EENC Events

EENC hosts several activities every year, including our annual conference and section events. The following calendar of events lists those sponsored or promoted by EENC.  Learn more about our professional development programs.

There are many other environmental education opportunities offered throughout the state that are not offered through EENC. Visit the NC Office of Environmental Education's event calendar to explore other opportunities!

Upcoming events

    • Mon, January 10, 2022
    • Fri, March 04, 2022
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    This course is designed to provide a strong foundation in the language, concepts and principles of equity work for environmental educators and environmental professionals.  It is meant to be an introductory course and spark interest in further learning around justice, equity, diversity and inclusion (JEDI). The main topics for the course include:

    • Foundations of communication for sensitive topics, including group agreements and nonviolent communication.

    • Developing a common language for discussing JEDI topics

    • Understanding historical intersections of the environmental movement with social justice topics, how those historical events might still be causing impacts today.

    • Understanding bias, stereotypes, and oppression

    • Reflecting on power and privilege that different identities afford, how that power and privilege manifests as microaggressions and how to use the power and privilege you had to develop a personal action plan.

    This course was developed through a partnership between Center for Diversity and the EnvironmentEcoInclusiveJustice Outside, Environmental Educators of North Carolina, Kansas Association for Conservation and Environmental Education, and Kentucky Association for Environmental Education.  

    Format: This is an asynchronous online course. 

    • All activities must be completed independently on your own time/schedule within the 8 week timeframe.  Actual time to complete the course will vary, but we estimate it will take approximately 15 hours.
    • We will provide a suggested timeline and periodic reminders to encourage timely completion of assignments.  While we want to be flexible, we also want these learning experiences to be meaningful and we think timely and periodic work in the courses will benefit participants more than trying to complete coursework at the last minute.
    • Coursework includes watching videos, reading articles, posting on forums and Padlet boards, and writing personal reflections.

    Cohort Timeline: This cohort will begin January 10, 2022.  Participants will have until March 7, 2022 to complete the course.

    Earning Credit: This course qualifies for 15 hours Criteria I Credit for EE Certification Program Enrollees, 10-hour maximum CE Credit for those already EE Certified.  For all other continuing education, you can earn 1.5 CEU's (15 hours)

    Registration: $30 for EENC members, $40 for general registration.  Sliding registration option also available.

    • Sat, January 29, 2022
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Prairie Ridge Ecostation / Raleigh OR Zoom

    The Central Section Nature Book Club is gearing up for an exciting 2022! Our first book is The Invention of Nature: Alexander Von Humboldt's New World by Andrew Wulf. Please email Stephanie at stephanieavett@gmail.com if you plan to attend, either in person or virtually.

    "The Invention of Nature" reveals the extraordinary life of the visionary German naturalist Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859) and how he created the way we understand nature today. Though almost forgotten today, his name lingers everywhere from the Humboldt Current to the Humboldt penguin.

    Wulf traces Humboldt’s influences through the great minds he inspired in revolution, evolution, ecology, conservation, art and literature. In The Invention of Nature Wulf brings this lost hero to science and the forgotten father of environmentalism back to life.

    • Mon, January 31, 2022
    • Fri, February 18, 2022
    • Online
    • 23
    Register

    Don’t Waste It! is an educator guide to waste management, recycling, composting, and waste reduction, which includes 11 lessons covering five themes: municipal solid waste, recycling, plastics, composting, and landfills. Don’t Waste It! is for both formal and non-formal educators with lessons for pre-K to 12th graders that can easily be adapted for adult audiences. Each lesson includes a group activity, independent practice, extensions, and additional activities. Build your solid waste and recycling content knowledge, get hands-on with the lessons, and receive a copy of Don’t Waste It! by completing the new virtual workshop!

    Workshop Goals:

    • Help current and future educators better understand the systems for municipal solid waste, landfills, material recovery facilities, recycling, and composting in our state.
    • Increase your confidence in teaching about solid waste and recycling topics.
    • Equip you with activities and resources to teach students about these topics.

    Format: This is an asynchronous online workshop. 

    • All activities must be completed independently on your own time/schedule within the 3 week timeframe.  Actual time to complete the course will vary, but we estimate it will take approximately 6 hours.
    • We will provide a suggested timeline and periodic reminders to encourage timely completion of assignments.  While we want to be flexible, we also want these learning experiences to be meaningful and we think timely and periodic work in the courses will benefit participants more than trying to complete coursework at the last minute.
    • Coursework includes watching videos, completing game-based activities and assessments, reading articles, posting on forums, and writing personal reflections.

    Timeline: This cohort will begin January 31, 2022.  Participants will have until February 18, 2022 to complete the course.

