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

    • 29 Jan 2020
    • (EST)
    • 22 Nov 2020
    • (EST)
    • 6 sessions
    EENC’s Central Section has a nature book club. If you’re interested in reading along, here are our chosen books for this year. We hope you can join us at some or all of our discussions!

    January - Wednesday, 1/29, with Durant Nature Park’s Wild Reads Program - Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat: Why It's So Hard to Think Straight About Animals by Hal Herzog

    March - Sunday, 3/29 - A Delicious Country: Rediscovering the Carolinas Along the Route of John Lawson's 1700 Expedition by Scott Huler

    May - Wednesday, 5/27 - The Song of the Dodo by David Quammen

    July - Sunday, 7/26 - The Dangerous World of Butterflies: The Startling Subculture of Criminals, Collectors, and Conservationists by Peter Laufer

    September - at the conference 9/17 or 9/18 - Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer

    November - Sunday,11/22 - Secondhand: Travels in the New Global Garage Sale by Adam Minter

    If you would like to be added to our Nature Book Club Google Group, would like information on our in-person meet-ups, or have other questions, please send us an email!

    • 26 Sep 2020
    • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM (EDT)
    • Weaver Creek, Jordan Lake

    Come hang out with EENC's Central Section for an evening paddle from 5pm-7pm at the Weaver Creek region of Jordan Lake. This area is free of motorized boats and jet skis and is the perfect location to commune with nature and your fellow environmental educators.  This will be a great opportunity to get some socially-distant face time with people you'll meet - or would normally see! - at EENC's annual conference.

    This is a family event, so feel free to bring your kiddos and significant others. Got a canoe or kayak of your own? Feel free to bring it (no charge). Frog Hollow Outdoors will be providing 2-person canoes (which is big enough to put a kid in the middle), and single-person kayaks, along with life jackets and paddles.

    Your EENC membership pays off because there is a $15 discount for EENC members! Each boat is $25 per member, $40/non-member. This is a great opportunity to recruit your peers and co-workers to the EENC family! No charge if you bring your own boat.

    The deadline to register is Midnight on Monday, September 14. You can pay by check or cash at the event.

    • 06 Oct 2020
    • 3:00 PM - 4:15 PM (EDT)

    As the world watches Americans head into the U.S. Presidential Election season this fall, the need for an active and engaged public representing diverse communities, beliefs, and priorities is evident. At the same time, headlines are filled with threats to equality, freedom, and liberty—the very ideals that led to the founding of the Republic. These include news about voter suppression, police brutality, and dire consequences of human behaviors on our climate. Without the watchful eye and activism of the people of the United States, our Republic is in peril. How do we help to protect our democracy? Our expert panel will share why building an engaged public—especially young people—through media literacy and discourse about public issues is so important, and they’ll share concrete advice that educators can use every day. This will be a moderated conversation with ample time for Q&A.


    Jimmeka Anderson, The Urban Education Collaborative at UNC Charlotte

    Mary Ellen Daneels, Illinois Civic Mission Coalition

    John Silva, News Literacy Project

    Moderated by: Dr. Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg, Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement,Tufts University

    Learn more about our speakers on our 2020 Virtual Conference website.


    EENC is an affiliate co-host of the NAAEE monthly webinar series.

    • 06 Oct 2020
    • (EDT)
    • 20 Oct 2020
    • (EDT)
    • 2 sessions
    • Online
    • 2

    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 publication.

    This workshop is for educators (formal, nonformal, and higher education) 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, October 6 and Tuesday, October 20 from 7:00-8:30 PM. Note: you must attend and participate in both calls to receive full credit for this course.

    Limited to 15 students

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

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

    • 07 Oct 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM (EDT)
    • Carolina Beach State Park

    Join a Ranger at Carolina Beach State Park to learn about different habitats that exist and how each habitat affects the plants and animals that call the park home. Learn about the park's golden child, the Venus Flytrap, and efforts that are being taken to make sure they will flourish for years to come. All while meeting and networking with fellow environmental educators in the Eastern Region of North Carolina!

