Wilderness in Photographs & Films. New EE Workshops, Priority City SLC. Why Spiders Don't Stick.
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E-News: September 2015



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

USEE Communicator

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to recognize and promote sustainable practices in the Facility and Curriculum of schools in Utah.
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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.

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Project Learning Tree
Saturday 24th 9am-3pm
(Utah Art Alliance-SLC, UT)

Project Learning Tree Early Childhood and Growing UP WILD
Tuesday 7th & Wednesday 28th 9am-3pm 


Project Learning Tree
Saturday 7th 9am-3pm 
(Utah Art Alliance-SLC, UT)

Project Learning Tree Early Childhood and Growing UP WILD
Tuesday 17th & Thursday 19th  9am-3pm 


Project Learning Tree
Monday 14th & Wednesday 16th 5:30pm-8:30pm

Project WET
Saturday 23rd  9am-3pm 


Project Learning Tree Early Childhood and Growing UP WILD
Tuesday 17th & Thursday 19th  9am-3pm 

Project WET
Saturday 23rd 9am-3pm 
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


Project Wild Thing 
Film Screening & Panel Discussion

October 4th, 2015


Location: Swaner Preserve

Film highlights the difficulties of getting children outside while competing with the pulls of technology. Stay after the film screening for a panel discussion of experts on environmental education, and the therapeutic benefits of time spent in nature. There will be a short presentation and discussion led by Dr. Jeff Rose, Asst Prof, Dept of Parks, Recreation, & Tourism at the University of Utah. His research examines systemic inequities that are displayed through class, race, political economy, and relationships to nature.


Creatures of the Night

October 9th or 10th, 2015


Location: Ogden Nature Center

The Ogden Nature Center presents Creatures of the Night - a not-so-scary Halloween event for the whole family. Learn about native nocturnal creatures like owls, spiders, and bats. Take a crepuscular creep around the nature preserve where you'll meet and learn from some "wild" characters. Find your way through the Spider Web Crawl and visit the Hilarious House of Hoots. Food vendors, carnival games, treats, music, and educational fun.

Local EE Events

Creating Wilderness with Photographs: 
Images and Environmentalism

September 30th 2015
Weber County Main Library

Kevin DeLuca will share his research on the political and cultural role of images such as those taken by Ansel Adams and Carleton Watkins, which were critical in saving Yosemite and Yellowstone. His talk will cover environmental photography from the nineteenth century to present. See Flyer


Trailblazers for Clean Energy Speaker Series:
Vien Truong, National Director - Green For All

October 21st, 2015


Location: S.J. Quinney College of Law

Hear how these trendsetters are tackling issues of climate change! Truong is one of the nation's leading experts on solutions for poverty and pollution in government. She has directed billions of dollars in funding and resources to communities most vulnerable to climate change. In 2012, she helped pass legislation which directs a quarter of CA’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund to disadvantaged communities. In 2014, she co-led the Charge Ahead Initiative, California’s million electric cars campaign which created clean transportation choices for low-income and working families.

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Educators Corner


EE News

"Interior Department Selects Salt Lake City as Priority City to Connect Youth to the Great Outdoors"

As part of the Interior Department’s leadership of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! Outside initiative to engage the next generation of outdoor stewards and inspire millions of young adults to experience the great outdoors, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today joined Mayor Ralph Becker, Vice President and General Manager of American Express Salt Lake City Victor Ingalls, and President and CEO of the YMCA of Northern Utah Rich West to announce the selection of Salt Lake City as one of the first 50 cities to participate in the nationwide movement.
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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: Why don't Spiders Stick to their Webs


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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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Green Fork Blog


Glendale Golf Course Food Forest
by U of U Professional Writing


This November, Salt Lake citizens will vote on the General Operations bond which will allow the Salt Lake City government to update and repurpose open lands such as parks, golf courses, and trails, in a way the city finds best. “The city golf program is at a point where it is no longer fiscally viable. Unfortunately, getting back to a solid, viable financial base at this point is just flatly going to require some course closures,” as stated by Art Raymond, a spokesman for mayor Ralph Becker. In its place, the mayor has created a “Connecting You to Nature” proposal which will offer new ways to use the allocated space. The opportunities include new paved and unpaved trails for bicyclists and walkers/hikers, new recreational opportunities, and an urban farm/orchard (or in other words, an urban forest). Read More...