    Earning Credit: This course qualifies for 6 hours Criteria I or Continuing Education Credit for EE Certification Program Enrollees, and may qualify for 0.6 CEU's

    Registration: $10 for EENC members, $15 for general registration.  

    • Fri, February 04, 2022
    • 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Online
    • 24
    Register
    The demand for nature center employees and other environmental educators to convey information in a digital format is only getting stronger. Luckily, there are many easy and affordable ways for even the beginning filmmaker to create professional looking and dynamic content! Join ecoEXPLORE staff as they share the tips and tricks that they have learned to make their videos stand out. Topics will include writing, filming, and editing, the creation of animated sequences, and best practices for finding resources such as stock videos, images, and music. Following direct instruction, video examples and small group discussions, you will walk away with the skill set to create one-of-a-kind videos made specifically for your intended purposes!

    About the Facilitators: Jenna Kesgen and Andrew Dundas

    Jenna Kesgen is Creative Education Coordinator at the North Carolina Arboretum and has written, filmed and edited many videos for the ecoEXPLORE program. She received her master’s degree in environmental education at Southern Oregon University, and spent three years as a middle school science teacher in Buncombe County, NC before working for the Arboretum. She is currently earning her Digital Media Certification from AB Technical College.


    Andrew Dundas is a Creative Environmental Education Specialist at the North Carolina Arboretum and a recent graduate from the UNC Hussman School of Journalism and Media. His studies focused on visual communication, including the production of videos, websites and informational graphics. He has produced short documentaries and a growing number of educational videos.


    Suggested Pre Session Work:
    Please come to the workshop with a project in mind. After each section of the workshop you will have time to reflect on the new information and apply it to your project.

    Logistics: This workshop will be held on Zoom and is eligible for 2 hours of Criteria III/Continuing Ed for the NC EE Certification.

    21st Century EE Skills is a series of short workshops (2hours each) to help educators build the "other duties as assigned" that have now become integral to their jobs either as professional educators or program managers. These workshops go beyond an informational webinar, offering interactive, in-depth explorations of a single topic. This workshop series will be held by the Environmental Educators of North Carolina (EENC) in partnership with the North Carolina Association for Environmental Education Centers (NCAEEC).

    • Thu, February 17, 2022
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    Register
    Spring is sprung! Join the EPA to learn about how to keep your educational space pest free - from spring cleaning all the way through winter break! We'll cover cleaning products, antimicrobial pesticides, indoor air quality, and low toxicity pest management strategies for your classroom and educational gardens!


    Presenters: Rose Yeley and Savannah Merritt
    Rose Yeley and Savannah Merritt are Life Scientists with the Environmental Protection Agency Region 4 Pesticides Team in Atlanta, GA. Rose is the regional contact for the Mississippi Pesticide Program, pollinator protection program, Endangered Species program, and Tribal coordination. Savannah is the regional contact for the Georgia Pesticide Program, bed bugs, the Worker Protection Standard, and integrated pest management. Rose and Savannah co-lead pesticide outreach efforts for the region.

    Registration Information
    Webinar registration is free and open to anyone to attend, but is limited to 100 participants. Click here to register.

    Webinar will qualify for Criteria III and continuing education for NC DEQ EE Certificate.  

    A recording of the webinar will be sent to all registered participants afterward.  It will also be posted on EENC's Member Resources page - so if you're an EENC member and not able to attend during the scheduled time, no need to register!

    • Sat, March 05, 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Chimney Rock

    Join educators Christine Wittmeier, Environmental Programs Supervisor with Henderson County and Kat Scala, Education Specialist at Chimney Rock Park for a Don’t Waste It! workshop.  

    The Don’t Waste It! curriculum was designed to help current and future educators across the Southeast understand the systems for municipal solid waste, landfills, material recovery facilities, recycling and composting within their state.  Educators will be supplied with resources and lessons to share with students in hopes to inspire their local communities to revitalize land and reduce contamination.  

    Earn EE Certification credit for Criteria I

    As of now, the program will be held in person but is subject to change to a hybrid workshop.  This will be dependent on COVID numbers and protocol.  

    To register for the workshop, please click on the following link: https://www.chimneyrockpark.com/event-espresso/dont-waste-it/

    Contact Kat Scala with any questions.

    Developed by Chatham County Solid Waste and Recycling, Don’t Waste It! is expanding through the southeast.  The Southeastern Environmental Education Alliance (SEEA) was awarded an environmental education grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 2020. EENC is coordinating North Carolina's Don't Waste It! workshops as part of this project.


