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!

    • 12 Aug 2020
    • (EDT)
    • 26 Aug 2020
    • (EDT)
    • 2 sessions
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    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: Wednesday, August 12 and Wednesday, August 26 from 10-11:30 am. 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.  

    • 12 Aug 2020
    • (EDT)
    • 26 Aug 2020
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    • 2 sessions
    • 0
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    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: Wednesday, August 12 and Wednesday, August 26 from 1-2:30 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.  

    • 13 Aug 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (EDT)

    Join Anna Kellner, a certified Leave No Trace Trainer, in an hour-long Leave No Trace Awareness Workshop to learn about the Center for Outdoor Ethics' mission and develop your own personal set of outdoor ethics. Engage with other professionals in your field and dive into the best practices for enjoying the outdoors. Anyone interested in decreasing their impact during outdoor work or recreation will benefit from this webinar.

    Presenter: Anna Kellner
    Anna Kellner is a budding Environmental Educator, having worked with Muddy Sneakers, AmeriCorps, and the Student Conservation Association (SCA). She holds certifications as a Leave No Trace Trainer and NAI Certified Interpretive Guide, as well as a B.A. in Maritime Studies with minors in Communications and Anthropology from the University of West Florida.


    About the EENC Webinar Series
    Thanks to our amazing donors this spring, EENC is launching a webinar series to help environmental educators continue to build skills as we all negotiate the new normal with COVID-19. Throughout the series, we hope to cover a wide range of topics. Webinars may focus on lesson plans, curricula development, technology and virtual learning, naturalist skills/knowledge, educator self-care or environmental education operations such as communications, strategic planning for your program/department, risk management, or equity and inclusion.

    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 attendees afterward.  It will also be posted on EENC's members-only page - so if you're an EENC member and not able to attend during the scheduled time, no need to register!

    • 14 Aug 2020
    • 7:00 PM (EDT)
    • 15 Aug 2020
    • (EDT)
    • Howell Woods Environmental Learning Center, Four Oaks, NC

    Join us as we witness the brightest meteor shower of the year, the Perseid Meteor Shower!  Guests will get to camp overnight and participate in space-themed activities and s'mores!

    $8/tent or rent from one of our cabins.  Be sure to bring binoculars and/or a telescope!

    To register, please call us at (919) 938-0115 or email t_stanforth@johnstoncc.edu


    • 20 Aug 2020
    • 3:00 PM - 4:15 PM (EDT)

    Speaker: Mary Ellen Daneels, National Board Certified Teacher, Civics Instructional Specialist, Illinois Civic Mission Coalition

    In the August 2020 installment of the eeINSPIRE webinar series, presented by NAAEE in partnership with the US Forest Service, learn how to enhance your classroom practice of engaging students in civil discourse face to face or at a distance. Learn how to curate the right question, prompt, and strategy to meet your learning targets. Walk away with free resources to facilitate better conversations and reflective practices.

    REGISTER HERE

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


    • 21 Aug 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (EDT)

    Outdoor experiences should be provided with equitable access for all. However, we often see disparities in activities and programs participated in by people of color. In this presentation, we examine the history and barriers to outdoor experiences in African-Americans, and discuss ways the "great outdoors" is different for all members of our communities. Attendees will leave with some suggestions on how to make the outdoors more equitable for all.

    Presenter: Diquan Edmonds
    Currently, Diquan is the Program Coordinator for the North Carolina Recreation and Park Association where he oversees the associations’ commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. In addition to his work with the North Carolina Recreation and Park Association, Diquan serves on the board of directors of the North Carolina Outdoor Recreation Coalition, and on the Next Generation Advisory Council for the National Parks Conservation Association. He received his Master of Science degree from North Carolina State University in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism management in 2019.


