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, September 13, 2021
    • Fri, November 05, 2021
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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 September 13, 2021.  Participants will have until November 5, 2021 to complete the course.

    Earning Credit: This course qualifiies 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.

    • Mon, September 20, 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Zoom

    Join us for our third Piedmont Section Book Club meeting! For our next book, we will discuss All the Colors We Will See: Reflections on Barriers, Brokenness, and Finding Our Way by Patrice Gopo.

    “Patrice Gopo grew up in Anchorage, Alaska, the child of Jamaican immigrants who had little experience being black in America. From her white Sunday school classes as a child, to her early days of marriage in South Africa, to a new home in the American South with a husband from another land, Patrice’s life is a testament to the challenges and beauty of the world we each live in, a world in which cultures overlap every day.

    In All the Colors We Will See, Patrice seamlessly moves across borders of space and time to create vivid portraits of how the reality of being different affects her quest to belong. In this poetic and often courageous collection of essays, Patrice examines the complexities of identity in our turbulent yet hopeful time of intersecting heritages. As she digs beneath the layers of immigration questions and race relations, Patrice also turns her voice to themes such as marriage and divorce, the societal beauty standards we hold, and the intricacies of living out our faith.

    With an eloquence born of pain and longing, Patrice’s reflections guide us as we consider our own journeys toward belonging, challenging us to wonder if the very differences dividing us might bring us together after all.”

    Click here to join our section's Good Reads page and RSVP at: https://forms.gle/Xtk5h6rNgEAEYDXK9

    • Sat, September 25, 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • McAdenville South Fork River Greenway

    Join EENC and Catawba River Keepers for a beautiful 1.5 mile guided kayak tour. We will paddle for 60- 90 minutes on slow moving water from McAdenville to Cramerton. A shuttle will take us back to McAdenville where we will have lunch at Spruced Goose, just a block from our launch area.

    When: Saturday, 9/25/21 10am-12pm

    Where: Kayaking at McAdenville South Fork River Greenway, 501 Lakeview Dr, McAdenville, NC 28101 with lunch afterwards at Spruced Goose, 118 Wesleyan Dr, McAdenville, NC 28101

    Cost: $20 per person for kayaking ($5 discount! See below for coupon code) 

    Who: EENC and non-EENC members ages 11+

    Covid considerations: A mask will be required (and provided if needed) for the shuttle. While kayaking, a mask is not required as long as participants are 6 feet apart.

    To register:   Go to https://www.simpletix.com/e/group-event-intro-to-kayaking-clinic-slow-tickets-77702    and add the promo code: EE2021 to get $5 off.

    BONUS: EENC members will also receive $5 to go towards their lunch! 

    Only 30 slots are available so register today!


    • Sun, September 26, 2021
    • 10:30 AM
    • The Historical Orchard at Altapass, 1025 Orchard Road Spruce Pine, NC 28777 Blue Ridge mile marker 328.3
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    Is there any better way to spend a fall day than apple picking in the mountains? Join the EENC Western section for a day of fall fun at The Historic Orchard at Altapass. This orchid is located on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Spruce Pine. It offers beautiful mountain views, activities for the entire family, and, of course-apples! Find more information about the orchard here.

    We will meet outside the general store at 10:30 and be transported out to the orchard at 11:00.

    Age/ability requirements: All ages welcome! 
    The only costs are what you'll pay directly to the orchard for apples and other goodies you plan to purchase.

    Please be sure to RSVP by registering here so we can get in touch in case of bad weather or and other event-related updates.

    Who to contact with questions: Libbie Dobbs-Alexander at edobbs@ncarboretum.org


    • Sun, October 03, 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 1:30 PM
    • Eastern 4-H Center (Columbia, NC - Tyrell County)

     Join Environmental Educators of North Carolina for a guided kayak paddle of Bull Bay & the Albemarle Sound at the Eastern 4-H Center. This will be a 2-3 hr paddle on the water with the opportunity to see birds and other coastal wildlife. All gear is provided, including kayaks, paddles, and PFD's. Tour led by Eastern 4-H Center staff. 

    Qualifies for NC EE Certification Criteria II or III hours. 

    Bring water, snacks, sunscreen, and optionally sunglasses/a hat. Also, bring a bagged lunch to enjoy after the paddle with the group. 

    Cost: $25/person EENC members; $30/person non-EENC members.  Save the date now!  Registration link coming soon.


    • Tue, October 12, 2021
    • Fri, October 15, 2021

    Learn from and network with environmental educators from all over the world at the upcoming North American Association for Environmental Education virtual conference!


    From NAAEE:

    "Our 2021 conference will bring together leaders, decision-makers, researchers, practitioners, teachers, and students from around the world. As we look back at the past fifty years and think ahead to the next fifty, we’ll explore how education can help navigate interlinked environmental, social, cultural, and political systems. Together, we will unpack and underscore how creating a more inclusive and equitable environmental movement is vital to a sustainable future, and we’ll reflect on the unparalleled benefits nature brings to our health, psyche, and capacity to thrive in a complex and changing world.

    The Annual Conference and Research Symposium will offer inspiring and thoughtful keynotes, a rich variety of workshops, symposia, traditional sessions, research panels, roundtable discussions, bright spots, and posters, along with great opportunities for networking, growth, and change. We look forward to connecting!"

    Learn more and register here.


    • Thu, October 21, 2021
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

    Would you say North Carolina has an abundance of clean water? We see rivers and streams from our mountains to our coast, but how healthy is it? What can you learn about the stream in your community just by looking around? This webinar will talk about the various features of North Carolina's River Basins and visual assessments you can do to educate yourself about the stream. NC Stream Watch is an excellent, stress free tool that can help you inspire a love for your stream with your students, family, or even yourself! The best part is that you can also see images of streams and rivers all over the state to learn about the diversity of our surface water here in NC!

    Presenter: Lauren Daniel
    Lauren Daniel coordinates Water Education Programs through the NC Division of Water Resources. She loves learning about water resource management and inspiring teachers to incorporate water education across their curriculum. Lauren's favorite thing to do is to look for macroinvertebrates and teach others about the features of NC water.

    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!

    • Wed, October 27, 2021
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • NHC Arboretum Auditorium, 6206 Oleander Dr. Wilmington, NC 28403

    Bring your own beverage and food for an engaging evening with your fellow environmental educators. We’ll get to know each other and dive into conversation about the following books. There is no cost.

    Wed. October 27

    A Life on Our Planet

    By David Attenborough

    In this scientifically informed account of the changes occurring in the world over the last century, award-winning broadcaster and natural historian shares a lifetime of wisdom and a hopeful vision for the future.


    • Wed, December 29, 2021
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • NHC Arboretum Auditorium, 6206 Oleander Dr. Wilmington, NC 28403

    Bring your own beverage and food for an engaging evening with your fellow environmental educators. We’ll get to know each other and dive into conversation about the following books. There is no cost.

    Wed. December 29

    Braiding Sweetgrass

    By Robin Wall Kimmerer

    As a botanist, Robin Wall Kimmerer has been trained to ask questions of nature with the tools of science. As a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, she embraces the notion that plants and animals are our oldest teachers. In Braiding Sweetgrass, Kimmerer brings these two lenses of knowledge together to take us on “a journey that is every bit as mythic as it is scientific, as sacred as it is historical, as clever as it is wise.


Past events

Thu, September 16, 2021 Better Communication through Improvisation (EENC Webinar)
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)

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Chapel Hill, NC 27515-4904

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