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E-News: August 2015



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

USEE Communicator

Utah Schools Who Made the Grade!

It's our favorite time of year! Young minds and great teachers are gearing up to tackle more of this world's puzzles together. It's also when we get to announce the recipients of our Utah Green Schools Awards! 

Utah Green Schools Awards program is an initiative to recognize and promote sustainable practices in the facility and curriculum of schools in Utah. The program builds off of the national Green Schools project whose mission is to enhance student health and learning while conserving natural resources and empowering students to develop sustainable behaviors, enabling them to become the stewards of the future.

The 2014-2015 Utah Green Schools:


Bonneville Elementary (4th year!)
The McGillis School  (4th year!)
Hillcrest Elementary (1st year!)

DaVinci Academy of Science & the Arts (2nd year!) 
Shadow Valley Elementary (3rd year!)
Woodstock Elementary (3rd year!)  



Be a Part of Our Team! 

USEE is looking for a new Programs Manager AND has an internship available! 
USEE has been providing support, resources and networking to Utah's community of educators for more than 30 years! That is more than 30 years of working with teachers, schools, government policy makers, and educational organizations like museums and nature centers, as well as the aquarium and the zoo.

We believe that the best hope for the future is to empower individuals to make informed decisions, and so we work to promote excellence in environmental education.

Environmental Education is the interdisciplinary studies of the relationships & interactions between natural & human systems. It is also:
  • hands-on
  • student-centered
  • inquiry-driven
  • relevant to students’ everyday lives.
Contact us for more information!

The Utah Environmental Education Community

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Post & share EE related questions, comments, photos, news, and events.


Green Fork Blog


Jordan River Rehabilitation
Guest Blog: by U of U Professional Writing


The Jordan River runs fifty miles from Utah Lake to the Great Salt Lake. It runs through the heart of Salt Lake, and northern Utah County. Those two counties combined total more than 1.5 million people, all of which are very close to the Jordan River. Many different species of animals such as reptiles, birds, fish, amphibians, mammals, and other organisms (including humans) in the animal kingdom call the Jordan River home. The river serves many purposes in our society and culture, but over the decades the river has also been abused and mistreated. This mistreatment has not gone un-noticed. People are banding together to clean up our river and make sure it becomes one of the jewels of northern Utah. Read More...

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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!
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.

EE Events


Member Events


Star Party 2015!

September 4th, 2015


Location: Swaner Preserve

It's time for the ever popular annual Star Party!  The night will begin with a short presentation from USU physicist Mike Taylor about the Northern Lights and other mysteries of the night sky.  Afterward, head outside to view deep space through telescopes with support from the Utah State University and University of Utah Physics Departments.

An Evening Under the Stars

September 9th, 2015


Location: Ogden Nature Center

What do skunks, s’mores, and stars have in common? Come find out during this evening event at the Ogden Nature Center’s picnic grove. Celebrate the fall equinox as we learn about nocturnal animals, basic astronomy, and share constellation stories around the campfire. Be prepared to participate in a one-mile nighttime walk on the nature center’s trails. Pre-registration required. Please call and reserve your spot by September 8th at 4pm.

2015 Association of Zoos and Aquariums Annual Conference
Hosted by Utah's Hogle Zoo

September 17-21 18, 2015

Location: Salt Palace

Register today for this rare learning opportunity! It has been 44 years since the AZA held it's annual Conference here! Most of the program consists of science-based offerings, with a focus on conservation, education and animal management. Check out the schedule for presentation and poster sessions for more information.

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Educators Corner


Teacher Resource in the Spotlight


Teaching Trunks

USEE is excited to announce our newest resource for educators,
Teaching Trunks! We have avariety of trunks, each based on specific animal or theme, such as "Amphibians and Reptiles" or "Wetlands," and each filled with relevant curricula, references, journals, magazines, and videos, as well as field teaching supplies. They are all available now for teachers to check out and use with their classes! Visit our Teacher Resource Center for a list trunks & their contents. Click HERE to reserve a Teaching Trunk Today!

EE Video of the Month

SciShow Kids: Swings, Slides, and Science


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EE Job, Internship, and Volunteer Opportunities

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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