EENC Events

EENC hosts several activities every year, including our annual conference and section events. The following events are those sponsored or promoted by EENC.

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

    • 28 Sep 2020
    • (EDT)
    • 31 Dec 2020
    • (EST)
    • Virtual
    Register

    If you were unable to join us live for the 2020 EENC Conference, we are offering an extended registration through December 31, 2020. The extended registration will give you access to the recordings of all sessions, the keynote, the Research Symposium, and the EENC membership meeting. 

    For more details on what was included in the conference, visit our 2020 Conference page

    QUESTIONS

    If you have any questions, please contact the Conference Co-Chairs, Shannon Culpepper and Trent Stanforth, at eencconferences@gmail.com.


    • 01 Dec 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (EST)

    Whether teaching a lesson, leading a hike, or playing a game, your group has the most fun and opportunity for engagement if there is a sense of order and direction. Learn some tricks of the trade for guiding both children and adults to a higher plane of experience.

    Presenter: Mir Youngquist-Thurow
    Mir Youngquist-Thurow is the Environmental Education Director at the Agapé Center for Environmental Education. Mir has a BA in Biology and Education and a MA in Environmental Education. She taught high school biology, physiology, and chemistry for three years. She has 37 years of experience serving as a naturalist in a state park and three outdoor ministry locations. Mir has developed two successful environmental education programs: Lutherlyn Environmental Education Program (LEEP) in Pennsylvania and ACE Education in North Carolina.


    About the EENC Webinar Series
    Thanks to our amazing donors this spring, EENC is launching a fall webinar series to help environmental educators continue to build skills during the COVID pandemic. Throughout the series, we hope to cover a wide range of topics. Webinars may focus on lesson plans, curricula development, technology and virtual learning, naturalist skills/knowledge, educator self-care or environmental education operations such as communications, strategic planning for your program/department, risk management, or equity and inclusion.

    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 attendees afterward.  It will also be posted on EENC's members-only page - so if you're an EENC member and not able to attend during the scheduled time, no need to register!


    • 09 Dec 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (EST)

    If you have found yourself asking questions like, "Why is this item recyclable, but not that one? Why is this item accepted in my recycling program, but not others? Why do the rules change? Are items I put in the bin actually getting recycled?" then this webinar is for you! This presentation will provide attendees with answers to all of the above questions while providing a foundation of knowledge about recycling. Attendees will also learn about where to find reliable data and answers, along with educational resources. Build your own knowledge so you can better teach others!

    Presenter: Shannon Culpepper
    Shannon Culpepper, MPA, is the Recycling & Education Specialists with Chatham County Solid Waste & Recycling. She has over 10 years of solid waste and environmental education experience. She also created a new solid waste curriculum guide for educators that will soon be expanding through the southeast called Don't Waste It!


    About the EENC Webinar Series
    Thanks to our amazing donors this spring, EENC is launching a fall webinar series to help environmental educators continue to build skills during the COVID pandemic. Throughout the series, we hope to cover a wide range of topics. Webinars may focus on lesson plans, curricula development, technology and virtual learning, naturalist skills/knowledge, educator self-care or environmental education operations such as communications, strategic planning for your program/department, risk management, or equity and inclusion.

    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 attendees afterward.  It will also be posted on EENC's members-only page - so if you're an EENC member and not able to attend during the scheduled time, no need to register!

    • 12 Dec 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM (EST)
    • Anne McCrary Park, Wilmington, NC

    Socialize and network with other local environmental educators while learning new, proven techniques for teaching outdoors!

    Making observations is key for scientists to better understand the natural world. This mini-workshop will teach participants scientific observation skills that can be used to deepen engagement, curiosity, wonder, and connection in nature among students. Activities are student-focused and based on BEETLES Project (Better Environmental Education, Teaching, Learning & Expertise Sharing) sessions. Workshop led by Amy Renfranz, EENC President, and Marissa Blackburn, EENC Eastern Section Chair. Can be used towards NC EE Certification Criteria II or III.

    FREE. Limited to 12 participants. Workshop will be held outdoors, social distancing guidelines will be followed, and face masks will be required. Bring a bagged lunch/snack. Must pre-register by Wed. 12/9. Email eenceastern@gmail.com for questions and to register.

    • 17 Dec 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (EST)

    It is difficult to know where we are going, as a culture, as a world, as individuals, as a species if we do not first understand where we are physically. In this age of social media identity and disconnection from the land, many of us have sadly forgotten both our placed-ness and our creaturely-ness. Furthermore, in this season of Covid-19, we are also displaced from many of our human and non-human social communities. We are perhaps not daily aware of this grief, but it shapes all our interactions with this wild and precious world of which we are a part. Reconnecting to the literal ground beneath our feet, and the cycles flowing in and around us can be a critical first step towards a deeper kind of knowing and respecting and tending.

