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

    • 02 Nov 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    • YMI Cultural Center, 20-44 Eagle St, Asheville, NC 28801
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    Join EENC for a full day exploring the intersections between equity, education and the environment.  No matter where you are on your personal or professional journey, we invite anyone working with educational, outdoor, nature, and conservation focused organizations to join us to grow in knowledge, build confidence in talking about these issues, and make connections to help advance your work.


    Morning Plenary with Marisol Jiménez of Tepeyac Consulting:

    This racial equity workshop is an opportunity for you to develop some new language and frameworks for discussing equity, and begin reflecting on the implications for your work. Together, participants will work through the following “arc of learning”:

    • Develop tools and skills for courageous conversations about diversity, equity, and inclusion 
    • Apply a “racial equity lens” to real world issues by applying a structural analysis to disparities you see in the field of education and brainstorming potential strategies advancing equity

    Afternoon Concurrent Sessions (pick one):

    1. Continuing Your Individual Journey with Marisol Jiménez: expanding and deepening on topics introduced in the morning session. Note, if this is your first diversity, equity, and inclusion workshop, we highly recommend you pick this option.
    2. Building A New Table: How to Move Your Organization from Diversity to Equity with Marsha Davis. In this workshop, participants will learn strategies to create more welcoming and inclusive cultures in their organization. We’ll explore tools to combat white supremacy culture in our orgs and get buy-in from the rest of our organization.
    3. Environmental Education Through an Equity Lens: This session will feature a series of speakers showcasing successful programs from Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Asheville Greenworks, Pathways to Parks and others.  Speakers will share information about their programs, curricula and resources, lessons learned and suggestions for best practices to help you develop more inclusive educational programs.  

    Lunch: Bring your own lunch or pre-purchase a box lunch from The Ettison Group.

    Fees: In an effort to make this as accessible as possible, we are offering multiple registration options.  Please select the registration fee and potential additional support, that best fits you/your organization's ability to support this work.

    About the facilitators:

    Marisol Jiménez is the founder and lead consultant for Tepeyac Consulting and brings over twenty years of community engagement, training/facilitation, and policy advocacy experience to her practice. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Loyola University Chicago and her Master of Social Work (MSW) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Social Work. She served as adjunct faculty at both NC State University’s and UNC Chapel Hill’s social work graduate programs offering courses in social policy analysis and advocacy, community engagement, and racial equity.  She believes in the power of connecting communities that are most often marginalized from decision-making tables with opportunities to amplify their voices and meaningfully lead social justice efforts. Tepeyac offers the resources, tools, and frameworks to develop and deepen organizations’ and communities’ capacity with an explicit and intentional structural analysis of power that informs the work every step of the way. 

    Marsha Davis is the principal consultant at Davis Squared Consulting, she works with organizations to create equitable internal cultures. As a facilitator, educator and coach, Marsha specializes in creating brave productive spaces for hard conversations. Marsha also serves as the Co-Director of Organizational Strategy at the Amy Mandel and Katina Rodis Fund.

    • 08 Nov 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Cumberland County Schools Operations, 810 Gillespie St. Fayetteville, NC 28314

    Please join us for a look at the concept of Carbon Banking and all it entails.  This includes a field trip to several sites on school campuses.

    For more information, contact

    • 12 Nov 2019
    • 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Old Books on Front Street (249 N. Front St., Wilmington, NC)

    EENC's Eastern Section is partnering with Cape Fear's Going Green for their Environmental Book Club!

    Social time is at 5:30, discussion begins at 6:00 and runs approximately 90 minutes or so. The bookstore closes at 8:00 p.m. There's no long-term commitment: you can come when the book being discussed is a title that interests you! (We do hope you'll read the book before you come, as it enriches the conversation.)

    Snacks, beer and wine are available for sale inside the bookstore, for you to enjoy during our gathering. Old Books on Front Street offers a discount on Book Club selections (and to anyone arriving by bicycle). Call ahead to make sure they have your book in stock: (910)762-6657.

    NOTE: Any changes to schedule (whether for weather or any other reason) will also be posted on Cape Fear's Going Green online calendar, so please check the day of the event to make sure. Just go to the online calendar and click on the meeting date to pull up details. Or call them, at (910)547-4390.

    About Being the Change: Live Well and Spark a Climate Revolution by Peter Kalmus

    Alarmed by drastic changes in the Earth’s systems, the author, a climate scientist and suburban father of two, embarked on a journey to change his life and the world. He began by bicycling, growing food, meditating, and making other simple, fulfilling changes. Ultimately, he slashed his climate impact to under a tenth of the U.S. average and became happier in the process.

