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

    • Tue, November 30, 2021
    • Tue, December 14, 2021
    • 2 sessions
    • Online
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    The Guidelines for Excellence is a series of materials to help environmental educators hone their practice and programs to national standards for high-quality EE programming.   This workshop will focus on the K-12 Environmental Education Guidelines for Excellence publication.

    This workshop is for educators (formal, nonformal, and higher education) who want to learn more about:  
    • What environmental literacy is and how to explain the value of environmental literacy.
    • What environmental literacy should look like by the end of grades 4, 8 and 12.
    • How to connect these Guidelines to your EE instructional materials and NC curriculum standards.

    Format: This course will be a combination of independent online work and required group calls.  We will be using an online platform called Moodle for independent work and Zoom for the calls (video and call-in options). 

    Live Call Dates: Tuesday, November 30 and Tuesday, December 14 from 3:30-5:00 PM. Note: you must attend and participate in both calls to receive full credit for this course.

    Facilitators: Lauren Pyle and Beth Cranford

    Limited to 15 students. 

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

    Registration: $15 for EENC members, $20 for general registration.  

    • Fri, December 03, 2021
    • 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Online
    • 23

    What’s in store for your fundraising in 2022? With many organizations facing unprecedented fundraising challenges and as well as opportunities since 2020, one thing is clear – fundraising is not just about money, it requires a deeper commitment to building meaningful relationships with donors and to developing a sound, strategic approach. 

    Join us as we explore effective methods of raising money and creating a resource development plan. You will be guided from "the ask" to "the acknowledgement" so you can create a donor journey that draws people closer to your mission and impact and expands your base of support. 

    This interactive workshop is designed for staff, board members, and volunteers who want to strengthen the ways they engage donors and secure essential funding. Look for some advance assignments to help shape the content to your needs as you plan for 2022!

    About the Facilitator: Angela Kemper
    Angela Kemper MA, CFRE, is a successful fundraiser, trainer, and consultant with expertise in strategic communication that has generated results in nonprofit and corporate organizations for 30 years. She has held executive positions for fundraising and membership programs that have led to successful multimillion-dollar capital campaigns, double-digit increases in annual campaigns, special events and membership growth, and expanded staff and board capacity. As a consultant for more than 22 years, Angela has worked with clients in North Carolina, the Southeast, and nationally. Her expertise includes annual and campaign fundraising, donor base analysis and portfolio development, membership program growth, nonprofit capacity building, strategic planning, and board development. She is an Association of Fundraising Professionals Certified Master Trainer and conducts workshops facilitator on fundraising, boards, and nonprofit capacity.

    Suggested Pre Session Work:
    Session participants can complete one of the following assignments one week before the workshop. Once complete, please send your work to Michelle Pearce, Program Coordinator, at

    • Share a fundraising success from this past year that could be shared with your colleagues. Briefly describe the situation and success, and share an image or screenshot if available.  

      • Potential topics: success with a specific donor segment (e.g., new donors, millennials, women, lapsed donors, etc.), monthly giving program, online giving, small business engagement, peer-to-peer fundraising, planned giving, etc.

    • Share a specific challenge or fundraising priority you have for this year. We might share the topics and questions without attribution in our session, and we won’t share your specific input in any identifying way.
    Please “bring” a copy to the session (for your own reference) of:
    • A recent donor acknowledgement letter, or
    • An appeal letter or email

    This workshop will be held on Zoom and is eligible for 2 hours of Criteria III/Continuing Ed for the NC EE Certification.

    21st Century EE Skills is a series of short workshops (2hours each) to help educators build the "other duties as assigned" that have now become integral to their jobs either as professional educators or program managers. These workshops go beyond an informational webinar, offering interactive, in-depth explorations of a single topic. This workshop series will be held by the Environmental Educators of North Carolina (EENC) in partnership with the North Carolina Association for Environmental Education Centers (NCAEEC).

    • Thu, December 16, 2021
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    At Citizen Artist, we engage in alternative field research methodologies to study critical environmental issues providing a platform for underrepresented populations to have a voice in science research. Learn art-based research methods applicable to community driven citizen science projects that lead to creative solutions for our most pressing environmental issues. The webinar is for environmental educators, leaders in community conservation, citizen science project managers, students, and others interested in non-conventional methods for participatory science research.

    Presenter: Lee Ann Woolery
    With a focus on divergent ways of knowing, while working at the intersection of art and science, Dr. Lee Ann Woolery pioneered Art-Based Perceptual ecology (ABPE), an alternative research methodology for conducting ecological field research. Dr. Woolery holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Studies from Antioch University New England and a master’s degree from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

    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!

