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
    • 22 Nov 2020
    • 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!

    • 08 Apr 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

    Save the date: EENC's next COVID-19 open space call.  This will be an opportunity for environmental educators across the state to share the concerns, see one another "face to face," and support one another.

    Join Zoom Meeting:

    Meeting ID: 327 665 954

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    • 08 Apr 2020
    • 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

    Kids are just happier when they are outside learning. You will learn the fascinating science behind the social, psychological and physiological benefits of using gardens to teach. Besides, donning a big grin, students learn scientific concepts more effectively when performing hands-on investigations outside so their grades soar. 

    Presenter: Cathy Law

    All Green Teacher webinars are free (and can be freely viewed up to 30 days after the live session), but you need to register in advance. 

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    • 09 Apr 2020
    • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

    With offices closed and more of us working from home, online meetings and trainings are rapidly becoming the norm. There are definite do’s and don’ts when it comes to virtual gatherings, but many of us have not been trained in how to run successful webinars, so they are often mind-numbing information downloads, plagued with technical problems, and waste the time they’re supposed to save.

    The Goodman Center has been focusing on these kinds of meetings and trainings for more than ten years. In 2008 they published the report, “Dialing In, Logging On, Nodding Off: The True Costs of Teleconferences, Videoconferences, and Webinars,” and in 2009 they launched “The Webinar on Webinars,” to help public interest professionals meet and train more effectively online.

    This one-hour online class will show you (1) how to keep participants engaged from beginning to end, (2) the fine details of creating a good online experience, (3) how to overcome “the loneliness of the long-distance learner,” (4) how to use your two assets (voices and visuals) to maximum advantage, and (5) what we all can learn from talk radio to make our webinars better. 

    The Goodman Center is partnering with NAAEE to offer “The Webinar on Webinar” free exclusively for our audience on April 9th from 4-5p Eastern (1-2p Pacific.) Space is limited, so register now. 


    • 16 Apr 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

    Do you supervise environmental ed staff and make EE program decisions? Whether you’re a manager, director, supervisor, or any other leadership title, this call is just for you!  This call is an opportunity for EE leadership-level staff to discuss the unique impacts of COVID-19 related to your position.

    What are you doing for your staff, especially part-time folks?  How are you handling cancellations?  What are you thinking about summer programming?  Bring whatever questions, concerns, and resources you have to share with other program leaders.

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    Meeting ID: 402 531 341

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    • 22 Apr 2020

    The first Earth Day in 1970 mobilized millions of Americans for the protection of the planet. On April 22, 1970, 20 million Americans — 10% of the U.S. population at the time — took to the streets, college campuses and hundreds of cities to protest environmental ignorance and demand a new way forward for our planet. The first Earth Day is credited with launching the modern environmental movement and is now recognized as the planet’s largest civic event.

    Earth Day led to passage of landmark environmental laws in the United States, including the Clean Air, Clear Water and Endangered Species Acts. Many countries soon adopted similar laws, and in 2016, the United Nations chose Earth Day as the day to sign the Paris Climate Agreement into force.

    To celebrate the 50th anniversary you can host a teach-in, join as a partner, find events near you, and check out tons of free resources ready to go:

    Post your Earth Day events online and let's get NC on the map:

    • 29 Apr 2020
    • 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

    A deeply collaborative approach between tribal, university, and K–12 partners has the potential to invigorate Indigenous youths in science endeavors, make STEM more relevant to them (and their peers), as well as foster positive school cultures. 

    Earth Partnership at the University of Wisconsin-Madison convened the expertise of elders and community members from Ho-Chunk, Bad River, Lac du Flambeau, Lac Courte Oreilles, and Red Cliff Nations with university social, physical, and life scientists to develop a culturally relevant environmental education program to improve experiences in science learning.

    This webinar is a story about Earth Partnership’s Indigenous Arts and Sciences — how it began, how our collaboration works, and what we have learned (and are still learning) along the way.

    Presenters: Michelle Cloud, Cheryl Bauer-Armstrong

    All Green Teacher webinars are free (and can be freely viewed up to 30 days after the live session), but you need to register in advance. 

