Cache Valley Mini-Summit for Environmental Education

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ASILOMAR, CA, January 2018–The USEE Leadership Team participated in a week-long workshop of NAAEE State Affiliates. This was a gathering of 10 affiliate state teams, who have been working for a year to help support and strengthen the efforts in each of their states, as well as 22 other state representatives. The efforts of the 10 teams is intended to cross over to those 22 other affiliates, as well as the other states who weren't represented at this meeting. NAAEE allowed the time and space to collaborate, brainstorm and truly support each and every state who is a part of the affiliate network. Looking forward to a very productive 2018!

Please RSVP using this Cache Valley Mini-Summit Registration Form. Snacks will be provided, so please include any dietary restrictions you may have. 

Please complete the RSVP even if you are unable to attend if you would like to share your contact information and current projects with other participants, or if you would like to be removed from any future correspondence regarding this project. You may also share any additional input under "Comments or Questions".
What: Cache Valley Mini-Summit (1st of 5 throughout state of Utah)
When: May 2, 2018, 12:30 to 4:30 P.M.

Location: USU, 5200 Old Main Hill, BNR112b (Biology-Natural Resources, turquoise and grey building)
Parking: For visitor parking, the Big Blue Terrace parking garage would probably be best and most convenient. Please note that the BNR building is just to the east of the parking garage (across an uncovered parking lot).
It is no mistake we chose Cache Valley for our first summit. There is such a strong commitment to environmental literacy and a sustainable future in this community, and we are hoping to leverage the expertise and enthusiasm that exists here to help us best structure the remaining 4 summits and our Strategic Planning process. You are a big part of shaping the future of EE in Utah!
Please be prepared to discuss the following as they relate to EE and your experiences:
  • Challenges & successes–What are the big picture problems/issues/challenges in environmental education in Cache Valley/Utah we exist to solve? What worked?
  • Needs–What can USEE do to better serve you and/or your organization/school/agency?
  • EE Defined–Shared goals, strengths, support for one another, networking
Presenters will include Alex Porpora, USEE Interim Director, and Sarah Bodor, Director of Policy & Affiliate Relations, North American Association for Environmental Education.
We will also be breaking out into small working groups to help meet our specific goals of prioritizing areas of focus and developing strategies to achieve those goals.

Utah Society for Environmental Education (USEE)

Our mission is promoting excellence in environmental education by providing support, resources, and networking opportunities to Utah’s community of educators.

Our vision is an environmentally literate society committed to a sustainable future.

Cache Valley Mini-Summit Participant Information to Date:

Sarah Bodor


PositionDirector of Affiliate Relations


Phone: 410-991-3340

Mark Brunson

OrganizationUSU Dept. of Environment & Society


Current ProjectsI direct USU's graduate certificate program in Natural Resources and Environmental Education.


Phone: 435-797-2458

Logan Christian

OrganizationYellowstone to Uintas Connection

PositionOutreach and Development Director


Phone: 435-363-6159

Current ProjectsThree Environmental Education Events this summer at the Limber Pine Nature Trail funded by National Environmental Education Foundation. Each event will have 25 students around 8th grade age range. We are creating a take-home field guide for students, there will be three education stations at the trailhead, and students will take a guided hike of the 1.3 mile nature trail. The event will focus on a few concepts and lessons including local flora/fauna, Logan Canyon history, ecosystem services, watershed science, Leave No Trace and conservation.

Comments or QuestionsWe are looking forward to discussing strategic partnerships for environmental education in Cache Valley, particularly pursuing joint, grant-funded projects such as via EPA grants and other resources.

Hillary Christiansen*

Organization: DDE Center for Early Care and Education, USU

PositionLead Teacher


Phone: 801-336-8434

Current ProjectsImplementing Clean Air School Kit and Utah Green Schools Recognition

Sadie Enright

OrganizationStokes Nature Center

PositionPreschool Director


Phone: 435-757-0727

Current ProjectsI am the director and a lead teacher at Stokes Nature Preschool in Logan, UT. We have been in session since 2013 and have grown in size and quality over the past five years. We are currently working on sustaining and deepening our commitment to early childhood connections with nature, for as many children as we can reach!

