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, July 05, 2021
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    • Fri, August 27, 2021
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    Please note: registration for this course is currently full! Please join the waitlist.  Depending on interest, we may add an additional cohort.

    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 EnvironmentEcoInclusiveYouth 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 10-15 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.

    Limited to 30 students per cohort. 

    Cohort Timeline: This cohort will begin July 5, 2021.  Participants will have until August 27, 2021 to complete the course.

    Eligible for 10+ hours of Criteria I or continuing education credit for the NC DEQ EE Certificate.

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

    • Thu, August 19, 2021
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (EDT)

    Venomous snakes have always fascinated and caused great fear to humans but these creatures are actually normally quite gentle and shy unless provoked into defending themselves. In this program we’ll discuss the various species of venomous snakes found in both North and South Carolina, their natural history and distribution in the wild, facts and myths about them, snakebite, and what to do when they are encountered in the wild. In addition, participants will gain a better understanding of and learn basic identification skills concerning these very misunderstood and feared reptiles.

    Presenter: Carlton Burke
    Carlton Burke is a naturalist and educator who operates Carolina Mountain Naturalists, an educational service which offers wildlife and nature educational programs primarily in western North Carolina. He also was on the staff of the western North Carolina Nature Center in Asheville for over 25 years as the Curator of Exhibits. Carlton also co-hosts a weekly radio program NATURE NEWS and is also a NC state and federally licensed wildlife rehabilitator.

    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 attendees 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!

    • Thu, August 26, 2021
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM (EDT)
    • 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.

    Thurs. August 26

    The Overstory: A Novel

    By Richard Powers

    From the roots to the crown and back to the seeds, Richard Powers’ twelfth novel unfolds in concentric rings of interlocking fables that range from antebellum New York to the late twentieth-century Timber Wars of the Pacific Northwest and beyond. There is a world alongside ours—vast, slow, interconnected, resourceful, magnificently inventive, and almost invisible to us. This is the story of a handful of people who learn how to see that world and who are drawn up into its unfolding catastrophe.


    • Thu, September 09, 2021
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    • Sat, September 11, 2021
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    • Lutheridge Camp and Conference Center
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    Join us for the 30th Annual Environmental Educators of North Carolina Conference at Lutheridge Camp and Conference Center in Arden, NC from Friday, September 10 to Saturday, September 11, 2021.  This will also be the Southeastern Environmental Education Alliance (SEEA) regional conference. The 7th annual Research Symposium will be held on Saturday, September 11. Plan ahead now for pre-conference workshops, field trips, and more on Thursday, September 9.

    Enjoy a conference full of professional development, networking, learning, and field experiences that will help you expand your knowledge of EE and resources in NC and beyond! 

    Lutheridge Camp and Conference Center is located at 2511 Hendersonville Road, Arden, NC 28704. 

    Learn more at www.eenc.org/conference


    • Thu, September 16, 2021
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (EDT)

    So much of environmental education involves thinking on your feet. From building connections with students on the first day, to tailoring your teaching tactics to your learners, to responding professionally to those teachable moments. This Improvisation webinar will help you to explore how you show up in the moment. Creative processes will be used to learn new ways to improve your innate communication style with confidence. No experience is needed.

    Presenter: John Cane
    As a strengths-based, positive psychology Integrative Wellness Coach, John’s focus is on helping others get from where they are to where they want to be for a more satisfying and fulfilling life.  With a solid background in psychological research and acting training, John uses a simple and direct approach in helping others achieve their true potential. John works side-by-side with clients for an overall objective to solidify a goal, explore the situation, develop multiple potential options/solutions, and to help his clients make decisive personal choices for taking action. John has the experience and insight to develop and present his workshops on Self-Esteem, Communication, Professionalism, Business Etiquette, Personal Performance and Reducing Stress in everyday life.

    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!

    • Mon, September 20, 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM (EDT)
    • 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 to RSVP for the next book club meeting!

    RSVP: https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/1163072-eenc-piedmont-section-book-club


    • Wed, October 27, 2021
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM (EDT)
    • 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 (EST)
    • 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

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)
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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