October 2016 Newsletter
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Beaver restoration area, Swan Creek, Logan Canyon, Utah.

Did you know?

Beaver dam building skills help restore degraded streams and increase the complexity of the surrounding habitat, consequently increasing the number of species found by 28 per cent. The dams also help improve pollutant levels and store flood water. Pictured: Beaver restoration area, Logan Canyon.

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E-News: October 2016



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

Join us for breakfast to celebrate and support 35 years of promoting high quality environmental education in Utah.
When: October 13, 2016, 8-9 A.M.
Where: Red Rock Brewery, 254 South 200 West, Salt Lake City
Please click here to RSVP.
Thank you to long-time supporter of USEE, Red Rock Brewery. It is because of tremendous support like this we are able to continue to serve Utah's educators and children.

1st Annual Utah Green Schools Summit

USEE hosted the 1st annual Utah Green Schools Summit and it was a great success! A big thank you to Utah's Hogle Zoo for hosting the event, and for everyone who participated.

Interested in becoming a Utah Green School? Apply here, it's quick and easy!

Photos from the Summit:


Presenters included:

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 WET (K-12)
November 19, 9:00am-3:00pm
Location: Red Butte Garden
Eligible for USBE Credit
Register $0*
*Red Butte Garden is pleased to offer this workshop at NO COST to teachers of public schools and public charter schools thanks to a generous grant provided by iSEE. The workshop is valued at $35. Space is limited.

Project Learning Tree: Air Quality Theme with Breathe Utah (K-8)
January 21, 9:00am-3:00pm
Location: Natural History Museum of Utah
Eligible for USBE Credit
Register $35

Project Learning Tree: Arbor Day Theme (K-8)
April 12, 9:00am-3:00pm
Location: Red Butte Garden
Eligible for USBE Credit
Register $35

Contact us about setting up a workshop at your school or organization!
Availability may vary with time of year and location, 8 or more participants Required.

Check out our extensive list of upcoming workshops!


Online Project Learning Tree Workshops Now Available!

PLT now offers online training in Environmental Experiences for Early ChildhoodEnvironmental Education for K-8, and PLT GreenSchools.

Early ChildhoodK-8GreenSchools


The Utah Environmental Education Community

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EE Events & Opportunities


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World of 7 Billion Video Contest

Back by popular demand, the World of 7 Billion student video contest can help you bring technology and creativity into your high school and middle school classes. The contest challenges students to create a short (60 seconds or less) video illustrating the connection between world population growth and one of three global challenges: climate change, ocean health, or rapid urbanization. Students can win up to $1,000 and their teachers will receive free curriculum resources. The contest deadline is February 23, 2017. Full contest guidelines, resources for research, past winners, and more can be found at

Alta Environmental Center

Come to the Alta Environmental Center for a brunch, bird surveying, and much more.
For a complete list of events happening during October, visit the events page here.

Looking for fun Halloween themed activities?

Check out some of our partners' fun halloween events!

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Educators Corner


EE News


Children and Nature Network Research Library

The Children and Nature Network has just updated their research library. They have over 300 articles studying the impact nature has on children.

Spotlight: Soldier Hollow Charter School

Our Mission
Our mission is to create a school that utilizes place based education to foster autonomous life-long learning through knowledge of and responsibility for the environment. 

Who We Are
Soldier Hollow Charter School is located in Midway, Utah on the Olympic venue used for nordic skiing.

Our Vision
Our purpose is to provide an innovative educational model that nurtures inquiry, creativity and inspires the desire to learn. The natural world will be used as a classroom for place-based learning across the curriculum. 

BioBlitz information:
Each year our school has an Environmental Education "Week" during the week of UEA. (3 days)  This year the theme will be Biodiversity and we are planning on conducting a Bio Blitz around our campus since our school is located within Wasatch State Park on an Olympic venue.  We will be identifying species and analyzing what we find.   We will post results of our BioBlitz on our website and share the data with the state park and Soldier Hollow Legacy Foundation. 
We will introduce the BioBlitz and prepare the students through mini-lessons on Biodiversity and specific species on Monday, Oct. 17th.  The actual Blitz will be on October 18-- students will rotate through different zones around our campus identifying species.  On Wednesday, Oct. 19th, the data will be presented and analyzed, and we will conclude the week with stewardship projects around our campus and community to help promote and preserve the biodiversity surrounding us.  

Soldier Hollow Charter School
2002 Olympic Dr
Midway, UT 84049
PH: (435) 654-1347

Video of the Month: Hurricanes 101 by National Geographic

EE Inspirational Book of the Month

Environmental Issues Forum in the Classroom
by North American Association for Environmental Education

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