    This workshop is geared towards both formal and informal educators who wish to invite their students, learners, friends, and colleagues of all ages into uniquely-contextualized ecological and cultural exploration. We will use embodied practices that can calm our nervous systems, reset our breath, and help us find our way in the midst of much frantic energy. Come join us while we learn the nature of our watersheds, where we are in the lunar calendar at any given moment, and the names of native species all around us as part of a deeper step into health and wholeness! Part contemplative exercise, part warm invitation into wonder, this session is about the posture with which we approach teaching connectedness and curiosity, and the ways we care for our own beings.

    Presenter: Emma Childs
    Held by the embrace of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Emma Childs is learning to make home in Black Mountain, NC, just a hop, skip, and a jump away from where she grew up in Asheville. She has spent the last 10 years exploring the deep connections between spirituality, ecology, farming, food systems, and community health. As a gardener and an informal educator, she is especially interested in the ways that learning rooted in open eyes and hands in the soil, delighting in our particular places can shift our understanding of climate change from abstract and overwhelming to relevant and personal, led not by fear, but by love for our human and non-human neighbors, and the beautiful global ecosystem of which we are a part.


    About the EENC Webinar Series
    Thanks to our amazing donors this spring, EENC is launching a fall webinar series to help environmental educators continue to build skills during the COVID pandemic. Throughout the series, we hope to cover a wide range of topics. Webinars may focus on lesson plans, curricula development, technology and virtual learning, naturalist skills/knowledge, educator self-care or environmental education operations such as communications, strategic planning for your program/department, risk management, or equity and inclusion.

    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 attendees afterward.  It will also be posted on EENC's members-only page - so if you're an EENC member and not able to attend during the scheduled time, no need to register!

