EENC Events

EENC hosts several activities every year, including our annual conference and section events. The following events are those sponsored or promoted by EENC.

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

    • 23 Aug 2018
    • 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • The NC Arboretum and Upcountry Brewing

    Salamanders and Suds August 23, 2018

    This fun event offers ways to learn, network and support a great regional cause.

    At 5pm meet at the NC Arboretum and to search for salamanders commonly found in Western NC. This fun and informal program will let you get a little dirty and have a lot of fun. You can even count it towards 1.5 hours of Criteria II or III of your EE Certification. This portion of the evening is free, but please RSVP. Email to let us know you’re coming.

    Can’t make it for our slimy adventures? No worries, we will regroup around 6:30pm at Upcountry Brewing in West Asheville for Friends of the Smokies Pint Night. With an extra $1 donation you can take home an awesome pint glass with a salamander graphic. Check this out their website for more information. No RSVP required for this portion of the evening.


    • 15 Sep 2018
    • 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    • NC Museum of Natural Sciences
    Registration is closed


    • 22 Sep 2018
    • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Rumbling Bald and Hickory Nut Gorge Brewing

    Rumbling Bald and Beers September 22, 2018

    Soak in the first day of fall exploring new places and meeting new faces during our September gathering.

    Join a state park ranger for a guided hike at 2pm in the Rumbling Bald access of Chimney Rock State Park. This loop trail meanders through a beautiful hardwood forest along the south face of Rumbling Bald Mountain, revealing huge boulder fields and the base of the cliff areas. Hear about the how the Party Rock Fire affected the area and how things are regenerating beyond those times. This portion of the evening is free, but please RSVP. Email to let us know you’re coming. You can also count this hike for criteria II or III for your EE certification.

    Can’t make if for the hike? You can still enjoy the beauty of the gorge by meeting us after, at approximately 4pm, at the Hickory Nut Gorge Brewery located on the Rocky Broad River in Chimney Rock Village. Get your feet wet while networking with other educators from our region and supporting a local business still recovering from the damage of Tropical Storm Alberto. No RSVP necessary for this part of the afternoon. Information on the brewery can be found here:

    • 27 Sep 2018
    • 29 Sep 2018
    • DoubleTree by Hilton, Atlantic Beach, NC

    The 2018 conference will be held September 27-29, 2018 at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Atlantic Beach, NC.  Join is as we explore the theme EE for All and learn together on the beach!

    Make your hotel reservations by August 15 for the best rate on an ocean view room.  More information about hotel reservations can be found here.

    You can find conference registration, lodging, and field trip details on the conference page. You should review the details before registering. Be sure to login to your EENC account to get the member discount.

    Cancellation Policy: All cancellations must be made in writing by Friday, September 1, 2018 to Registration Co-Chair Tanya Poole at Cancellations made before this date will receive a full refund minus a $20 processing fee.  No refunds will be made after September 1, though substitutions are permitted. 

    If you should have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us.

    Conference Registration Co-Chairs
    Tanya Poole, EENC Secretary

    Mara Mitchell, EENC Policy Chair

Past events

21 Aug 2018 NAAEE Webinar: Evaluating and Improving Out Impact on Behavior Change
29 Jul 2018 Central Section: Nature Book Club
24 Jul 2018 New Ideas for Sustainability, Social Theories, and More (NAAEE Webinar)
28 Jun 2018 Advancing EE and the Children and Nature Movement: Bringing Research to Life (NAAEE Webinar)
15 Jun 2018 Central Section Meetup: Scrappy Hour DIY Garden Art + Decor
15 Jun 2018 Piedmont-Western Section Mini-conference
30 Apr 2018 Science Standards (NGSS) and EE in Schools (NAAEE Webinar)
27 Apr 2018 City Nature Challenge (Piedmont Section Event)
21 Apr 2018 Statewide Star Party
21 Apr 2018 A Time for Science Earth Day
20 Apr 2018 Family Star Party Gathering
15 Apr 2018 EENC Nature Book Club "Wicked Plants" Field Trip
25 Mar 2018 Nature Book Club (Central Section Event)
20 Mar 2018 Disruptive Storytelling: How to Go Beyond Hero, Victim, Villain (NAAEE Webinar)
17 Mar 2018 A Time for Science Expo (Eastern Section Event)
01 Mar 2018 Science Trivia at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences (Central Section Event)
22 Feb 2018 STRAWS: A Screening and Panel Discussion (Central Section Event)
10 Feb 2018 NAAEE Guidelines for Excellence in Environmental Education Workshop (Piedmont Section Event)
30 Jan 2018 How to Win the Internet and Influence People: Using Real Stories to Combat Fake News
30 Oct 2017 Telling Your Story with Maps (Green Teacher Webinar)
25 Oct 2017 Eco-system Monitoring Programs (Green Teacher Webinar)
18 Oct 2017 NAAEE Conference
29 Sep 2017 EENC 2017 Conference
27 Sep 2017 Best Practices in School Gardens (Green Teacher Webinar)
24 Jul 2017 Excellence in Environmental Education: The NAAEE Guidelines
13 May 2017 Naturalist Rally (Central Section Event)
09 May 2017 Introducing NAAEE's Guidelines for Excellence in Community Engagement (NAAEE Webinar)
25 Apr 2017 Wild Contagious Hope (NAAEE Webinar)
22 Sep 2016 An Evening with Richard Louv

Environmental Educators of North Carolina

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

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