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

    • Wed, January 11, 2023
    • 5:00 PM
    • Fri, February 03, 2023
    • 6:30 PM
    • Online
    • 5

    Methods of Teaching Environmental Education (MOTEE) is a 10-hour workshop designed to help practitioners create inclusive and age-appropriate learning experiences, gain group management skills, practice teaching methods to promote inquiry, and gain skills in designing objectives, lessons, and assessments for EE programs using NC Essential Standards as a foundation. 

    This workshop is for educators (formal, nonformal, and higher education) who want to learn more about:  
    • Diversity of Learners
    • Creating the Learning Environment
    • Teaching Methods
    • Developmentally Appropriate Practice
    • Assessment
    • North Carolina Essential 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). 

    Course Schedule:

    January 11 - Access to online materials available

    January 16 - 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. live Zoom Call 1 (Monday)

    January 19 - 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. live Zoom Call 2 (Thursday)

    January 23 - 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. live Zoom Call 3 (Monday)

    January 26 - 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. live Zoom Call 4 (Thursday)

    January 30 - 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. live Zoom Call 5 (Monday)

    February 3 - All assignments due, close of course

    If you have questions about registration, the course materials or details, please contact Michelle Pearce at programs@eenc.org

    Facilitator: Michelle Pearce

    Limited to 25 students. 

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

    Registration: $20 for EENC members, $25 for general registration.  

    • Mon, February 06, 2023
    • Mon, April 03, 2023
    • 0
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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 February 6, 2023.  Participants will have until April 3, 2023 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.

    • Thu, February 09, 2023
    • 6:30 PM
    • Online

    This pilot "Every Child Matters: 4 Seasons of Reconciliation" learning opportunity is open to educators from across Turtle Island (North America). This learning opportunity will run from February 15 – June 25, 2023. The Outdoor Learning Store will host a (free) optional Information & Orientation Session on Thursday, February 9th at 3:30pm Pacific Time / 6:30pm Eastern Time.

    Learn More & Register: https://outdoorlearningstore.com/every-child-matters/

    Registration is just $100 ($20/month for 5 months) and includes:

    • 10 Reconciliation Education Learning Modules: ~1 Hour of Learning / Month (see list of modules below)
    • A Certificate of Completion issued by the First Nations University of Canada upon completion of the modules
    • 5 Opportunities to Gather Virtually with Indigenous Leaders, Elders and/or Knowledge Holders (see list below)
    • $25 towards excellent Indigenous Learning Resources
    • Access to a Learning Community from across Turtle Island (North America)

    $5 from each registration will go directly to supporting the work of the Orange Shirt Society. The remainder will ensure Indigenous presenters, partners and facilitators are given gratitude and appropriately compensated, and will support our ongoing charitable work to ensure Indigenous knowledge and perspectives are foundational to outdoor learning.

    This learning opportunity is open to EVERYONE. While content is mostly in the context of Canada, this learning is relevant across Turtle Island (North America).

    Want to register on behalf of multiple people, and pay on one invoice? Email info@outdoorlearningstore.com with this spreadsheet.

    Indigenous Participants – we invite you to use this 50% discount code: ECMIND2023

    • Mon, February 13, 2023
    • Mon, March 06, 2023
    • Online
    • 4
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    Don’t Waste It! is an educator guide to waste management, recycling, composting, and waste reduction, which includes 11 lessons covering five themes: municipal solid waste, recycling, plastics, composting, and landfills. Don’t Waste It! is for both formal and non-formal educators with lessons for pre-K to 12th graders that can easily be adapted for adult audiences. Each lesson includes a group activity, independent practice, extensions, and additional activities. Build your solid waste and recycling content knowledge, get hands-on with the lessons, and receive a digital copy of Don’t Waste It! by completing the new virtual workshop!

    Workshop Goals:

    • Help current and future educators better understand the systems for municipal solid waste, landfills, material recovery facilities, recycling, and composting in our state.
    • Increase your confidence in teaching about solid waste and recycling topics.
    • Equip you with activities and resources to teach students about these topics.

    Format: This is an asynchronous online workshop. 

    • All activities must be completed independently on your own time/schedule within the 3 week timeframe.  Actual time to complete the course will vary, but we estimate it will take approximately 6 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, completing game-based activities and assessments, reading articles, posting on forums, and writing personal reflections.

    Timeline: This cohort will begin February 13, 2023.  Participants will have until March 6, 2023 to complete the course.

    Earning Credit: This course qualifies for 6 hours Criteria I or Continuing Education Credit for EE Certification Program Enrollees, and may qualify for 0.6 CEU's

    Registration: $10 for EENC members, $15 for general registration.  

    • Wed, February 15, 2023
    • 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Online

    Of course there are moral reasons for collaboration and inclusive decision making, yet in this interactive workshop Craig Freshley will explain the practical benefits for helping all voices be heard. And he’s going to teach us how to do it. By telling stories and explaining techniques, Craig will equip you and inspire you to help your own group make decisions together efficiently. Handouts and other resources will be provided.

