Call for Proposals:
Regular Conference Sessions

Environmental Educators of North Carolina (EENC) invites you to submit a session proposal for the 30th annual conference. The EENC conference will be held Friday, September 10 - Saturday, September 11, 2021. The conference will be held at the Lutheridge Camp and Conference Center in Arden, NC. There will be pre-conference workshops, field trips, and experience on Thursday, September 9.

EENC is also hosting the annual Southeastern Environmental Education Alliance (SEEA) conference. Proposals from anyone in the southeast are welcome!

EENC is hoping to hold an in-person conference, but we are making all necessary arrangements to host a virtual conference if needed. Therefore, presenters must be able to present their proposed topic in-person or virtually. EENC will decide by July 1 if the conference will be held virtually to give everyone plenty of time to prepare.

Focus Areas

In 2021, we welcome all session ideas, but we are especially interested in presentations that address the following focus areas:

Schools and Environmental Education

Many schools are using environmental education to transform education and enhance student achievement. Session ideas for this topic may include:

  • Early childhood environmental education and nature preschools

  • Overcoming challenges associated with getting students outside

  • Elementary, middle and high school environmental education programs and partnerships to build the environmental education capacity at your school

  • Environmental education opportunities in colleges and universities

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

EENC strives to make our organization and environmental education more accessible and welcoming to all communities. There are a lot of other organizations doing the same and we encourage you to share your knowledge and experiences with others. Session ideas for this topic may include:

  • Making the case for equity and inclusion in environmental education

  • Deeper dives for skill building (ex: unpacking white supremacy culture)

  • Tools and resources to make your teaching more inclusive

  • Showcasing successful environmental education programs and partnerships grounded in equity

  • Re-imaging equity after the pandemic, to transform the EE field into a new way of being

Building Resiliency in Education

Many organizations experienced major changes in the wake of the COVID-19 virus, leading to discovery of ways to support each other and build resiliency within your organization. Session ideas for this topic may include:

  • Successful strategies for building your online presence

  • How to continue virtual education once in-person events resume

  • Tips and strategies for crisis communication and how to have difficult conversations

  • Using assessments and research to support your mission

  • Fundraising strategies and techniques

Connecting with Nature in Our Communities

Cultivating partnerships and providing universally accessible outdoor education experiences help connect people of all ages and backgrounds to nature. Session ideas for this topic may include:

  • Techniques for successfully partnering with organizations within your community

  • Developing outdoor programs that are inclusive and relevant to all audiences and provide equitable access

  • Creating and using parks and other green learning spaces in urban, suburban, and rural areas

  • Outdoor programs that build a sense of place and cultural relevance

  • Community Science programs that connect people to place

  • Do you love bears, bats, salamanders, plants, insects, etc.? Share your knowledge about a topic you love with others

Environmental Education Beyond Parks, Schools, and Museums

Lots of environmental education takes place outside of a school or an environmental education center. Session ideas for this topic may include:

  • Environmental education and agriculture

  • Environmental education and waste management

  • Outdoor adventure and environmental education

  • Land conservation and environmental education

Session Format Options

You may select either a 45- or 75-minute session. Sessions including an outdoor component should consider offering a longer session.

We do not have dedicated outdoor spaces that include a projector and screen, but we have access to lots of outdoor space if you would like to have your session outdoors. Please be aware that chairs, tables, power, and internet access will not be available outdoors.

Indoor rooms will be equipped with a PC laptop, projector, and screen.

Presenter Requirements

If your proposal is selected, all presenters will be required to register for the conference for at least the day of the presentation.

Presenters must register by the Early Bird deadline of July 16 or your session will be removed from the conference.

While EENC is planning for an in-person conference, presenters must be able to present virtually if we must pivot to a virtual format. 

EENC has scholarship funding available to help educators attend the conference. Our goal is to award all applicants some level of funding. Learn more about scholarships here

Tips for Preparing your Proposal

  • Provide enough detail about your session to give reviewers a clear picture of your session.

  • Avoid abbreviations and acronyms, which may not be familiar to reviewers or conference participants.

  • The Presentation Summary and the Presentation Descriptions both have character limits of 400 and 800, respectively. EENC reserves the right to edit your entries for length or clarity for publication.

  • You will not be able to save your responses or reenter the form to complete it.

  • If you wish to submit more than one proposal you will need to submit one form per proposal.

Submit your proposal using the form below. Proposals are due May 24. Using a mobile device? Open the form on a separate page hereOnce you submit your proposal, a copy of your proposal will be emailed to the address provided.

If you have any questions please contact Chris Goforth and Shannon Culpepper, EENC Conference Co-Chairs,

Environmental Educators of North Carolina

P.O. Box 4904
Chapel Hill, NC 27515-4904

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