    • Fri, March 25, 2022
    • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • Online
    • 28
    Register

    We believe that high quality evaluation practices drive excellence in programming. And to have program excellence, evaluation should be culturally responsive. Journey with us to explore a framework for environmental education's culturally responsive, equitable evaluation guided by six core values: equity in motion, authentic engagement, deep curiosity, lifelong learning and critical reflection, high-quality evaluation, and collective evaluation. Then, we'll share NAAEE's new site, eeVAL! This site guides you through the journey of a culturally responsive and equitable evaluation (CREE) in environmental education. eeVAL is a site designed to work for anyone, whether you are new to evaluation or have years of experience, although our focus was the EE practitioner.


    About the Facilitators: Charlotte Clark, Karyl Askew, Jean Kayira, Libby McCann, and Kathryn Stevenson

    Charlotte Clark is an Associate Professor of the Practice at Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment. She recently completed two terms as Chair of the Board of the North American Association of Environmental Education, and leads a national effort to improve evaluation in the field of environmental education, funded by the Pisces Foundation. She is joined in that work by all the other presenters of this webinar. Karyl Askew is an evaluation consultant with her own business, Askew Consulting, specializing in culturally responsive and equitable evaluation. Jean Kayira and Libby McCann are core faculty at Antioch University New England, and also have strong evaluation expertise with a focus in culturally responsive and equitable evaluation. Kathryn Stevenson is an Associate Professor at North Carolina State University in the Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management, whose research includes evaluation of environmental education programs and practices.


    Logistics: This workshop will be held on Zoom and is eligible for 2 hours of Criteria III/Continuing Ed for the NC EE Certification.

    21st Century EE Skills is a series of short workshops (2hours each) to help educators build the "other duties as assigned" that have now become integral to their jobs either as professional educators or program managers. These workshops go beyond an informational webinar, offering interactive, in-depth explorations of a single topic. This workshop series will be held by the Environmental Educators of North Carolina (EENC) in partnership with the North Carolina Association for Environmental Education Centers (NCAEEC).

    • Fri, April 08, 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • New Hanover County Arboretum Auditorium 6206 Oleander Drive Wilmington, NC United States 28403
    • 15
    Register

    Don’t Waste It! is an environmental education program about waste management, recycling, composting, and waste reduction, which includes 11 lessons covering five themes: municipal solid waste, recycling, plastics, composting, and landfills. Each lesson includes a group activity, independent practice, extensions, and additional activities for K-Adult ages. The workshop will provide a base of knowledge needed to teach each lesson and run through many of the lessons. The registration cost includes the Don’t Waste It! Activity Guide. This is a Criteria I Workshop

    The workshop, hosted by Amy Renfranz, Program Coordinator for New Hanover Soil & Water Conservation District, will run April 8th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    Registration is required. Minimum 10, Maximum 15.

    Other Information:
    This workshop will include time outdoors. Be prepared for a leisurely pace up to 1 mile per day on relatively flat terrain. You will need to bring your own lunch, snacks, and beverages on each day, as there will not be time to leave the premises or have something delivered. You will also need to bring a notebook and pencil.

    In regard to COVID-19, we will be following the most up-to-date safety guidelines as required by the state. As things are constantly changing, you will hear from the facilitator about specific requirements as the date approaches.


