Since 1993, the Utah Society for Environmental Education (USEE) has been recognizing outstanding community members who have made significant contributions to environmental education efforts in Utah. Each year, public nominations are held for the following award categories: Environmental Educator, Environmental Education Program, Environmental Education Volunteer, and Environmental Education Business of the Year. Award winners were chosen by their peers at the Annual USEE Conference.
This year our nominees were:
Utah Environmental Education Business of the Year Award:
- Caffe Ibis
- Alta Ski Area
And the winner was CAFFE IBIS!
Utah Environmental Education Program of the Year:
- Stokes Nature Center
- Friends of the Great Salt Lake
- Hogle Zoo BSA Merit Badge Program
And the winner was HOGLE ZOO BSA MERIT BADGE PROGRAM!
Vern A. Fridley Environmental Educator of the Year Award:
- Julie Rabb – Wasatch Community Gardens
- Sarah Flinders – USFS
- Christi Paulson – Riley Elementary
- Susan Snyder – Ogden Nature Center
- Meghan Zarnetske – Treasure Mountain Middle School
- Andrea Liberatore – Stokes Nature Center
- George Handley – Brigham Young University
And the winner was Susan Snyder from the Ogden Nature Center!
For the Utah Environmental Education Volunteer of the Year Award, the winner was Janet Ryan-Finlayson from Utah's Hogle Zoo!
Our sincere congratulations go out to all our nominees and winners! You are all doing such wonderful work for the state of Utah, and we are so proud to be working with each of you!
Stay tuned as each day this week we will highlight our winners individually.