Mini-Summits for Environmental Education 2018

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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!

2018 Regional Mini-Summit Results

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The 2018 Regional Mini-Summit Reports

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  1. Cache Valley Mini-Summit, Logan, UT: May 2, 2018
  2. Southeastern Region Mini-Summit, Price, UT: July 10, 2018
  3. Vernal Mini-Summit, Vernal, UT: August 4, 2018
  4. Southwestern Region Mini-Summit, Cedar City, UT: Southern Utah University, Cedar City, UT: August 25, 2018
  5. Wasatch Front Mini-Summit, Salt Lake City, UT: September 14, 2018



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.

USEE is built on a strong foundation of 37 years providing resources, support, and networking opportunities to Utah’s community of teachers and administrators, faculty, environmental educators, and community officials and outreach specialists. 

2018 Regional Mini-Summits

We are currently in the process of updating our Strategic Plan, and are making great strides to modernize the organization to best meet the needs of the community we aim to serve. Part of that work is to conduct 5 mini-summits throughout the state, with the 5th and final one to culminate at a Utah EE Workshop during our 2018 EE Conference in Salt Lake City, September 14-15, 2018.

We have received funding from the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE), of which we are a state affiliate, to support our strategic planning process and conduct these 5 mini-summits.
Other than the overall goal to increase capacity for EE in Utah, the specific goals for the summits are:
  • Learn how USEE can better promote EE in the respective regions
  • Identify overarching statewide priorities and goals for the field of EE
  • Develop strategies and networking opportunities to support the Utah EE community (networking/partnership building)
  • Identify challenges and successes in respective regions 
We are hoping to leverage the expertise in and enthusiasm for environmental literacy and a sustainable future that exists in your region to help us best structure the remaining summits and our Strategic Planning process. You are a big part of shaping the future of EE in Utah!
USEE's Interim Director, Alex Porpora, will give a brief overview of USEE, current status of and future plans for EE in Utah, and our role as the state affiliate for the North American Association for Environmental Education.
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 
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.




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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