USEE Releases Guidance for School Reopening: How EE and Learning Outdoors Can Help! 

Utah Society for Environmental Education Releases Guidance for School Reopening: How Environmental Educators and Learning Outdoors Can Help! 

Salt Lake City, UT, July 16, 2020 – The Utah Society for Environmental Education (USEE) today released eeGuidance for Reopening Schools, a new publication which offers support for schools and districts as they find ways to safely reopen their schools to students this fall.  Developed in collaboration with the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE), the guidance offers dozens of specific strategies for schools and districts, including using the school grounds for outdoor classroom spaces as a strategy for adhering to physical distancing guidelines, engaging community environmental and outdoor education programs as alternative spaces for learning, tapping into the expertise of environmental educators to support teaching and learning, creating healthier learning environments and supporting at-home learning.  

“As Utah schools and districts plan to reopen they should consider how to incorporate Utah’s talented environmental and outdoor education professionals and organizations. We are excited about linking these programs with schools and districts to help support learning in the upcoming school year. Our goal with these recommendations is to help schools and our environmental and outdoor education programs think creatively to adapt to the challenges that reopening poses and to create solutions during this time," says Alex Porpora, Executive Director of USEE. 

In addition to the eeGuidance document, USEE is able to share a listing of environmental and outdoor education providers across the state and can provide support for educators through virtual and hybrid professional development programs. 

As stated in the eeGuidance, “These organizations can and should be essential partners in supporting schools and families as states begin to reopen schools. As with any strategy, these recommendations are not without hurdles, nor will they fully address all of the challenges facing schools. But environmental and outdoor education programs present some promising tools for schools and districts throughout the U.S. and are essential partners in creating a more just and sustainable future for all.”