July 2016 Newsletter
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USEE worked with Splore and Natural History Museum of Utah recently to help bring environmental education into the museum's girls and boys camps.

E-News: July 2016



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


Save the Date!
Upcoming Facilitator Refresher

USEE is hosting a long-awaited Facilitator Refresher!! Come meet other Utah facilitators and learn about current updates about facilitating for Project Learning Tree, Project WET and Project WILD in Utah. Lunch will be provided, and we'll have time for exploration and play! There is no cost for attending.

I am very excited to share that Kathy McGlauflin herself will be coming from DC to speak at the refresher. Kathy is Senior Vice President of Education for the American Forest Foundation (AFF) and National Director of Project Learning Tree. She is a past president and board member of the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) and has served on a variety of other advisory and education boards of organizations such as the World Wildlife Fund and the National Association of Conservation Districts.

When: August 13, 2016, 9 A.M. to 4 P.M. (lunch provided)
Where: Conservation Garden Park, 8275 South 1300 West, West Jordan, Utah 84088
Who: Trained facilitators or anyone interested in becoming a trained facilitator.

*Please RSVP to if you plan on attending so we can make arrangements for lunch or email same if you have any questions.

Save Another Date!
Utah Green Schools Summit

USEE is hosting its first-ever Utah Green Schools Summit. We will be sharing exciting updates to the program and will be hearing from guest speakers such as Utah's Hogle Zoo presenting their Polar Bear Challenge school program and Utah Clean Cities Coalition which has had great success with their Idle Free Schools campaign, as well as others!

There will also be time to get to know each other and share your green schools happenings over light refreshments.

When: Saturday, September 24, 2016, 10 A.M. to 12:30 P.M. (light refreshments provided)
Where: Utah's Hogle Zoo Education Room
Who: Previous & Current Utah Green Schools and anyone interested in learning more about Utah Green Schools.

*Please RSVP to or email same if you have any questions.

Apply here for Utah Green Schools!




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 WILD (K-12)
July 27, 9:00am-3:00pm
Locations: Utah's Hogle Zoo

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

Early Childhood Project Learning Tree and Growing Up WILD (preK-2)
July 30, 10:00am-2:00pm
Locations: Western Instructional Building, Ste 125

255 E 500 N, Price
Eligible for USOE Credit
Register $45

Project WET (K-12)
August 20, 9:30am-3:30pm
Locations: Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge Education Center

2155 W Forest St, Brigham 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!


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EE Events & Opportunities


Free R.A.M.P. Summer Saturdays at the Ogden Nature Center

July 2-July 30, 2016, 10 A.M. and 2 P.M.

Location: Ogden Nature Center

The Ogden Nature Center is offering free admission and activities on Saturdays during the summer. Activities led by a teacher naturalist will be held at 10 A.M. and 2 P.M. every Saturday. Activities will include guided nature walks, live animal presentations, creative nature crafts and more! Just show up and have fun! Please check in at the Visitor Center front desk. 

July 16 - Rock Nature Paperweights - make a lovely gift for someone or a keepsake for yourself from pressed flowers and leaves.

July 23 - Leaf Creatures - These silly leaf people are sure to be a hit! Enjoy some time outdoors collecting different leaves and turn them into silly creatures.

July 30 - Outdoor Scavenger Hunt - Explore the Ogden Nature Center trails while locating nature finds during a fun, age-appropriate scavenger hunt.

Cost: Free!

The Antelope Island Spider Festival

July 30, 2016, 10:30 A.M.-6 P.M.

Location: Antelope Island State Park

Join Antelope Island State Park, The Natural History Museum of Utah, FRIENDS of Great Salt Lake, Great Salt Lake Institute, Weber State and Eco Farms at Antelope Island State Park visitor center to learn about the many spider species that live on Antelope Island and how they affect the ecosystem. Learn which spiders are friendly, and which to steer clear from! Enjoy a day of spider walks, spider crafts and spider talks.

Cost: Regular Park Admission

Visit their event page for more information.

Botany Bins from Red Butte Garden

Red Butte Garden is pleased to offer a new education outreach program for public and charter classroom teachers and community groups at NO COST! Botany Bins are teacher resource kits that contain engaging, hands-on, Utah core-curriculum aligned lesson plans, related literature, real plant specimens, and reproducible materials. Visual aids and background information make the kits easy for teachers and students alike to explore the world of plants and study the fascinating science of botany! MORE INFO

Free Admission to Red Butte Garden for Pioneer Day

July 24, 2016, All Day

Location: Red Butte Garden

Spend time with family and friends on the holiday at Red Butte Garden with free admission all day long. Take time to stop and smell the roses!


