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, September 13, 2021
    • Fri, November 05, 2021
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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 September 13, 2021.  Participants will have until November 5, 2021 to complete the course.

    Earning Credit: This course qualifiies 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.

    • Tue, November 09, 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Duke Gardens, Durham, NC
    • 28

    Are you ready to further your justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion journey by digging in to how those topics show up in your teaching? This full-day workshop will explore leadership in the context of the pedagogy development, language, and practice of knowledge related to managing human difference in the public space: specifically environmental and ecosystem workforce networks. Participants will be asked to think, reflect, and incorporate key principles that are anchored in increasing and/or continuing equitable decision-making practices. Session will be interactive and will highlight one’s lived experiences in three key areas: opportunity, access, and belonging.

    About the Facilitator: Paul James
    Paul James has spent 25 years in higher education and health care serving in various executive roles. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Ethnic Studies from Wichita State University; a Master’s degree in Higher Education and Counseling from Oregon State University; and Mr. James holds a community commitment Rite-of-Passage certificate from the IQRAA African American Books and Gifts. He has worked in public, private and in health care settings—in student affairs, academic affairs, and president’s offices with titles such as Director, Assistant Vice President, and Chief Diversity Officer. He is widely considered to be a global expert in three fundamental areas: Human Resources and Development, Diversity Management and Intercultural Awareness, and Executive Coaching. Mr. James has consulted widely and believes in an intimate approach that fosters trust, speaking truth to power, encourages empathy and compassion, and promotes active listening. Whether educational, health care, or corporate settings, Paul James is a highly sought-after consultant and trusted advisor, nationwide.

    Session participants should bring a baseline understanding of human difference (including intercultural awareness) related to society in general, the workforce, and the histories of diverse human populations. 

    Important Terminology:

    1. Cultural Neutrality - A unique method of denial that fosters and suggest that people, across cultures, are the same.
    2. Conflict - Disagreement, contention, struggle, and discord.
    3. Active Listening - Present and focused attention with an intent to avoid speaking and/or offering a response.
    4. Epistemology - A philosophy that investigates knowledge: nature, foundations, origin, and methodologies of knowing.
    5. Opportunity Hoarding - invitation and benefit usually anchored in privilege that prevent opportunity for groups or persons related to access and tangible resources.

    This workshop is limited to 32 in-person participants.  A very limited number of virtual spaces may be offered for those who would otherwise not be able to attend for safety reasons.  Please contact Lauren Pyle at if you need one of these spaces.

    Please bring a water bottle, something to write with and something to write on, any food/drinks you need for the day (lunch and snacks), and whatever clothing layers your need to stay comfortable temperature-wise indoors and out.

    This workshop will be eligible for 6 hours of Criteria III/Continuing Ed for the NC EE Certification.

    EENC is grateful to our workshop partner, Duke Gardens, for hosting this workshop.

    COVID Safety Requirements:
    In an effort to keep our community safe,  all attendees must show either A) proof of a COVID vaccine or B) proof of a negative COVID test within 48 hours of your arrival to  be admitted to the workshop.  You may present a copy or a photo of your vaccination card if you do not wish to bring the original. The EENC host will be the only person to view this, and will not keep a copy or track which form of proof attendees have provided.

    Per our host site, masks will be required indoors for everyone and no eating indoors is permitted (there's an outdoor patio).

    • Mon, November 15, 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Zoom

    Join us for our Piedmont Section Book Club meeting! For our next book, we will discuss Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens.

    “For years, rumors of the “Marsh Girl” haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet fishing village. Kya Clark is barefoot and wild; unfit for polite society. So in late 1969, when the popular Chase Andrews is found dead, locals immediately suspect her.

    But Kya is not what they say. A born naturalist with just one day of school, she takes life's lessons from the land, learning the real ways of the world from the dishonest signals of fireflies. But while she has the skills to live in solitude forever, the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. Drawn to two young men from town, who are each intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new and startling world—until the unthinkable happens.

    In Where the Crawdads Sing, Owens juxtaposes an exquisite ode to the natural world against a profound coming of age story and haunting mystery. Thought-provoking, wise, and deeply moving, Owens’s debut novel reminds us that we are forever shaped by the child within us, while also subject to the beautiful and violent secrets that nature keeps.

    The story asks how isolation influences the behavior of a young woman, who like all of us, has the genetic propensity to belong to a group. The clues to the mystery are brushed into the lush habitat and natural histories of its wild creatures.”

