Beehive 5 Under 25 Awardee | Stephen Grant

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Congratulations to the 2018 Beehive 5 Under 25 Awardees!

USEE is pleased to announce the 2018 Awardees of the first annual Beehive 5 Under 25 recognition program! Modeled after NAAEE's 30 Under 30, the Utah Beehive 5 Under 25 program recognizes individuals, 25 years old or younger, who are game changers in their communities. These young people 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.

We asked our 2018 Beehive 5 Under 25 to answer the following questions:


 

Stephen Grant, Salt Lake City

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Tell us a bit about your professional and personal background. What is your current professional role, particularly as it relates to environmental education?

I am currently in my third year as a volunteer educator in Utah’s Hogle Zoo’s Zoo Teen program. In this position I teach guests about our animals and how the zoo is working to help their wild counterparts who may be close to extinction. At the Tracy Aviary, I am a founding member of the Teen Advisory Board. The board oversees creating the events for the first Teen STEM Café in Utah. For these events, we bring in guest speakers in the STEM field to teach teens about opportunities and career options in STEM. I have also volunteered as an educator at the Loveland Living Planet Aquarium. This summer I traveled to Santa Barbara, California, to take a class in Ecology, Evolution, and Animal Behavior at University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB). While at UCSB, I worked with the Marine Science Institute studying one of two leopard shark aggregations in California. My team tested the most effective method of surveying coastal sharks. Our work is being utilized by the Recovery and Resilience Lab to better inform their ongoing work towards shark conservation and research.

What inspired you to become a champion for the environment / environmental education? And/or what motivates you about the work you’re doing?

I was fortunate enough to grow up only five minutes away from Utah’s Hogle Zoo. It was at Utah’s Hogle Zoo where my passion for animals began and grew. At the zoo, I was able to make connections with the animals. Those connections drove my passion for conservation.

What advice would you give to the next generation of leaders that are looking to bring about positive change in their communities through EE?

I would advise the next generation to be involved with environmental issues. Sitting on a couch playing video games all day long is not going to solve large environmental issues like air quality and climate change. It's going to take people who are involved in their households, schools, and communities as well as being politically active.

Who do you look up to as inspiration for your work? 

Growing up, I looked up to Steve Irwin and the Kratt Brothers. They inspired my love and passion for animals. They also brought to my attention the plight of some wild animals and why we should care if they were to go extinct. Today I rely on the staff at Utah’s Hogle Zoo and The Tracy Aviary as mentors. Recently I was able to meet with Rick Schwartz, who is the Ambassador of San Diego Zoo Global. Since 2009, I have looked up to Rick as a great spokesperson for zoos and how zoos are supporting conservation. One day I hope to follow Rick’s footsteps and become an ambassador for a zoo or conservation organization.

If you had to live in one place for the rest of your life, where would it be?

If I could live anywhere in the world, I would love to have a treehouse on an orangutan preserve in Borneo. I would love to wake up every morning to the sounds of the rainforest and work towards saving orangutans from extinction.

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Click here to return to see all the 2018 Utah Beehive 5 Under 25 Awardees.

 



This program was made possible thanks to the generous sponsorship of:

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Melissa & Trent Halvorsen

Jack Greene



Join us at the 2018 Utah Environmental Education Conference and hear about the great work these 5 individuals are doing during the Utah Beehive 5 Under 25 Panel, September 14, 2018.

If you have any questions, please contact Jackie Lowry at programs@usee.org. 

 

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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