What USEE Means to Me

This month, we're sharing what we've heard from our environmental education community when we asked, "What does USEE mean to you?" We hope you'll find these responses as inspiring as we do! We also hope that they motivate you to contribute to USEE to support our mission of promoting excellence in environmental education and community engagement to connect all Utahns to their natural world. 

Kicking off this series is Carmen Bachofen, USEE's Program Coordinator. She started at USEE this August and we love having her on the team! 

As a recent college graduate and emerging professional USEE has been a major influence and support to me. Since I joined the USEE team in August as the Program Coordinator I have been given the opportunity to design and craft programs that I’m interested in, assist with planning an annual conference, and build a professional network. 

Screen Shot 2021 11 22 at 3.27.57 PMCarmen teaching a workshop for students this fall.


This work has given me the ability to meet and connect with people involved in the field of Environmental Education throughout Utah and the country. Through growing this network I have consistently heard how USEE is a crucial resource for them and I am honored to have joined an organization that is thought of in such high regard. 

To me, being at USEE is an invaluable opportunity. I was originally nervous (and crazy excited) to have been offered the Program Coordinator position. As a young professional, you worry if you’re truly up to the challenge and if you’ll be taken seriously. But with USEE I was given the help and freedom I needed to grow and build programs, create professional contacts, and gain more confidence in the field of EE. 

I’m greatly looking forward to my future with the Utah Society of Environmental Education and providing more ways to connect all Utahns to their natural environment. I hope that you’ll support the incredible work that USEE does by making an end of year donation! You can do that by visiting: https://www.mightycause.com/team/Visionforee or bidding on a silent auction item here: https://www.32auctions.com/SupportUSEE