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

    • Thu, June 17, 2021
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (EDT)

    Did you know that disinfectants are classified as a pesticide by the EPA?  As you return to or expand in-person environmental education programming this summer, we know your top priority is keeping everyone safe. Before you grab that spray bottle, join the EPA pesticides team to learn about proper disinfectant use in the age of COVID-19.

    Presenters: Savannah Merritt and Rose Yeley
    Savannah Merritt is a Life Scientist with EPA Region 4, acting as the IPM Coordinator for the Region's pesticide program. She received her BSA and BSES from UGA in Agricultural Economics and Environmental Economics and Management. Her education experience is varied, from informal classroom instruction abroad to region-wide professional webinars.

    Rose Yeley is the Pollinator Protection Coordinator in the pesticides program at EPA Region 4.  Rose graduated from UK and received a BS in Environmental Science.  During her time at UK, she focused on outdoor education, leading hikes at Lexington parks and serving as an environmental education AmeriCorps member.

    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 members-only page - so if you're an EENC member and not able to attend during the scheduled time, no need to register!

    • Tue, June 22, 2021
    • 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM (EDT)
    • Zoom (Registration link in Description)

    Tuesday, June 22, 3:00–4:00 PM ET 

    This webinar walks you through key steps in involving young people in local investigations and civic action to improve their communities, including building sustained relationships with community partners. It demonstrates how to apply two complementary resources—Community Engagement: Guidelines for Excellence by NAAEE and Placemaking with Children and Youth: Participatory Practices for Planning Sustainable Communities(link is external) by the webinar presenters. Together, these guidebooks show you how to create ethical, inclusive partnerships between schools and local institutions; identify and implement participatory methods for students to investigate and address local needs; analyze and share results; and evaluate outcomes.

    This webinar focuses on partnership building and participatory processes for place-based learning and action. As examples, it features three projects:

    • Partnerships between classes in undergraduate environmental education and elementary and middle school classes in socioeconomically disadvantaged California schools, contributing to the restoration of uplands that feed into a tidal marsh, in one case, and to the transformation of an outdoor classroom, in the second case; and
    • A year-long process that brought elementary school classes in Colorado together with their city’s Department of Open Space and Mountain Parks to design an outdoor nature discovery zone on city land adjacent to school grounds.

    Register here.

    Louise Chawla is Professor Emerita in the Program in Environmental Design at the University of Colorado Boulder, and an active member of the university’s Community Engagement, Design and Research Center. Her research and publications focus on children and nature, children in cities, participatory design and planning with young people, and the development of committed action for the environment.

    Victoria Derr is Associate Professor of Environmental Studies at California State University Monterey Bay, where her teaching and research focus on the intersections between sustainable communities, place-based environmental education, and social justice, particularly in under-represented communities. In addition to the recent Placemaking book featured in this webinar, Dr. Derr is also editor with Yolanda Corona of the 2021 book Latin American Transnational Children and Youth: Experiences of Nature and Place, Culture and Care Across the Americas by Routledge Press.

    Kianni Ledezma holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies with a concentration in environmental education from California State University Monterey Bay. She currently works as an educator for NatureBridge’s Coastal Camp. Previously, she worked as a Naturalist Intern for San Mateo Outdoor Education and as a Garden Educator for Grant Union High School's Environmental Academy. She was a researcher in a participatory program at Los Árboles Middle School to engage youth in culturally relevant science and completed service learning with Regeneración: Pájaro Valley Climate Action Group and Return of the Natives.

    Mara Mintzer is a Co-Founder and Executive Director of Growing Up Boulder (GUB), Boulder, Colorado’s child- and youth-friendly city initiative. She presents and writes internationally on child-friendly cities and how to engage young people in community planning, including in her TEDx talk, “How Kids Can Help Design Cities(link is external),” which has been viewed more than 2.3 million times. Before GUB, Mintzer designed and implemented programs for socioeconomically disadvantaged children and families in New York and California.    

    eeINSPIRE: Sparking Innovation in Environmental Education

    EENC is a an Affiliate member of the NAAEE Affiliate Network
    • Mon, July 05, 2021
    • (EDT)
    • Fri, August 27, 2021
    • (EDT)
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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, September 09, 2021
    • (EDT)
    • Sat, September 11, 2021
    • (EDT)
    • Lutheridge, Arden, NC

    Join us for the 30th Annual Environmental Educators of North Carolina Conference at Lutheridge 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.

    EENC is hoping to hold an in-person conference, but 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.

    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! 

    Learn more at

Past events

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)
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)
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
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)
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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