    RSVP: Click here to join our section's Good Reads page and RSVP at:  

    • Tue, November 16, 2021
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

    Community calls are a great chance to share what you're thinking, listen to what others are planning, ask questions of one another, and feel a sense of community.  We don't have the answers, but we're hoping that together, we can create solutions!

    The topic for this call: EE and Schools

    Potential topics for discussion:

    • What working with schools looks like right now
    • Share some successes and struggles
    • What's happening with EE programs around the country right now

    Bring your topics to the call or email them in advance to Michelle Pearce if you'd like them to be brought up anonymously.

    Community calls are intended to be interactive conversations, so come ready to participate!

    Conversation moderated by Michelle Pearce

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    • Thu, November 18, 2021
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    Southern Appalachian headwater streams are home to a great diversity of salamander species. Because salamanders are sensitive to environmental change, they may be used along with macroinvertebrates as biological indicators of stream health. Participants will be introduced to the biology of regional stream salamanders, and discuss a field activity suitable for middle and high-school students. In the activity, students collect scientific data and examine the effects of microhabitat availability and water quality on salamander populations by interpreting graphs and using critical thinking skills to answer a variety of questions.

    Presenter: Patrick Brannon
    Patrick Brannon is a naturalist and educator at the WCU Highlands Biological Station in Highlands, NC. He holds a M.S. in Biology from Appalachian State University, and performs research on the ecology of both salamanders and small mammals. He has worked as an environmental educator for NC 4-H, and as a herp and mammal technician for the Virginia Museum of Natural History. He has taught courses on amphibians at HBS for many years, in addition to a wide variety of educator workshops and K-12 school programs.

    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!

    • Fri, November 19, 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Zoom
    • 18

    If you're ready to help move your organization to move beyond diversity to equity, join Marsha Davis for this 6-hour virtual workshop.  Interactive conversations and reflective prompts will blend evidence-based best practices with the consultant's expertise as an activist, organizer and agent for change to help you develop a plan to help move your work from theory to practice to prepare your organization for an equitable future. 

    About the Facilitator: Marsha Davis
    Marsha Davis (she/hers) is the founder of Davis Squared Consulting.  With over 15 years of experience as an educator, facilitator and consultant, Marsha supports her clients in building values-driven strategies that enhance the resilience of our communities. She specializes in co-creating brave productive spaces for hard conversations. Marsha is a Haitian-American, Black, queer woman from Queens, NY. She graduated from Harvard University with a BA in Molecular and Cellular Biology and holds a Masters in Science Education.

    Who should attend:
    This workshop is designed for those with some measure of decision-making power within their workplaces - whether your sphere of influence extends through one educational program, a whole education department, or an entire facility. 

    Building on previous learning and lived experiences, all participants should come into this workshop already comfortable with using words such as systemic racism, white supremacy, justice, equity, power and privilege, in a conversation.


    • November 19, 10 am - 4 pm
    • The workshop will be held virtually through Zoom.  You will need to log in through a computer to view shared screens during the live calls. We strongly encourage you to use video during these live conversations if you have that capability, but at a minimum, you are expected to participate in audio and chat conversations.  If you're accessing through a computer that doesn't have a microphone, follow these directions from Zoom to use your phone for audio:
    • This workshop will be eligible for Criteria III/Continuing Ed for the NC EE Certification.
    • Wed, December 29, 2021
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • NHC Arboretum Auditorium, 6206 Oleander Dr. Wilmington, NC 28403

    Bring your own beverage and food for an engaging evening with your fellow environmental educators. We’ll get to know each other and dive into conversation about the following books. There is no cost.

    Wed. December 29

    Braiding Sweetgrass

    By Robin Wall Kimmerer

    As a botanist, Robin Wall Kimmerer has been trained to ask questions of nature with the tools of science. As a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, she embraces the notion that plants and animals are our oldest teachers. In Braiding Sweetgrass, Kimmerer brings these two lenses of knowledge together to take us on “a journey that is every bit as mythic as it is scientific, as sacred as it is historical, as clever as it is wise.