    Tell us a little about you! What is a challenge you face when making group decisions? Is there a technique you use that you've found especially helpful? Would you be willing to be on camera (live), discussing this challenge with Craig? Please note your interest in the webinar sign-up form! We're looking for challenges that Craig can address during the webinar AND we're looking for volunteers willing to talk about their challenges/techniques live.

    Learn More & Register: https://eepro.naaee.org/learning/together-we-decide-practical-tools-collaborative-decision-making

    • Wed, February 15, 2023
    • 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM

    Join us at Triangle Land Conservancy's Wild I.D.E.A.S. event Wednesday, February 15th for EENC Central Section's first meet-up of the year! Please email our Central Section Chair, Krista Brinchek, with any question. 

    Registration is Required, Click Here!

    What is Wild I.D.E.A.S.? Triangle Land Conservancy’s Wild Ideas series provides a unique venue where attendees can hear from leading voices and experts in the community. The speakers share innovative ideas and share tips to encourage community action that improves lives through conservation by safeguarding clean water, protecting wildlife habitat, supporting local farms and food, and connecting people to nature.


    • Mon, February 20, 2023
    • Mon, April 03, 2023
    • 20
    Register
    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 February 20, 2023.  Participants will have until April 3, 2023 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.

    • Thu, February 23, 2023
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

    This spring, EENC plans to coordinate a crowdfunding campaign to benefit environmental education programs across our state.  In short, we want to help you raise money for your EE center, classroom, or program!  

    Join us for an introductory session that will cover:

    • a quick overview of what crowdfunding  is and how crowdfunding campaigns work
    • EENC's plans and goals for this campaign
    • how to participate

    We plan for this to be a collaborative conversation where you can provide feedback, ask questions, and help develop a list of the tools and resources you'd like to see to feel fully supported.

    This call is open to all environmental education professionals, but will be most supportive of leadership-level staff (ex: program coordinators, managers, directors) and/or development staff from organizations who are potentially interested in participating.    

    Register for this virtual meeting here.  If you are not able to attend live but are still interested in learning more, be sure to still register so we can send you follow-up materials.

    Contact Lauren Pyle with any questions.

    • Sat, March 18, 2023
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • 431 Main St., Chimney Rock, NC, 28720
    • 11
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    The BEETLES (Better Environmental Education, Teaching, Learning, and Expertise Sharing) learning sessions are active experiences crafted to encourage instructors to look at specific aspects of research-based science pedagogy and to inspire shifts in instructors’ thinking about their own teaching and learning. Developed by the Lawrence Hall of Science, these hands-on and interactive sessions promote a student-centered approach to help participants better engage with science and the natural world through inquiry.  This workshop will focus on Questioning Strategies and Assessing for Learning.

    This workshop is for educators (formal, nonformal, and higher education) who want to:  
    • Analyze the impact of questions on student thinking and behavior, and use this information to make thoughtful decisions about when to use different types of questions in instruction. (Questioning Strategies)
    • Experience a variety of assessment strategies for field instruction and discuss how to choose the best type of assessment for different purposes that support student learning and improve instruction. (Assessing for Learning)
    • Explore best practices for planning and implementing EE programs that foster learning and promote inclusivity.

    Format: This course will hosted in-person at Chimney Rock State Park in Chimeny Rock, NC.

    Facilitator: Michelle Pearce

    Eligible for 6 hours of Criteria I or continuing education credit for the NC DEQ EE Certificate.  

    Other Information:
    This workshop will include time outdoors, so please dress for the weather. You will need to bring your own lunch, snacks, and beverages.

    COVID Safety Requirements:
    This workshop will take place primarily indoors. Masks are not currently required at this location.  We will be following the most up-to-date safety guidelines recommended by the CDC based on Community Levels. As things are constantly changing, you will hear from the facilitator about any specific requirements as the date approaches.

Past events

Tue, January 31, 2023 NC Environmental Literacy Plan Working Session
Sat, January 28, 2023 Eastern Section UnConference
Wed, January 25, 2023 eePRO Webinar: Environmental Justice and the Future of EE
Tue, January 24, 2023 Opting In with Birdability (online workshop)
Tue, January 10, 2023 Professional Development Guidelines for Excellence Workshop - Online, Tuesday AM Section
Tue, December 13, 2022 EE and the Draft K-12 NC Science Standards: Working Session
Fri, December 09, 2022 Holiday Lights Meet-Up At Whitewater Center
Thu, December 08, 2022 12th Annual Nonformal Educators Meeting (Hosted by DPI + NC Office of EE)
Sun, December 04, 2022 Central Section GrEEn Holiday Crafting
Sun, December 04, 2022 Central Section Nature Book Club - The Puma Years
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
Mon, November 07, 2022 Universal Design for Learning in Environmental Education (Online Course)
Mon, October 24, 2022 Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in Environmental Education (Online Course)
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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