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, October 24, 2022
    • Sun, December 18, 2022
    • 13

    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 October 24, 2022.  Participants will have until December 18, 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.

    • Mon, November 07, 2022
    • Sun, December 18, 2022
    • 7
    Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a framework to guide the design of learning environments that are accessible and challenging for all, rather than making modifications for individual students’ needs. This course will encourage you to reflect deeply on your practice to focus on how you plan and teach, not just the content you teach.  Whether you’re a classroom teacher or outdoor nonformal educator, are an experienced professional or just getting started in the field, and are new to inclusion or have been leading inclusive programming for years, we hope this course will inspire you to strengthen your pedagogical practices so they are more welcoming, inclusive and accessible for all learners. Focus areas include:
    • Understanding the principles of Universal Design for Learning
    • Describing terms, techniques, tools, and resources to promote inclusivity and access to better serve diverse populations, specifically those with learning differences, physical accessibility needs, and language barriers
    • Evaluating your current teaching practices/pedagogy and your setting to identify barriers to participation
    • Applying the principles of universal design for learning to your pedagogical practices to redesign a lesson, activity, or program

    This course content was designed by Michelle Silvers of Silver’s Lining PLLC, Estrella Risinger with the Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education, Michelle Pearce and Lauren Pyle with the Environmental Educators of North Carolina, with contributions from Rebekah Jones and the Cooper Center for Environmental Learning.

    Format: This is an asynchronous online course. 

    • All activities must be completed independently on your own time/schedule within the 6 week timeframe.  Actual time to complete the course will vary, but we estimate it will take approximately 10 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 November 7, 2022.  Participants will have until December 18, 2022 to complete the course.

    Earning Credit: This course qualifies for 10 hours Criteria III Credit for EE Certification Program Enrollees, 10-hour maximum CE Credit for those already EE Certified.  For all other continuing education, you can earn 1.0 CEU's (10 hours)

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

    • Sun, December 04, 2022
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Blue Jay Point County Park / 3200 Pleasant Union Church Rd / Raleigh

    Central Section Nature Book Club - The Puma Years

    Date: Sunday, December 4, 2022

    Time: 11:30am - 1:00pm

    Where: Blue Jay Point County Park / 3200 Pleasant Union Church Rd / Raleigh

    The Central Section Nature Book Club invites you to join us for a discussion of The Puma Years: A Memoir by Laura Coleman. Please email Chris at thedragonflywoman@gmail.com if you plan to attend. We'll be meeting at Blue Jay Point just before the GrEEn Holiday Crafting event.

    Organized By: Stephanie Avett & Chris Goforth


    • Sun, December 04, 2022
    • 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Blue Jay Point County Park / 3200 Pleasant Union Church Rd / Raleigh

    GrEEn Holiday Crafting

    Date: Sunday, December 4, 2022

    Time: 1:00 – 3:30pm

    Where: Blue Jay Point County Park / 3200 Pleasant Union Church Rd / Raleigh

    GrEEn Holiday Crafting is an annual gathering of Environmental Educators of North Carolina Central Section members and prospective members. What to expect? First of all, a fun, relaxing afternoon with other EENC members and some yummy snacks! Second of all, enjoy a variety of free crafting activities led by other EENC members. If you can, please bring the following items:

    • A holiday snack to share
    • Snips of greenery or sturdy herbs
    • Metal Bottle caps (in decent condition)

    Everything else you need will be provided! RSVP at the link --> HERE

    Organized By: Kelly Hendrix


    • Thu, December 08, 2022
    • 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

    In partnership with:

    • NCSU Extension Forestry
    • Environmental Educators of North Carolina
    • NC Association of Environmental Education Centers
    • NC Museum of Natural Sciences

    Register here online.

    • Fri, December 09, 2022
    • 6:30 PM
    • 5000 Whitewater Center Parkway Charlotte, NC 28214

    We hope that you will join us for a fun, family-friendly evening meet-up of holiday lights at the U.S. National Whitewater Center Friday, December 9th at 6:30PM!