Jack Greene

OrganizationBridgerland Audubon Society

PositionEducation Chair, V.P.


Phone: 435-563-6816

Current ProjectsBirds, Beaver, Water in a Changing Climate. A.P. environmental science workshop consultant for the College Board- train high school teachers nationally.

Ron Hellstern

OrganizationCache Valley Wildlife Association (affiliated with National Wildlife Federation)



Phone: 435-512-6938

Current ProjectsOrganized Nibley, Utah to become first city in the State certified as Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation.  Planted 1,000 trees. We established Firefly Park. We raise/tag/release hundreds of Monarch butterflies each year. We just put up 100 birdhouses around the city. We participate in Utah Water Watch and Journey North programs.  Etc, etc, etc.

Comments or QuestionsLooking forward to this.  I am a former President of USEE as well as the Education Chair for NAAEE.

Name: Robert Henke*

Organization: Ridgeline HS

Position: Principal

Phone: 435-792-7780

Alexi Lamm*

Organization: USU 

Position: Sustainability Coordinator


Phone: 435-797-9299

Mark Larese-Casanova

OrganizationUtah State University Extension

PositionUtah Master Naturalist Director


Phone: 435-760-6146

Current ProjectsUtah Master Naturalist, to increase environmental literacy and stewardship.

Jackie Lowry

OrganizationUtah Society for Environmental Education

PositionPrograms Manager


Phone: 970-389-0743

Current Projects2018 Utah Environmental Education Conference, Regional Utah EE Mini-Summits, Utah Green Schools, Utah EE Certification, Professional Development Workshops, Clean Air School Kit, Beehive 5 Under 25 Youth Recognition Program

Emily Malik

OrganizationCity of Logan

PositionConservation Coordinator


Phone: 435-716-9792

Current ProjectsFor the most part, adult education about energy conservation & recycling

NameMeg McCarthy

OrganizationUtah State University, CCE, Aggie Blue Bikes

PositionProgram Coordinator


Phone: 208-404-8222

Current ProjectsBike Education, Bike to Work Week, Ladies Ride and Wrench

Eric Newell*

Organization: Edith Bowen Laboratory School/USU

Position: Director of Experiential Learning and Technology, Adjunct Professor


Phone: 435-797-3085

Current Projects: (Current), Founder (Past)

Matt Perry*

OrganizationLogan City Renewable Energy & Conservation Advisory Board



Phone: 435-881-0475

Current Projects: We are auditing our carbon footprint with a goal to reduce our impact, looking at ways to reduce the amount of waste we are sending to the landfill, and investigating on-site renewable energy options.

Andrew Revelle

Organization: GreenWood Charter School

Position: Environmental Education Coordinator


Phone: 410-948-4838

Current ProjectsK-8 EE Project-based Learning: Each class in our school this year is completing a project-based product focused on a natural resource standard. Each project includes an authentic product, fieldwork experiences, and some include interaction with experts.

Paul Rogers

OrganizationWestern Aspen Alliance, USU

PositionDirector, Adj. Assoc. Prof.


Phone: 435-797-0194

Current ProjectsProfessional ecology workshops (western states); agency/school outreach; Pando (aspen) clone interpretive signs, research, education, fundraising; global Aspen Conservation Consortium; recent Fulbright Scholar to Czech Republic

Edwin Stafford

OrganizationUtah State University

PositionProfessor of Marketing


Phone: 435-797-3890

Current ProjectsUtah High School Clean Air Poster Contest


*Unable to attend, but please share my information with the group. 

What is USEE?

The Utah Society for Environmental Education (USEE), a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit, has been a statewide leader in promoting high quality environmental education in Utah since 1981. USEE encourages environmental literacy by teaching Utahans how to think, not what to think, about the environment.

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