    About the EENC Webinar Series
    Thanks to our amazing donors this spring, EENC is launching a webinar series to help environmental educators continue to build skills as we all negotiate the new normal with COVID-19. Throughout the series, we hope to cover a wide range of topics. Webinars may focus on lesson plans, curricula development, technology and virtual learning, naturalist skills/knowledge, educator self-care or environmental education operations such as communications, strategic planning for your program/department, risk management, or equity and inclusion.

    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 attendees afterward.  It will also be posted on EENC's members-only page - so if you're an EENC member and not able to attend during the scheduled time, no need to register!

    • 25 Aug 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (EDT)

    Want to take better pictures for social media and advertising your programs? Want to take better pictures of the cool nature stuff you find? Whether you use a camera phone or a DSLR, get tips on composition, subjects, and improving your photography. I want to share basic tips that everyone can use to take pictures of nature, programs, kids, and adults (when we can see them again!) Strong pictures can increase engagement on social media. Get tips on techniques and making the best pictures of people and animals. Learn how to take dynamic pictures of local plants and animals that you can use in programs.

    Presenter: Crystal Phelps
    Crystal can often be found wandering in the woods with a camera. Photography provides a special way of seeing and engaging with the world.


    About the EENC Webinar Series
    Thanks to our amazing donors this spring, EENC is launching a webinar series to help environmental educators continue to build skills as we all negotiate the new normal with COVID-19. Throughout the series, we hope to cover a wide range of topics. Webinars may focus on lesson plans, curricula development, technology and virtual learning, naturalist skills/knowledge, educator self-care or environmental education operations such as communications, strategic planning for your program/department, risk management, or equity and inclusion.

    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 attendees afterward.  It will also be posted on EENC's members-only page - so if you're an EENC member and not able to attend during the scheduled time, no need to register!

    • 26 Aug 2020
    • 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM (EDT)

    Since 2012, public transit ridership in Kingston, Ontario has increased by more than 87%! The Kingston Transit High School pilot has contributed significantly to the success and has also morphed into a standard institution whereby the city’s high school students receive discounted transit fares and hands-on orientation to public bus use. So how did this all come to be? Partnerships. In this latest interactive webinar, Dan Hendry explains how to forge and maintain community partnerships. From there, join a digital breakout room to problem-solve in a small group. Finally, Dan hears your ideas and takes any final questions.

    Click here to register.


    Dan Hendry’s concern for the environment is what drives him to promote sustainable initiatives for the Limestone District School Board as well as sustainable solutions within the Kingston, Ontario community. His combined interest in sustainability, innovation, entrepreneurship, student mentorship, and community have been well integrated into his personal, academic, and professional experiences. He has also collaborated with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities to create a guide for using city-school partnership to inspire youth to choose sustainable transportation. This program has turned into an international success, with other jurisdictions inquiring about how it is influencing their current and future ridership.

    EENC is a Green Teacher Webinar Partner.

    • 02 Sep 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (EDT)

    Engage your sense of wonder at the world of student-centered program evaluation, Explore research-based pedagogy, Explain how you can use it, Expand your knowledge of how students learn in your programs, and how you can Evaluate program effectiveness despite different teaching styles. We'll go over how to use Formative Evaluation in EE programs, how this evaluation measure can be used with a 5E learning cycle, how a 5E learning cycle can be used in an EE program, and how we can bring it all together to better understand how our programs are impacting the students we serve and the educators who lead them.

    Presenter: Michelle Pearce
    Michelle has a Master's of Arts in Education with a focus in Science Education. Her passion is empowering educators with tools that will help them provide equitable and inclusive learning. She is a long time member of EENC and a past board member. She currently works at The NC Arboretum as the School and Public Programs Coordinator, and the state coordinator for Outdoor Wonders and Learning.


    About the EENC Webinar Series
    Thanks to our amazing donors this spring, EENC is launching a webinar series to help environmental educators continue to build skills as we all negotiate the new normal with COVID-19. Throughout the series, we hope to cover a wide range of topics. Webinars may focus on lesson plans, curricula development, technology and virtual learning, naturalist skills/knowledge, educator self-care or environmental education operations such as communications, strategic planning for your program/department, risk management, or equity and inclusion.

