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The National Energy Foundation (NEF) is a unique 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational organization dedicated to the development, dissemination, and implementation of supplementary educational materials and programs. NEF resources for education relate primarily to energy, water, natural resources, science, math, technology, conservation, energy efficiency, and the environment. NEF recognizes the importance and contribution of natural resources to our economy, to our national security, the environment and our quality of life.

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Utah Geological Survey

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The Utah Geological Survey (UGS) provides timely scientific information about Utah's geologic environment, resources, and hazards. UGS offers a variety of geologic programs, including;

Energy & Minerals Program

The Energy & Minerals Program provides geologic information to government, industry, and individuals to encourage and aid in the prudent development of the state’s mineral and energy resources; inventories, documents, and researches Utah’s abundant mineral and energy resources; and, maintains the Utah Core Research Center.

Geologic Hazards Program

The Geologic Hazards Program helps protect Utah’s public health and safety by investigating geologic hazards and environmental concerns involving geology; provides state and local governments and the public with information and technical services; compiles small- and large-scale geologic-hazard maps; and performs detailed studies on geologic hazards and water resources.

Geologic Information & Outreach Program

The Geologic Information & Outreach Program answers questions and provides information on Utah’s geology to the public, educators, industry, and decision makers; produces non-technical flyers and colorful brochures on a variety of geologic topics; provides geologic resources to teachers; and, maintains the Natural Resources Map & Bookstore and UGS Library.

Geologic Mapping Program

The Geologic Mapping Program maps Utah’s geology at scales of 1:24,000 (7.5 minute quadrangle maps) to 1:100,000 (regional maps). These maps and accompanying booklets describe stratigraphy, structure, Quaternary geology, geologic hazards, economic geology, ground-water resources, and scenic geologic resources. UGS geologic maps are used by geologists, government officials, industry representatives, and the public to better understand Utah’s geology, delineate the economic value and potential of property, and assess geologic hazards. The Paleontology Section maintains and publishes records of Utah’s fossil resources and provides paleontological and archaeological recovery services to state and local governments.

Groundwater Program

The Groundwater Program conducts studies of environmental change to aid resource management, evaluates the quantity and quality of Utah’s groundwater resources, and maintains the Utah Wetland Information Center (UWIC) which provides a broad spectrum of wetland-related resources from spatial data to outreach and educational materials.

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Division of Oil, Gas and Mining


The mission of the Utah Division of Oil, Gas and Mining is to regulate the exploration and development of coal, oil and gas, and other minerals in a manner which:

  • Encourages responsible reclamation and development
  • Protects correlative rights
  • Prevents waste
  • Protects human health and safety, the environment, and the interests of the state and its citizens
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Utah Mining Association


For over 100 years, the Utah Mining Association (UMA) has had the honor of representing an industry that is essential to everyone’s lifestyle and standard of living. As the beginning of the supply chain for everything we use and everything we do as a society, the mining industry has a great story to tell, and our association exists to tell that story.

Utah Mining Association’s Mission in Education

Since 1915, the Utah Mining Association’s voice and mission has been to promote and encourage education in mining and minerals to further the understanding of the role this critical industry and its products play in people’s lives, and to foster a spirit of community cooperation. The Utah Mining Association offers an ambitious, comprehensive education campaign that expands and enhances mining education in Utah.

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Breathe Utah


Breathe Utah has experience and expertise in scientific, medical, legal, and communications aspects of air quality in Utah. We seek real and practical solutions to Utah’s air quality problem. To accomplish this we increase awareness and engagement among youth and adults, implement projects to directly improve air quality, and promote sound policies.

Breathe Utah’s Education Programs - Breathe Utah believes education -- in schools, in the community, and in the halls of the Capitol -- is the key to solving our air quality. They engage our youths with science-based demonstrations to instigate a lifetime of informed actions and decisions.

Breathe Utah’s education program provides teachers with high quality lesson plans and activities for students grades kindergarten through high school, supporting Next Generation science standards.

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Utah Science Teachers Association


The Utah Science Teachers Association (UtSTA) is a group of educators with members ranging from elementary teachers, middle school teachers, and high school teachers to university professors and members of the science industry.

Its main goal is to better science education in the State of Utah. UtSTA regularly provides information, support, hands-on events, professional development, and more to Utah science teachers and their students. Once a year, in early February, UtSTA holds a conference for all K-12 teachers that provides them training and lessons plans bettering their teaching curriculum and general teaching ideas from technology and management to science fair and safety.
Also, throughout the year UtSTA offers many weekend opportunities for teachers and their families to participate in several science activities all over the State (hiking, bat collecting, star gazing, brine shrimp collecting, and museum access have been a few activities in the past).

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