    • Sat, December 18, 2021
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • WNC Nature Center, 75 Gashes Creek Road, Asheville, NC
    • 10

    Take a walk on the wild side! Join us at the WNC Nature Center, an AZA- accredited native wildlife facility, for an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour. From 1-2pm, we'll explore the habitats of some of our most popular critters and see some animal enrichment up close! After the tour, feel free to stay and enjoy the park. We'll be outside, so please dress for the weather. Masks are required in all indoor spaces

    Age requirements: 16 years and older

    Contact Libbie Dobbs-Alexander at with any questions.

    • 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.

    • Fri, January 07, 2022
    • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • Online
    • 31

    It would be difficult to find a formal or informal online learning instructor who does not want to effectively teach all of their students. Even with these good intentions, the design of many online learning opportunities erect barriers to students with some types of disabilities. The good news is that there are established principles and evidence-based practices that, when applied proactively, lead to offerings that are accessible to, usable by, and inclusive of students with a wide variety of characteristics that include disabilities.

    Many informal learning instructors who consider it important to address accessibility issues in their materials and instructional methods, lack the knowledge and skills to design a fully accessible and inclusive course. Some report little understanding of their obligations under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and its 2008 Amendments when it comes to making online learning opportunities accessible to students with disabilities. 

    This interactive workshop will reveal how universal design (UD) practices can be integrated with best practices in the field of both synchronous and asynchronous online learning design to create an inclusive course. It will share evidence-based practices for operationalizing UD principles into practices that are often easy to implement. Participants will learn about how they can apply UD practices in the design of informal learning offerings in environmental education. Discussions will be facilitated to explore key issues related to promoting practices that make informal online learning offerings accessible to and inclusive of students with disabilities. Resources will be shared. 

    About the Facilitator: Sheryl Burgstahler, Ph.D.
    Dr. Sheryl Burgstahler founded and directs Accessible Technology Services—which includes the DO-IT (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology) and the IT Accessibility Technology (ITAT) Teams—at the University of Washington. These dynamic groups promote (1) the development of self determination skills, use of mainstream and assistive technology, and other interventions to support the success of students with disabilities in postsecondary education and careers and (2) the universal design (UD) of learning opportunities; facilities; websites, media, documents and other IT; and services to ensure that they are accessible to, usable by, and inclusive of individuals with disabilities.

    This workshop will be held on Zoom and is eligible for 2 hours of Criteria III/Continuing Ed for the NC EE Certification.

    21st Century EE Skills is a series of short workshops (2hours each) to help educators build the "other duties as assigned" that have now become integral to their jobs either as professional educators or program managers. These workshops go beyond an informational webinar, offering interactive, in-depth explorations of a single topic. This workshop series will be held by the Environmental Educators of North Carolina (EENC) in partnership with the North Carolina Association for Environmental Education Centers (NCAEEC).

    • Mon, January 10, 2022
    • Fri, March 04, 2022
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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 January 10, 2022.  Participants will have until March 4, 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.

Past events

Fri, November 19, 2021 Building an Organizational Equity Plan Workshop
Thu, November 18, 2021 Salamanders as Bioindicators of Stream Habitat Quality (EENC Webinar)
Tue, November 16, 2021 EENC Community Call: EE and Schools
Mon, November 15, 2021 Where the Crawdads Sing: Piedmont Book Club
Tue, November 09, 2021 Equity and Pedagogy Workshop
Wed, October 27, 2021 Eastern Book & Social Club: A Life on Our Planet (Eastern Section Event)
Thu, October 21, 2021 NC Stream Watch: Assessing stream health through visual observations (EENC Webinar)
Tue, October 12, 2021 NAAEE Conference
Wed, October 06, 2021 Harnessing Hydroponics: A Case for a System in Every Classroom (Green Teacher Webinar)
Sun, October 03, 2021 EENC Eastern Section Event Paddle
Sun, September 26, 2021 Applic Picking with EENC (Western Section Event)
Sat, September 25, 2021 Piedmont Section Guided Kayaking Tour & Lunch
Mon, September 20, 2021 Piedmont Book Club: "All the Colors We Will See" (Piedmont Section Event)
Thu, September 16, 2021 Better Communication through Improvisation (EENC Webinar)
Mon, September 13, 2021 Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in Environmental Education (Online Course)
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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P.O. Box 4904
Chapel Hill, NC 27515-4904

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