    Where: Carolina Beach State Park (1010 State Park Rd, Carolina Beach, NC 28428), Meet at the Venus Flytrap Trail at the end of Nature Trail Lane
    FREE, Pre-registration Required (Max 15 Participants)
    Face masks required  

    Registration form here: (form will close when/if event is full)

    • 13 Oct 2020
    • (EDT)
    • 16 Oct 2020
    • (EDT)
    • Virtual

    Deadline: March 23, 2020. Conference Call for Presentation for the 49th Annual Conference October 14 through 17 and 17th Annual Research Symposium October 13 through 14. Learn more and register here. 

    EENC is the state affiliate of NAAEE.

Past events

24 Sep 2020 2020 SEEA Annual Conference
22 Sep 2020 A New Guide to Help You Assess Connection to Nature (NAAEE Webinar)
18 Sep 2020 2020 EENC Conference- ComunitEE: Together for A Better World
17 Sep 2020 Virtual Science Trivia (Pre-Conference Event!)
16 Sep 2020 Nature-Based Biology Activities from a Distance (Green Teacher Webinar)
10 Sep 2020 Design Principles for Online EE Programs (NAAEE Webinar)
02 Sep 2020 EENC Webinar - EE, the 5Es, and Evaluation: How does it all work?
02 Sep 2020 Online K-12 Environmental Education Guidelines for Excellence Workshop - AM Section
27 Aug 2020 Thinking Outside: How Nature-based Education Can Help Schools Reopen Safely (NAAEE Webinar)
26 Aug 2020 Using a school-community partnership to cut Greenhouse gases (Green Teacher Webinar)
25 Aug 2020 EENC Webinar - Photography 101: Take Better Pictures
21 Aug 2020 EENC Webinar - African-American Outdoor Experiences
20 Aug 2020 Navigating Difficult Conversations: Strategies for Engaging Students in Social Issue Discussions, Part II (NAAEE Webinar)
14 Aug 2020 Perseid Meteor Shower Camp-Out (Central Section Event)
13 Aug 2020 EENC Webinar - Leave No Trace Awareness
12 Aug 2020 Online K-12 Environmental Education Guidelines for Excellence Workshop - PM Section
12 Aug 2020 Online K-12 Environmental Education Guidelines for Excellence Workshop - AM Section
07 Aug 2020 EENC Community Call: Looking Back at Summer, Looking Forward to Fall
06 Aug 2020 Navigating Difficult Conversations: Creating an Environment for Social Issue Discussions, Part I (NAAEE Webinar)
05 Aug 2020 EENC Webinar - Getting Your Ducks in a Row: Organizing!
31 Jul 2020 EENC Community Call: Rethinking Revenue
28 Jul 2020 EENC Webinar - Small-Scale Rainwater Harvesting
24 Jul 2020 EENC Webinar - Effective Group Management for Today's Students
22 Jul 2020 EENC Community Call: Graphic Design
16 Jul 2020 The Circular Economy: Creating the World We Want (NAAEE Webinar)
16 Jul 2020 EENC Webinar - Communication Skills
15 Jul 2020 EENC Community Call: Centering Equity and EE
09 Jul 2020 EENC Community Call: EE Leaders
08 Jul 2020 Creative Solutions in Our Time of Crisis (Green Teacher Webinar)
08 Jul 2020 EENC Webinar - An unknown world of small creatures: discovering overlooked biodiversity in North Carolina
30 Jun 2020 EENC Webinar - Jumping into the Deep End of Video Production
26 Jun 2020 EENC Webinar - EE During COVID-19: How to Find and Promote Resources and Professional Development
23 Jun 2020 Communicating in Times of Great Change (NAAEE Webinar)
23 Jun 2020 EENC Community Call: Centering Equity and EE
18 Jun 2020 EENC Webinar - Going Virtual: Learning From The 2020 North Carolina Science Festival
17 Jun 2020 EENC Community Call: In-Person Programming/Events and Social Distancing
11 Jun 2020 Online K-12 Environmental Education Guidelines for Excellence Workshop - PM Section
11 Jun 2020 A Shared Narrative in COVID-19 and Beyond (Rethink Outside Webinar)