    Being the Change explores the connections between our individual daily actions and our collective predicament. It merges science, spirituality, and practical action to develop a satisfying and appropriate response to global warming. The core message is deeply optimistic: a world without fossil fuels is not only possible—it will be better.

    “A powerful reminder that it is possible–and joyful–to move away from fossil fuels, even in a society still in the throes of addiction.” —Bill McKibben

    What can one being—you—do about global warming?


    • 13 Dec 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
    • Museum of Natural Sciences
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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. 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.  The Community Engagement: Guidelines for Excellence serves many types of individuals and organizations dedicated to environmental quality and community well-being. 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.

    In this Criteria I workshop, 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. 

     For more information on the Guidelines for Excellence, please visit

    Workshop will be 6 hours in length with a break for lunch.

    Museum of Natural Sciences,
    Raleigh, NC

    Please bring a lunch or come prepared to purchase one on your own from the Museum Cafe

    Max Capacity: 35

    $15 Registration Fee ($10 for EENC Members)

    P.S.  Want to bundle this workshop with the the NC Office of Environmental Education and Public Affairs' 9th annual NC Nonformal Educators meeting on December 12? Register for that event separately at:

Past events

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)
13 Dec 2018 Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Training
27 Nov 2018 Social Justice in Schools (NAAEE Webinar)
30 Oct 2018 A Community Pathway to Stewardship (Green Teacher Webinar)
22 Oct 2018 Feeding Plants to Feed the World (Green Teacher Webinar)
17 Oct 2018 Why Learn About Insects? (Green Teacher Webinar)
22 Sep 2018 Rumbling Bald and Beers (Western Section Event)
19 Sep 2018 Presentations for Impact (NAAEE Webinar)
15 Sep 2018 Book Club: Sting of the Wild (Central Section Event)
23 Aug 2018 Salamaders and Suds (Western Section Event)
21 Aug 2018 Evaluating and Improving Out Impact on Behavior Change (NAAEE Webinar)
29 Jul 2018 Nature Book Club (Central Section Event)
24 Jul 2018 New Ideas for Sustainability, Social Theories, and More (NAAEE Webinar)
28 Jun 2018 Advancing EE and the Children and Nature Movement: Bringing Research to Life (NAAEE Webinar)
15 Jun 2018 Scrappy Hour DIY Garden Art + Decor (Central Section Event)
15 Jun 2018 Piedmont-Western Section Mini-conference
30 Apr 2018 Science Standards (NGSS) and EE in Schools (NAAEE Webinar)
27 Apr 2018 City Nature Challenge (Piedmont Section Event)
21 Apr 2018 Statewide Star Party (Central Section Event)
21 Apr 2018 A Time for Science Earth Day (Eastern Section Event)
20 Apr 2018 Family Star Party Gathering (Central Section Event)
15 Apr 2018 Nature Book Club "Wicked Plants" Field Trip (Central Section Event)
25 Mar 2018 Nature Book Club (Central Section Event)
20 Mar 2018 Disruptive Storytelling: How to Go Beyond Hero, Victim, Villain (NAAEE Webinar)
17 Mar 2018 A Time for Science Expo (Eastern Section Event)
01 Mar 2018 Science Trivia at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences (Central Section Event)
22 Feb 2018 STRAWS: A Screening and Panel Discussion (Central Section Event)
10 Feb 2018 NAAEE Guidelines for Excellence in Environmental Education Workshop (Piedmont Section Event)
30 Jan 2018 How to Win the Internet and Influence People: Using Real Stories to Combat Fake News (NAAEE Webinar)
30 Oct 2017 Telling Your Story with Maps (Green Teacher Webinar)
25 Oct 2017 Eco-system Monitoring Programs (Green Teacher Webinar)
18 Oct 2017 NAAEE Conference
29 Sep 2017 EENC 2017 Conference
27 Sep 2017 Best Practices in School Gardens (Green Teacher Webinar)
24 Jul 2017 Excellence in Environmental Education: The NAAEE Guidelines
13 May 2017 Naturalist Rally (Central Section Event)
09 May 2017 Introducing NAAEE's Guidelines for Excellence in Community Engagement (NAAEE Webinar)
25 Apr 2017 Wild Contagious Hope (NAAEE Webinar)
22 Sep 2016 An Evening with Richard Louv

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Chapel Hill, NC 27515-4904

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