Birds, Butterflies and Wildflowers!

July 23, 2016, 9 A.M.-1 P.M.

Location: Caffe Ibis

"Beautiful flowers with wings," a phrase frequently used to express the exquisite beauty of butterflies. Join Stokes Nature Center and Bridgerland Audubon Society for a field trip to Tony Grove meadows to learn the secret lives of these amazing sparks of life, the flowers they visit, and the birds that eat them!

Bring lunch, water, light jacket, hat or sunscreen, binoculars, camera, butterfly net (they will have some). Trip leader: Local naturalists Jack Greene, or 801-563-6816.

Cost: Free!

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Educators Corner


EE News

PLT GreenWorks Grants Available!

GreenWorks! is the service-learning component of PLT that provides grants to PLT trained educators for students to implement environmental improvement projects. By blending community service with the academic curriculum, students are "learning by doing."

The deadline to apply for a PLT GreenWorks! grant is September 30, 2016. Since 1992, PLT has distributed over $1 million to fund more than 1,000 environmental projects in communities across the country.

GreenWorks! action projects make a difference in young people's sense of responsibility toward their communities, and their understanding of their relationship to the environment. Some examples of past projects include habitat restoration, watershed improvement, school gardens, outdoor classrooms, recycling and energy conservation. 

Find more information here.

Spotlight: Jaimi Butler, Westminster College Great Salt Lake Institute

Jaimi is currently the Coordinator for the Great Salt Lake Institute (GSLI). The Institute works to support research, education, and stewardship of our unique Great Salt Lake. They accomplish this through enhancing student learning through research and scholarship in all disciplines, fostering inter-institutional research collaboration, and providing field experiences, curriculum and professional development for K-12 teachers.

They also facilitate dialogue on the compatibility of lake industry and ecosystem health, engage the local community by providing opportunities for interaction with the lake, and create networks in partnerships in lake research, scholarship, education, recreation, commerce, and stewardship. 

Bio: Jaimi Butler earned her Fisheries degree in 1999 from Utah State and in a giant twist of irony inadvertently found herself working in fish-less Great Salt Lake as a brine shrimp biologist (with an ever-expanding affinity to the birds who eat them).  She immediately found our unique salty neighbor to be her place and since 1999 has been an enthusiastic student of all aspects of the lake. Jaimi’s entire professional career has been at Great Salt Lake including working in academia, with the brine shrimp harvesting industry and Utah Division of Wildlife Resources Great Salt Lake Ecosystem Program.  Currently coordinator for GSLI at Westminster College Jaimi helps faculty and students perform lake research and works to convince people how great Great Salt Lake really is.  In her free time Jaimi can be found trying to maintain her sanity as wife of a government employee and a mother of a threenager and a teenager.

Interesting facts about Jaimi and GSLI:
  • Jaimi was awarded the 2016 Friend of Utah Science Teachers Award
  • She is a homegrown Utahn and did not know she loved the lake until she started working there :)
  • GSLI LOVES to work with teachers!  They are going to be helping develop GSL resources for use in the new 6-8th grade science standards that come online in 2017.
  • They hosted their first teacher only summer camp just last week and love to partner with people doing GSL PD.
  • Jaimi is helping with an exhibit at NHMU.
  • GSLI is at Westminster College.
GLSI Resources:
  • Facebook Group page, Great Salt Lake Educators: This group invites teachers to use if they have questions or need inspiration or would like to share GSL lessons, experiences etc. 
  • GLSI helped to create the following pages through the Genetics Science Learning Center. 
    • Great general information portal that anyone can use for any purpose including interactive lessons on various issues/characteristics of GSL.
    • Lesson Plans and labs for teachers including fill in the blank worksheets to complement the information portal or for use at the lake if you can get there!

Jaimi Butler pictured with the Spiral Jetty, a famous piece of earth art, featured in the background. You can read more about The Great Salt Lake Institute's work involving the Spiral Jetty here.
Contact Info:
Great Salt Lake Institute
Westminster College
Meldrum Science Center Room 377
Salt Lake City, UT 84105
Great Salt Lake Institute at Westminster College

EE Video of the Month

Taking Class Outdoors with Environmental Education


This academic program at Minnesota's School for Environmental Studies was designed to promote project based learning and a love for nature and wildlife.

EE Inspirational Book of the Month

The Failure of Environmental Education (And How We Can Fix It)
by Charles Saylan and Daniel T. Blumstein

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