Past events

Wed, October 27, 2021 Eastern Book & Social Club: A Life on Our Planet (Eastern Section Event)
Thu, October 21, 2021 NC Stream Watch: Assessing stream health through visual observations (EENC Webinar)
Tue, October 12, 2021 NAAEE Conference
Wed, October 06, 2021 Harnessing Hydroponics: A Case for a System in Every Classroom (Green Teacher Webinar)
Sun, October 03, 2021 EENC Eastern Section Event Paddle
Sun, September 26, 2021 Applic Picking with EENC (Western Section Event)
Sat, September 25, 2021 Piedmont Section Guided Kayaking Tour & Lunch
Mon, September 20, 2021 Piedmont Book Club: "All the Colors We Will See" (Piedmont Section Event)
Thu, September 16, 2021 Better Communication through Improvisation (EENC Webinar)
Thu, September 09, 2021 2021 EENC Annual Conference and SEEA Conference
Mon, August 30, 2021 Board Nominations Virtual Open House
Thu, August 26, 2021 Eastern Book & Social Club: The Overstory (Eastern Section Event)
Tue, August 24, 2021 EENC Community Call: Drafting Plans During Delta
Thu, August 19, 2021 Venomous Snakes of the Carolinas (EENC Webinar)
Sun, July 18, 2021 Nature Book Club - The Lost Art of Reading Nature's Signs (Central Section Event)
Thu, July 15, 2021 Creating Animated Videos Like a Pro: It’s easier than you think! (EENC Webinar)
Mon, July 12, 2021 Piedmont Book Club: "Becoming Odyssa Adventure on the Appalachian Trail" (Piedmont Section Event)
Wed, July 07, 2021 Paddle Robertson Millpond (Central Section Event)
Wed, July 07, 2021 eeWORKS: Demonstrating the Power of Environmental Education (NAAEE Affiliate Webinar)
Mon, July 05, 2021 Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in Environmental Education (Online Course)
Wed, June 30, 2021 Eastern Book & Social Club: Isaac's Storm (Eastern Section Event)
Tue, June 22, 2021 Communities Grow Greener When Young People Have a Voice: Building Alliances for Place-Based Learning and Civic Action (NAAEE Affiliate Webinar)
Thu, June 17, 2021 An Introduction to Disinfectants for Educators (EENC Webinar)
Tue, June 08, 2021 EENC Community Call: Gearing Up For Summer Open Space
Fri, June 04, 2021 K-12 Environmental Education Guidelines for Excellence Workshop (Monroe)
Sun, May 23, 2021 Nature Book Club - The Bird Way (Central Section Event)
Sat, May 22, 2021 Pink Beds + Cradle of Forestry Guided Hike (Western Section Event)
Sat, May 22, 2021 Greenfield Lake Kayak Paddle (Eastern Section Event)
Thu, May 20, 2021 Environmental Justice in EE (EENC Webinar)
Mon, May 10, 2021 Piedmont Book Club: "The Home Place" (Piedmont Section Event)
Fri, April 30, 2021 City Nature Challenge
Thu, April 15, 2021 Grant Writing 101 (EENC Webinar)
Mon, April 12, 2021 EENC Community Call: Post-Pandemic Staffing
Wed, April 07, 2021 The Food Matters Action Kit & Activity Guide for Educators (Green Teacher Webinar)
Wed, March 31, 2021 Online Professional Development Guidelines for Excellence Workshop - Weds AM Section
Sun, March 28, 2021 Nature Book Club - Weeds (Central Section Event)
Thu, March 18, 2021 Theories of Change for Environmental Education Programs (EENC Webinar)
Wed, March 17, 2021 Getting Your Board on Board With Fundraising (NAAEE Affiliate Webinar)
Fri, March 12, 2021 Online K-12 Environmental Education Guidelines for Excellence Workshop - Friday AM Section
Wed, March 10, 2021 STEAM Based Learning: Building Renewable Energy Technologies (Green Teacher Webinar)
Thu, February 25, 2021 Critical Questions for Program Design During Covid-19 (NAAEE Webinar)
Thu, February 18, 2021 Opportunities, Barriers, Strategies towards Inclusion (Green Teacher Webinar)
Thu, February 18, 2021 Creating Interactive Virtual Presentations: Making the Most of Google Slides (EENC Webinar)
Wed, February 17, 2021 Empowering Youth Voices on Climate Change Policy (Green Teacher Webinar)
Wed, February 10, 2021 Preparing for Extreme Weather at Your School (Green Teacher Webinar)
Tue, February 09, 2021 Online K-12 Environmental Education Guidelines for Excellence Workshop - Tuesday AM Section
Fri, February 05, 2021 EENC Community Call
Wed, February 03, 2021 The Plastic Problem and What We Can Do About It (Green Teacher Webinar)
Sun, January 31, 2021 Nature Book Club - Eager (Central Section Event)
Wed, January 13, 2021 Small Marvels: Reflective Writing to Understand Place and Equity (NAAEE Webinar)

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Chapel Hill, NC 27515-4904

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