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

    • Mon, May 16, 2022
    • Fri, June 03, 2022
    • Online
    • 0

    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 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 May 16, 2022.  Participants will have until June 3, 2022 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.  

    • Thu, May 19, 2022
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

    Join us for a walk through of what one NC Middle School is doing for their Nature Study Program. We'll share lessons, ideas, failures and goals. Come ready to share your ideas and hopefully leave with some inspiration. If you have pictures of any lessons or projects you want to share, email them ahead of time so we can share with all.

    Presenter: Jackie Phelps

    Jackie Phelps is a life-long animal lover and nature enthusiast. She has been working with children of all ages for almost 20 years as a teacher, assistant and program leader. She started her career as a wildlife handler and alongside her husband has had the amazing opportunity to be around all sorts of critters, large and small, furry and scaly. Jackie lives in Mooresville with her husband, daughter, 6 rescue dogs and their menagerie of reptiles.


    Registration Information
    Webinar registration is free and open to anyone to attend, but is limited to 100 participants. Click here to register.

    Webinar will qualify for Criteria III and continuing education for NC DEQ EE Certificate.  

    A recording of the webinar will be sent to all registered participants afterward.  It will also be posted on EENC's Member Resources page - so if you're an EENC member and not able to attend during the scheduled time, no need to register!

    • Sat, May 21, 2022
    • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • South Wake Landfill Field Office Building- 6330 Old Smithfield Rd, Apex, NC 27539
    • 10
    Register

    Don’t Waste It! is an educator guide that 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. This workshop will provide a base of knowledge needed to teach each lesson, run through many of the lessons, and each attendee will receive a Don’t Waste It! guide.

    This workshop includes a tour of the South Wake Landfill facilities which includes a working landfill, collection center, household hazardous waste center, and more.

    This workshop is provided by Chatham County Solid Waste & Recycling, in partnership with Wake County Environmental Services.

    Minimum 8, Maximum 15

    Facilitators: Shannon Culpepper and Krista Brinchek

    Earning Credit: This course qualifies for 7 hours Criteria I or Continuing Education Credit for EE Certification Program Enrollees, and may qualify for 0.7 CEU's

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



    • Sat, June 11, 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Horizons Unlimited, Salisbury
    • 13
    Register

    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 Teaching and Learning.

    This workshop is for educators (formal, nonformal, and higher education) 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)
    • Learn the benefits of sequencing different stages of an activity strategically to achieve engagement, meaning-making, and in-depth learning. (Teaching and Learning)
    • Explore best practices for planning and implementing EE programs that foster learning and promote inclusivity.

    Format: This course will hosted in-person at Horizons Unlimited in Salisbury, NC.

    Facilitator: Michelle Pearce and Elise Tellez

    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.

    In regard to COVID-19, we will be following the most up-to-date safety guidelines as required by the state. As things are constantly changing, you will hear from the facilitator about specific requirements as the date approaches.

    • Sat, June 11, 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Greensboro, NC
    • 20
    Register

    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 copy of Don’t Waste It! by attending an upcoming workshop at Greensboro's White Street Landfill! A tour of the landfill is included with the workshop.

    This workshop will provide a base of knowledge needed to teach each lesson, run through many of the lessons, and each attendee will receive a Don’t Waste It! guide and some lesson materials.

    Minimum 5, Maximum  20.

    Facilitators: Laine Roberts, Mary Meyer and Macey Demoss.

    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.  

    Other Information: Be sure to bring a lunch, snacks, and any drinks you need - and wear or bring close toed shoes so you can participate in the tour!


    • Mon, June 13, 2022
    • Mon, August 08, 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 June 13, 2022.  Participants will have until August 8, 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.

    • Fri, June 24, 2022
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Quest at Latta Nature Preserve, Huntersville, NC
    • 7
    Register

    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) who 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.

    Facilitators: Michelle Pearce and Breanna Walker

    Format: In-person.  

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

    There is a $15 fee to register for this workshop, but thanks to grant funding, this fee will be completely refunded after you attend!  


    • Thu, September 08, 2022
    • Sat, September 10, 2022
    • McKimmon Center, Raleigh, NC

    Save the date now for EENC's largest professional development event of the year!  Learn more about the conference here.

    • Fri, September 23, 2022
    • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Quest at Latta Nature Preserve, Huntersville, NC
    • 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 focus on the Community Engagement Guidelines publication.

    As the newest publication, the Community Engagement: Guidelines for Excellence focuses on community wellness and is designed to help environmental educators create inclusive environments that support effective partnerships and collaborations.  It was created by environmental educators, for environmental educators who want to work in partnership with communities to strengthen the underpinnings of well-being—environmental quality, social equity, shared prosperity, and the capacity to pursue these goals together.

    We’ll work through strategies to define your community, identify new individuals/organizations, strengthen relationships with existing partners, and reach beyond the “usual suspects” to make new connections. The goals are to help you identify the organizations and individuals and build relationships help achieve your goals for student learning. 

    Facilitator: Michelle Pearce

    Format: In-person.  

    Counts for 7 hours of Criteria I or continuing education credit for the NC DEQ EE Certificate.

    There is a $15 fee to register for this workshop, but thanks to grant funding, this fee will be completely refunded after you attend!  

    Registration will open later this Summer.  Save the date now!

Past events

Tue, May 17, 2022 CommunitEEs: JEDI in Action
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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