Utah EE Awards

2021 Utah Environmental Education Awardees


Since 1992, USEE annually recognizes environmental education professionals, programs, and volunteers who are making significant contributions to the field of environmental education in Utah. Awardees are nominated by their peers and colleagues and selected by committee. 

Beginning in 2018, the Beehive Under 25 Awards program recognizes individuals in Utah, 25 years old or younger, who are taking on leadership positions to make a difference for the planet. They are engaging their communities, building relationships, and using the power of education to create change. These youth are also recognizing the importance of diversity, inclusion, and equity and applying those principles to their work. 

2021's cohort of awardees is an inspiring group, demonstrating innovation and leadership in the field of environmental education. They truly exemplify our mission of working to ensure that all Utahns connect to the natural world. 


2021 Awardees

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A few of our awardees! From left to right, India Nielsen-Barfuss, Kendra Penry, Katie Newburn, Muskan Walia, Kristina Davis 

Vern A. Fridley Environmental Educators of the Year 

Kristen Bonner, Indian Hills Elementary (formal), Katie Newburn, Friends of Great Salt Lake (informal)

Nat Frazer Environmental Education Leadership Award

Kendra Penry, Stokes Nature Center

Environmental Education Program of the Year

The Mystery of Luci's Missing Lantern, Stokes Nature Center

Environmental Education Volunteer of the Year

Kristina Davis, Conserve Utah Valley

Public Service Award

Governor's Office of Outdoor Recreation & India Nielsen-Barfuss

Beehive Under 25  Awards 

Muskan Walia, Sierra Club Utah Chapter