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, October 04, 2022
    • 7:00 PM
    • Virtual

    Join our partner, Outdoor Learning Store, for another one of their amazing webinars!

    With Author & Nature Sommelier, Jacob Rodenburg

    Spending time in nature with all senses tuned and primed helps us feel like we belong to the natural world – and in belonging, we come to feel more connected, nourished, and alive. In this workshop, author Jacob Rodenburg will share ideas, activities and inspiration from his most recent resource, The Book of Nature Connection: 70 Sensory Activities for All Ages.

    Jacob Rodenburg, nature sommelier, is an award-winning educator, executive director of Camp Kawartha, a summer camp and outdoor education center, and instructor in environmental education at Trent University. He has taught more than 100,000 students and is co-author of The Big Book of Nature Activities.

    Upon registration, registrants will receive a discount code by email to support them in accessing The Book of Nature Connection, The Big Book of Nature Activities, and a variety of other excellent Outdoor Learning Resources for Educators.

    All registrants will be entered to win some great draw prizes! Following the workshop you will receive a link to access your Certificate of Attendance.

    REGISTER TO ATTEND

    Environmental Educators of North Carolina is a US Non-profit Partner of the Outdoor Learning Store and a small percentage of sales will go to benefit EENC. 


    • Mon, October 17, 2022
    • Fri, October 21, 2022
    • Virtual


    Join our partner, Outdoor Learning Store, for Take Me Outside Week!

    Take Me Outside Week helps to raise awareness about outdoor learning by encouraging teachers to take their students outside. Last year 8,900 educators and nearly 400,000 learners joined in on the activities and learning opportunities provided.

    We look forward to working with our partners to host a full week of speakers, activities and events for students. We will provide resources and opportunities to deepen connections with Indigenous perspectives, strengthen our health and well-being, and increase our knowledge on climate change and the environment.

    All participants will be eligible to win prizes from The Outdoor Learning Store!

    REGISTER TO ATTEND

    Environmental Educators of North Carolina is a US Non-profit Partner of the Outdoor Learning Store and a small percentage of sales will go to benefit EENC. 


    • Sat, October 22, 2022
    • 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • 62 Eade Road, Etowah, NC
    Come hang out with EENC's Western Section at Sideways Farm and Brewery!  We'll be hanging out rain or shine thanks to their large covered patio from noon to 3 pm.  Whether you live in the Western Section or are coming up to the mountains for a day trip during leaf season, bring your family and friends to this laid back networking and social event!

    Sideways offers beer, hard jun kombucha, and local sodas. There is generally a food truck onsite on the weekends.  Plus, they are a working farm that sells flowers and manages small livestock, so there's lots to see!  There's no cost for this event, other than what you choose to purchase.

    Sideways is donating 100% of their tips to EENC during the month of October, so this is a great opportunity to come network with your peers as well as help raise funds for EENC!

    Sideways Farm & Brewery is located in Etowah - between Hendersonville and Brevard, about 45 minutes south of Asheville.  Well-supervised children and leashed and well-behaved dogs are welcome.


    • Mon, October 24, 2022
    • Sun, December 18, 2022
    • 23
    Register

    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 October 24, 2022.  Participants will have until December 18, 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.

    • Mon, November 07, 2022
    • Sun, December 18, 2022
    • 25
    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 November 7, 2022.  Participants will have until December 18, 2022 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.

    • Tue, November 15, 2022
    • 7:00 PM
    • Virtual

    Join our partner, Outdoor Learning Store and educators from Green Teacher to discover kid-tested practical ideas to help young people develop a strong connection with the natural world, and support their understanding of the social and global aspects of our environment. They will offer a snapshot of stories that cover a wide spectrum of environmental topics and present a large diversity of practical projects and learning strategies.

    Green Teacher is a registered charity serving a global network. They are dedicated to helping educators, both inside and outside of schools, enhance environmental literacy among young learners.

    Upon registration, registrants will receive a discount code by email to support them in accessing educators resources, including resources from Green Teacher such as Teaching Green (Elementary Years, Middle Years and High School Years) as well as Teaching Kids About Climate Change, Teaching Teens About Climate Change and Teaching About Invasive Species.

    All registrants will be entered to win some great draw prizes! Following the workshop you will receive a link to access your Certificate of Attendance.

    REGISTER TO ATTEND

    Environmental Educators of North Carolina is a US Non-profit Partner of the Outdoor Learning Store and a small percentage of sales will go to benefit EENC. 


    • Tue, November 29, 2022
    • 7:00 PM
    • Virtual

    Join our partner, Outdoor Learning Store, who will be hosting Karen Lai for an honest and open discussion on accessibility in the outdoors with a focus on people with disabilities and what real inclusivity looks like.

    Karen is an experienced outdoor adventurer, consultant and facilitator who has been helping people with disabilities find their place for over twenty years. Karen demonstrates openness and curiosity in her work, creating an environment that encourages questions and conversations based on her own life experience with cerebral palsy.

    Karen holds a Master of Arts in Human Kinetics and her thesis focused on social inclusion. Karen will guide educators on a journey into understanding what belonging and value means for different students.

    Upon registration, registrants will receive a discount code by email to support them in accessing a variety of resources to support developing programming that is more inclusive.

    REGISTER TO ATTEND

    Environmental Educators of North Carolina is a US Non-profit Partner of the Outdoor Learning Store and a small percentage of sales will go to benefit EENC. 


Past events

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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