    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 attendees afterward.  It will also be posted on EENC's members-only page - so if you're an EENC member and not able to attend during the scheduled time, no need to register!

    • 16 Sep 2020
    • 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM (EDT)

    Cathy Law, a veteran of 14 years of nature-based learning, will share her greatest hits of activities that biology students can perform outside while maintaining a safe social distance in the schoolyard, nature preserve, or at home. Getting kids outside to learn science couldn’t come at a better time now that we all need to be cautious about working in groups. Outdoor learning activities based on inquiry and discovery make your students’ learning experience both meaningful and memorable, but most importantly, FUN! Join in on the adventure and preview labs for yourself and see how you can bring excitement into your classroom by not using one! These activity ideas work really well for students under quarantine, too. Separately but together, students will enjoy learning in the finest class setting of them all — Mother Nature.

    Click here to register.


    Cathy Law teaches Biology, Earth Science, and Field Biology at New Paltz High School in New Paltz, New York. She and her students started the Courtyard Gardens over twelve years ago; it features over 200 different kinds of plants in 15 themed garden zones. The mission of the garden is to create an outdoor learning center dedicated to understanding and improving the environment and to enable learning that is problem-based and interdisciplinary. Cathy presented our wildly popular webinar The Joy of Garden-based Education during Earth Month 2020.

    EENC is a Green Teacher Webinar Partner.

    • 18 Sep 2020
    • 1:00 PM (EDT)
    • 19 Sep 2020
    • 12:00 PM (EDT)
    • Virtual
    Register

    Join us for the 2020 Environmental Educators of North Carolina (EENC) conference from September 18-19! Sessions will start at 1:00 pm on Friday, followed by a keynote, and more sessions starting Saturday at 9:00 am. Please join us for some professional development, networking, and learning from other educators.

    Conference registration will close on Thursday, September 17. Registration rates will increase after Friday, September 11. If you are an EENC Member be sure to log in to your account to be able to access the Member-only rate. 

    Conference Scholarships

    Since the virtual conference registration fees are much lower than an in-person conference EENC is able to provide more scholarships this year. If you are interested in receiving scholarship funding, please complete this simple Scholarship Request Form. If you apply for a scholarship, please DO NOT register for the conference until you receive further instructions from the Conference Co-Chairs.  Scholarship requests are due Friday, September 11. 

    Conference Sponsorship

    Are you interested in promoting your program or facility to your fellow conference attendees? Consider sponsoring the 2020 EENC Annual Conference! Immediate benefits of sponsorship include widely publicized logo and website before, during, and after the conference in both print and electronic formats.

    To learn more about benefits and different sponsorship levels, please visit our Conference Sponsorship web page. 

    Silent auction

    The silent auction is a crowd favorite at the EENC conference each year. Even though the conference is going virtual this year, we could not keep the fun from you all! The funds raised through the 2020 online auction will be earmarked for future justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion trainings. 

    Would you or your organization like to support the auction this year? You can help by donating an auction item, experience, or service.

    If you would like to donate something to our auction, please find more information on the EENC Auction web page and fill out the form.  Thank you for your support!

    QUESTIONS

    If you have any questions, please contact the Conference Co-Chairs, Shannon Culpepper and Trent Stanforth, at eencconferences@gmail.com.

    • 03 Oct 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (EDT)
    • NC Zoo
    • 17
    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 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 https://naaee.org/our-work/programs/guidelines-excellence.

    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 elizabeth.folta@nczoo.org or linda.kinney@nczoo.org for workshop content questions.  Please send registration questions to Lauren Pyle, eencexecdirector@gmail.com.

    Qualifies for 7 hours of Criteria I Credit.

    Lunch is included.

Past events

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

Environmental Educators of North Carolina

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

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