    Admission is free and there is a small fee for parking. 

    Email our Piedmont Section Chair if you think you will make it out: piedmont@eenc.org
    • Sat, December 10, 2022
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • WNC Nature Center 75 Gashes Creek Road Asheville, NC 28805
    • 15
    Register


    See the WNC Nature Center like never before, behind the scenes!  The tour includes learning about how we feed and care for the animals (including the predators, such as the mountain lion), an animal enrichment session, and exclusive interactions with the keepers that care for our animals.

    This tour is for ages 14 and up. Masks are required in sensitive animal areas.

    Max participants: 15

    Cost: $10.00/attendee

    • Tue, December 13, 2022
    • 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    • Zoom

    The Department of Public Instruction is seeking input on the first draft of the revised K-12 Science Standards. EENC and the NC Office of Environmental Education and Public Affairs would like to invite you to a working session to discuss this first draft of these standards as they relate to environmental education.

    During this session, we'll review the new draft standards, explore the proposed changes that relate to environmental education, and then leverage your expertise to create some shared notes. This will be a collaborative conversation, so come ready to discuss!

    The day will be divided into blocks, with each block of time dedicated to focusing on a set of grade levels.  

    • 9:00-10:30 - Working Group for Grades K-2
    • 10:30-11:00 - Break
    • 11:00-12:30 - Working Group for Grades 3-5
    • 12:30-1:00 - Break
    • 1:00-2:30 - Working Group for Grades 6-8
    • 2:30-3:00 - Break
    • 3:00-4:30 - Working Group for High School

    Come for a single working group block or the whole day!  And if you cannot attend but would like to see other environmental educators' comments before you submit your individual survey response, go ahead and register for the event so you receive a copy of the shared notes.

    Register for this working session here.

    EENC has put together a survey preview of all the draft standards. Please review these before attending. 

    After this meeting, be sure to submit your responses to the Draft #1 K-12 Science Standards All Stakeholder Survey individually by December 18 - whether you can participate in this meeting or not. It is important that they hear from as many individuals on a topic as possible.   

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    We strongly recommend you attend the Annual Nonformal Educators' Meeting on December 8 to learn more directly from DPI about the revision process before you attend this December 13 working session.  Register for that event separately

    • Tue, January 24, 2023
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • 21
    Register

    While this workshop will be focused on birding programs and activities, all of the content is transferable to the multitude of other programs an EE Center or Environmental Educator might provide. During this presentation and workshop,  participants will learn exactly who the Birdability audience is and how to find them. They will learn what accessibility REALLY looks like and get instructions on using the amazing Birdability Map. They will learn the steps to implement Birdability in their locales and learn ways to be a more welcoming and inclusive birder. Finally, they will learn about resources for birders with accessibility challenges because birding is for everybody and *every* body! 

    About the Facilitator: Virginia Rose

    Virginia rose was paralyzed in a horseback-riding accident almost 50 years ago, and she has used a manual wheelchair ever since. She began birding 20 years ago and saw no other disabled birders on the trails. She founded Birdability four years ago to share the joys of birding with people who have disabilities and other health concerns and to ensure that birding locations are physically accessible and birding communities are welcoming and inclusive. Birdability became a 501c3 ten months ago and is based in the US but with a global reach.

    LEARN MORE ABOUT BIRDABILITY

    www.birdability.org

    LIKE AND FOLLOW

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/birdability/

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/birdability/

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/Birdability

    YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/birdability

    Logistics:
    This onlinr workshop is limited to 25 participants.  

    This workshop will be eligible for 3 hours of Criteria III/Continuing Ed for the NC EE Certification.

    Cancellation:

    Registration for this workshop may be canceled up until 7 days before the official start date for a full refund, minus a $10 cancellation fee, by emailing director@eenc.org. No refunds will be offered for cancellations after July 23.

    • Sat, January 28, 2023
    • 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Merchant's Millpond State Park
    • 50
    Register


    Join EENC for its first-ever “UnConference” at the stunning Merchants Millpond State Park on January 28th!