11 Jun 2020 Online K-12 Environmental Education Guidelines for Excellence Workshop - AM Section
10 Jun 2020 EENC Webinar - Social Media: What's the Point and How to Use It
10 Jun 2020 EENC Community Call: Alternatives to a Traditional Field Trip Model
04 Jun 2020 EENC Piedmont Virtual Happy Hour (Piedmont Section Event)
02 Jun 2020 EENC Webinar - Show me the Door: A lesson on communicating boundaries
29 May 2020 EENC Community Call: Creating Online EE Content
28 May 2020 Centering Equity in EE's COVID Response (NAAEE Webinar)
27 May 2020 EENC Western Section Virtual Happy Hour (Western Section Event)
22 May 2020 EENC Community Call: Summer Camp 2020
20 May 2020 EENC Community Call: Working Parents in EE
19 May 2020 Nature as Inspiration and Transformation: An Intro to Nature Poetry (NAAEE Webinar)
15 May 2020 EENC Community Call: Distance Learning
12 May 2020 How Do We Find Good in the Bad Times? Nurturing Nature in the Time of COVID (NAAEE Webinar)
05 May 2020 Connecting to the Latino Community in the Age of COVID-19 (NAAEE Webinar)
30 Apr 2020 Communicate Like a Leader: 7 Guidelines For a Story of Disruption (NAAEE Webinar)
29 Apr 2020 Indigenous Arts and Sciences: Connecting STEM to Indigenous Science (Green Teacher Webinar)
22 Apr 2020 Earth Day - 50th Anniversary
20 Apr 2020 Fundraising in Uncertain Times (NAAEE Webinar)
16 Apr 2020 Plugged In: A Practical Guide to Moving Place-Based Learning Online (NAAEE Webinar)
16 Apr 2020 EE Program Leaders and COVID-19 Call
09 Apr 2020 Webinar on Webinars (NAAEE Webinar)
08 Apr 2020 The Joy of Garden-Based Education (Green Teacher Webinar)
08 Apr 2020 EE Community and COVID-19 Call
02 Apr 2020 EE Program Leaders and COVID-19 Call
01 Apr 2020 The Art and Science of Teaching Climate Change (Green Teacher Webinar)
27 Mar 2020 EE Community and COVID-19 Call
17 Mar 2020 EE Community Response and COVID-19 Call
12 Mar 2020 Approaches and Tools to Build an Inclusive Workplace and Movement, Part II (NAAEE Webinar)
05 Mar 2020 Science Trivia Night (Central Section Event)
28 Feb 2020 Teachable Moments Chimney Rock Field Trip (Western Section/AEE Southeast Event)
26 Feb 2020 Sip and Learn, The Fungimentals (Western Section Event)
26 Feb 2020 Owl Safari (Central Section Event)
24 Feb 2020 EE Program Leader Meeting - for EENC Members Only!
13 Feb 2020 Red Wolf Education Center Tour (Eastern Section Event)
12 Feb 2020 Approaches and Tools to Build and Inclusive Workplace and Movement (NAAEE Webinar)
25 Jan 2020 Culturally Relevant EE - Greensboro
13 Dec 2019 Community Engagement: Guidelines for Excellence Workshop - Raleigh
08 Dec 2019 Holiday GrEEn Crafting (Central Section Event)
20 Nov 2019 Conservation through the Lens of Religion (Green Teacher Webinar)
17 Nov 2019 Nature Book Club (Central Section Event)
15 Nov 2019 STRAWS Documentary and 30th Anniversary Celebration of Wake County Big Sweep (Central Section Event)
13 Nov 2019 Using Geocaching and Orienteering as Engaging Learning Tools (Green Teacher Webinar)
12 Nov 2019 Environmental Book Club - Being the Change: Live Well and Spark a Climate Revolution (Eastern Section Event)
02 Nov 2019 Equity and the Environment Workshop - Asheville
16 Oct 2019 Empower your students by solar-powering your school (Green Teacher Webinar)
13 Oct 2019 Haunting at Harris Event & Wagon Ride (Central Section Event)
11 Oct 2019 Guidelines for Excellence Train-the-Trainer - Greensboro
19 Sep 2019 EENC 2019 Conference: MemorEEs Make Us

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Chapel Hill, NC 27515-4904

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