Past events

20 Nov 2020 EENC Webinar - Playing Out: Outdoor Playful Inquiry for All Ages
12 Nov 2020 EENC Webinar - Building an Inclusive Environmental Podcast
05 Nov 2020 Online Professional Development Guidelines for Excellence Workshop - PM Section
04 Nov 2020 EENC Webinar - Inclusion 101
02 Nov 2020 Online Professional Development Guidelines for Excellence Workshop - AM Section
13 Oct 2020 NAAEE Annual Conference
07 Oct 2020 Carolina Beach State Park Biological Plant Hike (Eastern Section Event)
06 Oct 2020 Online K-12 Environmental Education Guidelines for Excellence Workshop - Evening Section
06 Oct 2020 Building an Active and Engaged Public: Discourse, Media Literacy, and Civic Education (NAAEE Webinar)
26 Sep 2020 Jordan Lake Paddle Excursion (Central Section Event)
24 Sep 2020 2020 SEEA Annual Conference
22 Sep 2020 A New Guide to Help You Assess Connection to Nature (NAAEE Webinar)
18 Sep 2020 2020 EENC Conference- ComunitEE: Together for A Better World
17 Sep 2020 Virtual Science Trivia (Pre-Conference Event!)
16 Sep 2020 Nature-Based Biology Activities from a Distance (Green Teacher Webinar)
10 Sep 2020 Design Principles for Online EE Programs (NAAEE Webinar)
02 Sep 2020 EENC Webinar - EE, the 5Es, and Evaluation: How does it all work?
02 Sep 2020 Online K-12 Environmental Education Guidelines for Excellence Workshop - AM Section
27 Aug 2020 Thinking Outside: How Nature-based Education Can Help Schools Reopen Safely (NAAEE Webinar)
26 Aug 2020 Using a school-community partnership to cut Greenhouse gases (Green Teacher Webinar)
25 Aug 2020 EENC Webinar - Photography 101: Take Better Pictures
21 Aug 2020 EENC Webinar - African-American Outdoor Experiences
20 Aug 2020 Navigating Difficult Conversations: Strategies for Engaging Students in Social Issue Discussions, Part II (NAAEE Webinar)
14 Aug 2020 Perseid Meteor Shower Camp-Out (Central Section Event)
13 Aug 2020 EENC Webinar - Leave No Trace Awareness
12 Aug 2020 Online K-12 Environmental Education Guidelines for Excellence Workshop - PM Section
12 Aug 2020 Online K-12 Environmental Education Guidelines for Excellence Workshop - AM Section
07 Aug 2020 EENC Community Call: Looking Back at Summer, Looking Forward to Fall
06 Aug 2020 Navigating Difficult Conversations: Creating an Environment for Social Issue Discussions, Part I (NAAEE Webinar)
05 Aug 2020 EENC Webinar - Getting Your Ducks in a Row: Organizing!
31 Jul 2020 EENC Community Call: Rethinking Revenue
28 Jul 2020 EENC Webinar - Small-Scale Rainwater Harvesting
24 Jul 2020 EENC Webinar - Effective Group Management for Today's Students
22 Jul 2020 EENC Community Call: Graphic Design
16 Jul 2020 The Circular Economy: Creating the World We Want (NAAEE Webinar)
16 Jul 2020 EENC Webinar - Communication Skills
15 Jul 2020 EENC Community Call: Centering Equity and EE
09 Jul 2020 EENC Community Call: EE Leaders
08 Jul 2020 Creative Solutions in Our Time of Crisis (Green Teacher Webinar)
08 Jul 2020 EENC Webinar - An unknown world of small creatures: discovering overlooked biodiversity in North Carolina
30 Jun 2020 EENC Webinar - Jumping into the Deep End of Video Production
26 Jun 2020 EENC Webinar - EE During COVID-19: How to Find and Promote Resources and Professional Development
23 Jun 2020 Communicating in Times of Great Change (NAAEE Webinar)
23 Jun 2020 EENC Community Call: Centering Equity and EE
18 Jun 2020 EENC Webinar - Going Virtual: Learning From The 2020 North Carolina Science Festival
17 Jun 2020 EENC Community Call: In-Person Programming/Events and Social Distancing
11 Jun 2020 Online K-12 Environmental Education Guidelines for Excellence Workshop - PM Section
11 Jun 2020 A Shared Narrative in COVID-19 and Beyond (Rethink Outside Webinar)
11 Jun 2020 Online K-12 Environmental Education Guidelines for Excellence Workshop - AM Section
10 Jun 2020 EENC Webinar - Social Media: What's the Point and How to Use It
10 Jun 2020 EENC Community Call: Alternatives to a Traditional Field Trip Model
04 Jun 2020 EENC Piedmont Virtual Happy Hour (Piedmont Section Event)
02 Jun 2020 EENC Webinar - Show me the Door: A lesson on communicating boundaries
29 May 2020 EENC Community Call: Creating Online EE Content
28 May 2020 Centering Equity in EE's COVID Response (NAAEE Webinar)
27 May 2020 EENC Western Section Virtual Happy Hour (Western Section Event)
22 May 2020 EENC Community Call: Summer Camp 2020
20 May 2020 EENC Community Call: Working Parents in EE
19 May 2020 Nature as Inspiration and Transformation: An Intro to Nature Poetry (NAAEE Webinar)
15 May 2020 EENC Community Call: Distance Learning
12 May 2020 How Do We Find Good in the Bad Times? Nurturing Nature in the Time of COVID (NAAEE Webinar)
05 May 2020 Connecting to the Latino Community in the Age of COVID-19 (NAAEE Webinar)
30 Apr 2020 Communicate Like a Leader: 7 Guidelines For a Story of Disruption (NAAEE Webinar)
29 Apr 2020 Indigenous Arts and Sciences: Connecting STEM to Indigenous Science (Green Teacher Webinar)
22 Apr 2020 Earth Day - 50th Anniversary
20 Apr 2020 Fundraising in Uncertain Times (NAAEE Webinar)
16 Apr 2020 Plugged In: A Practical Guide to Moving Place-Based Learning Online (NAAEE Webinar)
16 Apr 2020 EE Program Leaders and COVID-19 Call
09 Apr 2020 Webinar on Webinars (NAAEE Webinar)
08 Apr 2020 The Joy of Garden-Based Education (Green Teacher Webinar)
08 Apr 2020 EE Community and COVID-19 Call
02 Apr 2020 EE Program Leaders and COVID-19 Call
01 Apr 2020 The Art and Science of Teaching Climate Change (Green Teacher Webinar)
27 Mar 2020 EE Community and COVID-19 Call
17 Mar 2020 EE Community Response and COVID-19 Call
12 Mar 2020 Approaches and Tools to Build an Inclusive Workplace and Movement, Part II (NAAEE Webinar)
05 Mar 2020 Science Trivia Night (Central Section Event)
28 Feb 2020 Teachable Moments Chimney Rock Field Trip (Western Section/AEE Southeast Event)
26 Feb 2020 Sip and Learn, The Fungimentals (Western Section Event)
26 Feb 2020 Owl Safari (Central Section Event)
24 Feb 2020 EE Program Leader Meeting - for EENC Members Only!
13 Feb 2020 Red Wolf Education Center Tour (Eastern Section Event)
12 Feb 2020 Approaches and Tools to Build and Inclusive Workplace and Movement (NAAEE Webinar)
29 Jan 2020 EENC Nature Book Club (Central Section Event)
25 Jan 2020 Culturally Relevant EE - Greensboro

Environmental Educators of North Carolina

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

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