    What is an UnConference? A loosely structured conference emphasizing the informal exchange of information and ideas between participants, rather than following a conventionally structured, hierarchical program of events. Participants will be asked to self-identify skills and knowledge that they wish to share with others and a schedule will be determined in real-time based on submissions! This year’s theme is “Teach & Learn: How I Do It.”

    Registration includes lunch (gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan options available) from nearby “Julia’s Subs & More.” 

    Located in Gates County 10 miles south of North Carolina's northeastern border with Virginia, Merchants Millpond State Park centers on a 760-acre millpond more than 190 years old. Hiking the surrounding trails or paddling the placid, shallow waters of the pond offer a great way to explore this wetland environment. Old-growth cypress trees adorned with Spanish moss create an "enchanted forest," particularly at Lassiter Swamp. Visitors have even spotted the American alligator here, at the northernmost point of its range. 

    Read more about Merchants Millpond State Park.The event will take place in the park’s indoor visitor center auditorium and classroom, with some breakout sessions occurring in outdoor spaces (weather depending). Pathways to and from the park’s visitor center are paved and are ADA accessible. The nearby Cypress Point Trail (gravel) is also ADA accessible. Though there is a certain amount of spontaneity to an UnConference, we will aim for the range of activities to be accessible to varying levels of fitness levels and abilities. Male and female restrooms are available. A gender neutral restroom is available upon request (please indicate in your registration submission).

    Recommended Accommodations (on your own): 

    Supplementary Activity - Make It a Two Day Trip!

    NC DEQ Earth, Air, and Water: Science Educators Workshop on January 27th!

    • Where: Merchants Millpond State Park, using the classroom (30 people), Auditorium (70 people), and outdoor spaces

    • When: 9:30 am to 4:30 pm, Friday, January 27, 2023, in conjunction with the EENC UnConference

    • Cost: Free, maximum attendance 60, minimum attendances 10

    • Who: The workshop will be focused on classroom teachers. We will provide the resources to the teachers that school administrators need to give continuing education credit. The workshop will also be eligible for Criteria II credit from the North Carolina Environmental Educator Certification run through the NC Office of Environmental Education and Community Affairs.

    DEQ will be responsible for the education materials, registration, and lead the classes.  Be on the lookout for emails about this separate opportunity on the NC-EE listserv.