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    • 29 Aug 2020
    • 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Catawba College, Salisbury, NC
    • 120

    In partnership with the Center for the Environment, EENC is planning a full day of professional development for current and future classroom teachers.  Join us for a sampling of EE curricula, get lessons you can take home for your classroom, and make connections with like-minded teachers and educators from across the state.

    During the day, you’ll rotate through various stations, experiencing lessons and activities from curricula such as  Project WET, Project WILD, Project Learning Tree, Air is All Around Us, Project EXPLORE, and more! Teachers will also be sharing tried and true EE lessons and techniques. Even if you've taken a workshop on one of these topics before, our facilitators will be showcasing amazing activities that are not often included in full day workshops. So there should be something new for everyone!

    Event  will be eligible for 7 hours of Criteria II or III credit for NC EE Certification and potentially 0.7 CEU's.

    $20 for general registration
    $15 for EENC members, teachers from currently recognized NC Green Schools, and college students

    Lunch will be provided.

    Please send any additional questions to Lauren Pyle, or 984-999-1702

    Cancellations made at least 30 days in advance of the event will receive a full refund.  Cancellations made less than 30 days before the event are not refundable.


    • 03 Oct 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • NC Zoo
    • 20

    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 specifically support Early Childhood educators! It will focus on the "Early Childhood Environmental Education Programs" and "Materials" Guidelines.  For more information on the Guidelines for Excellence, please visit

    During the workshop participants will explore the Guidelines through a series of activities. Some activities will show participants how they can use the guides in their program development, while other activities will demonstrate how participants can use the guidelines to evaluate the programs and resources they are currently using or presenting.

    Workshop led by Beth Folta and Linda Kinney of the NC Zoo.  Contact or for workshop content questions.  Please send registration questions to Lauren Pyle,

    Qualifies for 7 hours of Criteria I Credit.

    Lunch is included.

Past events

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
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
05 Sep 2019 Be a Star Conference Presenter: Design a Session That Reflects How People Learn Best (NAAEE Webinar)
31 Aug 2019 Kituwah Mound and Clingman's Dome (Western Section Event)
28 Aug 2019 Social at Trophy Brewing (Central Section Event)
15 Aug 2019 Guidelines for Excellence Workshop - Salisbury
06 Aug 2019 Guidelines for Excellence Workshop - Wilmington
28 Jul 2019 Nature Book Club: The Soul of an Octopus (Central Section Event)
26 Jul 2019 Science on Tap (Western Section Event)
14 Jul 2019 Social at Cavendish Brewery (Piedmont Section Event)
02 Jul 2019 Environmental Education and Indigenous Knowledge (NAAEE Webinar)
22 Jun 2019 Summer Potluck (Western Section Event)
06 Jun 2019 NC Symphony - Vivaldi’s Four Seasons (Central Section Event)
23 May 2019 Statewide Evaluations for Collective Impact (NAAEE Webinar)
19 May 2019 Nature Book Club (Central Section Event)
26 Apr 2019 City Nature Challenge
22 Apr 2019 Mission Monday with Cabarrus Brewing (Piedmont Section Event)
17 Apr 2019 Inspiring Conservation Action (NAAEE Webinar)
10 Apr 2019 Secrets to Snagging Great Science Partners (Green Teacher Webinar)
27 Mar 2019 Bird-focused Citizen Science (Green Teacher Webinar)
24 Mar 2019 Nature Book Club: A Walk around the Pond (Central Section Event)
21 Mar 2019 Connecting People to Nature (NAAEE Webinar)
06 Mar 2019 Mindfulness and Creative Nature Play (Green Teacher Webinar)
28 Feb 2019 2019 NCAEEC Annual Meeting and EENC Mini Conference
21 Feb 2019 Research Watch: Exploring Real-World Data in the Classroom and Beyond! (NAAEE Webinar)
20 Feb 2019 Day of Advocacy for EE
13 Feb 2019 Using Progressive Skits to Teach Food Chains (Green Teacher Webinar)
07 Feb 2019 Science Trivia @ NC Museum of Natural Sciences (Central Section Event)
29 Jan 2019 Embedding Environmental Justice and Equity into Your Work (NAAEE Webinar)

Environmental Educators of North Carolina

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

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