 84108, USA (801- 583-3500) A block of rooms has been set aside. Ask for the Utah’s Hogle Zoo rate/room block. (

  • A free van service to/from Hampton Inn to Hogle Zoo will be provided

  • Lunch, snacks and at least one dinner will be provided.

  • Transportation to/from workshop related events will be provided.

To register, and for more information, click here.




Educators Corner


EE News

Canyons Becomes First Utah School District to go Idle Free

Never doubt that small changes can make a big difference. What started as a suggestion by a concerned Canyons School District parent has grown into a Board of Education-approved campaign to reduce schoolyard idling during morning drop-offs and pickups. 

On Earth Day, Canyons became the first school district in Utah to go idle free. The campaign kicked off early in the morning at Ridgecrest elementary school where “no idling” signs were installed and students greeted drivers with placards, informational pamphlets and window clings to place in vehicles. Eventually, signs will be placed at all Canyons schools and “no idling” pledges will be sent home with students, encouraging parents to voluntarily pledge to “turn their key and be idle free.”

The idea originated with a parent, Cindy Boyer, who dropped by Superintendent Jim Briscoe’s office just over a month ago to share her frustration at seeing exhaust billowing into the air at her child’s school’s parking lot. Briscoe took her concerns to the Board of Education, and within a matter of weeks, the district’s “no idling” campaign was born. 

See full article here.


Spotlight: Cowboy Ted's Foundation for Kids

Ted Hallisey, or Cowboy Ted, had been involved in health and wellness education for a long time before starting Cowboy Ted's Foundation for Kids. He has taught physical education for a number of institutions, as well as acting as the Executive Director of Kane County's office of tourism. His resume reflects a lifetime of working towards the health and well-being of children of all ages, and he is deeply committed to getting kids active and enjoying the outdoors.

He started Cowboy Ted's Foundation for Kids because Ted felt that kids today needed a role model, someone to look up to besides the celebrities that are consistently in the media. He decided to take on that role, and he now travels from school to school helping to promote healthy lifestyles and overall wellness in a fun, engaging way. 

If you're interested in learning more, you can visit, or contact Ted Hallisey directly at

Shout out to our Awesome Green Schools!

Blessed Sacrament Catholic School
Bonneville Elementary
DaVinci Academy of Science and Arts
ECC Jewish Community Center
Greenwood Charter School
Madeleine Choir School
Maria Montessori Academy
The McGillis School
Nibley Park Elementary School
Rowland Hall
Shadow Valley Elementary School
Woodstock Elementary

Honeybee Nature Preschool

EE Video of the Month

John Denver's Plant a Tree for Your Tomorrow


In honor of Arbor Day, check out this throwback! This is a public service announcement that John Denver composed for the National Arbor Day Foundation in 1990.

EE Inspirational Book of the Month

Last Child in the Woods: Saving our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder
by Richard Louv

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