Past events

Tue, November 29, 2022 Accessibility in Outdoor Learning (Outdoor Learning Store Webinar)
Tue, November 15, 2022 Teaching Green in the Elementary Years (Outdoor Learning Store Webinar)
Sat, November 12, 2022 Behind the Scenes Tour at Fort Fisher Aquarium
Sat, October 22, 2022 Social at Sideways Farm & Brewing (Western Section Event)
Mon, October 17, 2022 Take Me Outside Day & Week! (Outdoor Learning Store Event)
Tue, October 04, 2022 Nature Connection: Sensory Activities for All Ages (Outdoor Learning Store Webinar)
Thu, September 29, 2022 SEEA Annual Conference
Tue, September 27, 2022 Animals Care for Mother Earth: An Indigenous Teaching Resource for Personal Development (Outdoor Learning Store Webinar)
Tue, September 27, 2022 Adult STEM Night Event
Fri, September 23, 2022 Community Engagement Guidelines for Excellence Workshop (Huntersville)
Tue, September 20, 2022 Life Underground: Student Soil Exploration Resources & Activities (Outdoor Learning Store Webinar)
Sat, September 17, 2022 Grandfather Mountain Gathering
Tue, September 13, 2022 Classrooms to Communities: The Best Resources for Outdoor Learning! (Outdoor Learning Store Webinar)
Fri, September 09, 2022 2022 EENC Annual Conference
Thu, September 08, 2022 2022 EENC Pre-Conference Social
Thu, September 08, 2022 2022 EENC Pre-Conference Field Trip: Horton Grove Nature Preserve & Stagville State Historic Site
Thu, September 08, 2022 2022 EENC Pre-Conference Field Trip: Walking Tour of the Hub Farm
Thu, September 08, 2022 2022 EENC Pre-Conference Field Trip: Falls Lake Paddle and Hike
Thu, September 08, 2022 2022 EENC Pre-Conference Workshop: Inquiry-based Outdoor Learning: Using BEETLES in NC
Sat, July 30, 2022 Implementing Culturally Relevant Pedagogy to Navigate Critical Conversations
Thu, July 28, 2022 What Should Equitable Pay and Equitable Hiring Look Like in EE? (Listening Session #2)
Fri, July 15, 2022 What Should Equitable Pay and Equitable Hiring Look Like in EE? (Listening Session #1)
Fri, July 01, 2022 Universal Design for Learning in Environmental Education (Online Course)
Sat, June 25, 2022 Panthertown Valley Guided Hike
Fri, June 24, 2022 K-12 Environmental Education Guidelines for Excellence Workshop (Huntersville)
Mon, June 13, 2022 Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in Environmental Education (Online Course)
Sat, June 11, 2022 Inquiry-based Outdoor Learning: Using BEETLES in NC (Salisbury)
Wed, June 08, 2022 Green Teacher Webinar: Tools and Resources for Summer Fun Outdoors
Sat, June 04, 2022 EENC Central Section Book Club: The End of Night
Sat, May 21, 2022 Don't Waste It! Workshop (Central Section)
Thu, May 19, 2022 Nature Study in Middle School: How to bring out the wonder in Middle Schoolers (EENC Webinar)
Tue, May 17, 2022 CommunitEEs: JEDI in Action
Mon, May 16, 2022 Don't Waste It! Online Workshop
Wed, May 11, 2022 Tools and Resources for Summer Fun Outdoors (Green Teacher Webinar)
Mon, May 09, 2022 Piedmont Section May Book Club: Wild Spectacle
Wed, April 27, 2022 Abenaki Creation Stories (Green Teacher Webinar)
Tue, April 26, 2022 eeINSPIRE Webinar: Climate Emotions in Education
Sat, April 23, 2022 Wildflower Hike at Price Lake Loop
Fri, April 22, 2022 Bringing the Amazon Rainforest to the Classroom (Green Teacher Webinar)
Thu, April 21, 2022 Learning from Children as an Environmental Educator (EENC Webinar)
Tue, April 19, 2022 CommunitEEs: Program/Organizational Leaders in EE
Wed, April 13, 2022 Meet & Greet at Sweeten Creek Brewing Trivia Night
Tue, April 12, 2022 EE Landscape Analysis Results (EENC Webinar)
Fri, April 08, 2022 Don't Waste It! Workshop (Eastern Section)
Wed, April 06, 2022 Swing into Spring: An EENC Social Event
Wed, March 30, 2022 Don't Waste It! Workshop (Central Section)
Fri, March 25, 2022 21EE Skills: Growing Your Environmental Education Program by Expanding your Evaluation Toolkit
Sat, March 19, 2022 Piedmont Section Guided Hike at Pilot Mountain
Thu, March 17, 2022 If It Can't Be Hands On, Make It Minds On (EENC Webinar)
Tue, March 15, 2022 CommunitEEs: Adult Learners and EE
Mon, March 14, 2022 Piedmont Section Book Club
Sat, March 05, 2022 Don't Waste It! Workshop (Western Section)
Thu, February 17, 2022 Spring Cleaning with the EPA! (EENC Webinar)
Fri, February 04, 2022 21EE Skills: Creating EE Videos On An EE Budget!
Mon, January 31, 2022 Don't Waste It! Online Workshop
Sat, January 29, 2022 Central Section Book Club - The Invention of Nature
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
Mon, January 10, 2022 Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in Environmental Education (Online Course)
Fri, January 07, 2022 21EE Skills: Creating Inclusive Online Learning Opportunities

Environmental Educators of North Carolina

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

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