Past events

Thu, January 20, 2022 Safe Passage: The I-40 Pigeon River Gorge Wildlife Crossing Project (EENC Webinar)
Wed, January 19, 2022 Empowering Student Action with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (Green Teacher Webinar)
Tue, January 18, 2022 EENC Community Call: EE and Adult Education
Mon, January 10, 2022 Piedmont Section Book Club - Gloryland
Fri, January 07, 2022 21EE Skills: Creating Inclusive Online Learning Opportunities
Sat, December 18, 2021 Behind the Scenes at WNC Nature Center (Western Section Event)
Thu, December 16, 2021 Citizen Artist: A New Participatory Science Research Platform (EENC Webinar)
Tue, December 14, 2021 Increasing Diversity in the Environmental Movement (NAAEE Affiliate Webinar)
Fri, December 03, 2021 21EE Skills: Fearless Fundraising - Planning for Resource Development Success in 2022
Tue, November 30, 2021 Online K-12 EE Guidelines for Excellence Workshop - Tuesday PM Section
Fri, November 19, 2021 Building an Organizational Equity Plan Workshop
Thu, November 18, 2021 Salamanders as Bioindicators of Stream Habitat Quality (EENC Webinar)
Tue, November 16, 2021 EENC Community Call: EE and Schools
Mon, November 15, 2021 Where the Crawdads Sing: Piedmont Book Club
Tue, November 09, 2021 Equity and Pedagogy Workshop
Wed, October 27, 2021 Eastern Book & Social Club: A Life on Our Planet (Eastern Section Event)
Thu, October 21, 2021 NC Stream Watch: Assessing stream health through visual observations (EENC Webinar)
Tue, October 12, 2021 NAAEE Conference
Wed, October 06, 2021 Harnessing Hydroponics: A Case for a System in Every Classroom (Green Teacher Webinar)
Sun, October 03, 2021 EENC Eastern Section Event Paddle
Sun, September 26, 2021 Applic Picking with EENC (Western Section Event)
Sat, September 25, 2021 Piedmont Section Guided Kayaking Tour & Lunch
Mon, September 20, 2021 Piedmont Book Club: "All the Colors We Will See" (Piedmont Section Event)
Thu, September 16, 2021 Better Communication through Improvisation (EENC Webinar)
Mon, September 13, 2021 Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in Environmental Education (Online Course)
Thu, September 09, 2021 2021 EENC Annual Conference and SEEA Conference
Mon, August 30, 2021 Board Nominations Virtual Open House
Thu, August 26, 2021 Eastern Book & Social Club: The Overstory (Eastern Section Event)
Tue, August 24, 2021 EENC Community Call: Drafting Plans During Delta
Thu, August 19, 2021 Venomous Snakes of the Carolinas (EENC Webinar)
Sun, July 18, 2021 Nature Book Club - The Lost Art of Reading Nature's Signs (Central Section Event)
Thu, July 15, 2021 Creating Animated Videos Like a Pro: It’s easier than you think! (EENC Webinar)
Mon, July 12, 2021 Piedmont Book Club: "Becoming Odyssa Adventure on the Appalachian Trail" (Piedmont Section Event)
Wed, July 07, 2021 Paddle Robertson Millpond (Central Section Event)
Wed, July 07, 2021 eeWORKS: Demonstrating the Power of Environmental Education (NAAEE Affiliate Webinar)
Mon, July 05, 2021 Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in Environmental Education (Online Course)
Wed, June 30, 2021 Eastern Book & Social Club: Isaac's Storm (Eastern Section Event)
Tue, June 22, 2021 Communities Grow Greener When Young People Have a Voice: Building Alliances for Place-Based Learning and Civic Action (NAAEE Affiliate Webinar)
Thu, June 17, 2021 An Introduction to Disinfectants for Educators (EENC Webinar)
Tue, June 08, 2021 EENC Community Call: Gearing Up For Summer Open Space
Fri, June 04, 2021 K-12 Environmental Education Guidelines for Excellence Workshop (Monroe)
Sun, May 23, 2021 Nature Book Club - The Bird Way (Central Section Event)
Sat, May 22, 2021 Pink Beds + Cradle of Forestry Guided Hike (Western Section Event)
Sat, May 22, 2021 Greenfield Lake Kayak Paddle (Eastern Section Event)
Thu, May 20, 2021 Environmental Justice in EE (EENC Webinar)
Mon, May 10, 2021 Piedmont Book Club: "The Home Place" (Piedmont Section Event)
Fri, April 30, 2021 City Nature Challenge
Thu, April 15, 2021 Grant Writing 101 (EENC Webinar)
Mon, April 12, 2021 EENC Community Call: Post-Pandemic Staffing
Wed, April 07, 2021 The Food Matters Action Kit & Activity Guide for Educators (Green Teacher Webinar)
Wed, March 31, 2021 Online Professional Development Guidelines for Excellence Workshop - Weds AM Section
Sun, March 28, 2021 Nature Book Club - Weeds (Central Section Event)
Thu, March 18, 2021 Theories of Change for Environmental Education Programs (EENC Webinar)
Wed, March 17, 2021 Getting Your Board on Board With Fundraising (NAAEE Affiliate Webinar)
Fri, March 12, 2021 Online K-12 Environmental Education Guidelines for Excellence Workshop - Friday AM Section
Wed, March 10, 2021 STEAM Based Learning: Building Renewable Energy Technologies (Green Teacher Webinar)
Thu, February 25, 2021 Critical Questions for Program Design During Covid-19 (NAAEE Webinar)
Thu, February 18, 2021 Opportunities, Barriers, Strategies towards Inclusion (Green Teacher Webinar)
Thu, February 18, 2021 Creating Interactive Virtual Presentations: Making the Most of Google Slides (EENC Webinar)
Wed, February 17, 2021 Empowering Youth Voices on Climate Change Policy (Green Teacher Webinar)
Wed, February 10, 2021 Preparing for Extreme Weather at Your School (Green Teacher Webinar)
Tue, February 09, 2021 Online K-12 Environmental Education Guidelines for Excellence Workshop - Tuesday AM Section
Fri, February 05, 2021 EENC Community Call
Wed, February 03, 2021 The Plastic Problem and What We Can Do About It (Green Teacher Webinar)
Sun, January 31, 2021 Nature Book Club - Eager (Central Section Event)
Wed, January 13, 2021 Small Marvels: Reflective Writing to Understand Place and Equity (NAAEE Webinar)

Environmental Educators of North Carolina

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

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