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

    • 19 Sep 2018
    • 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

    Presentations for Impact

    Wednesday, September 19, 2018, 3:00-4:00 Eastern

    Please join us for the next edition of NAAEE's monthly webinar series. We will hear from Dennis Poplin, senior vice president and director of learning for Spitfire Strategies. Dennis will use his wealth of experience in building organizational and personal strategic communications skills to help us all make a bigger impact in our presentations and strategic storytelling.

    If you are unable to join the live session - never fear! Anyone who registers will receive the recorded webinar via email!



    Dennis Poplin

    With over three decades of experience as an organizer, educator, and communicator, Dennis plans and leads capacity building trainings, and facilitates strategy meetings and learning experiences for scores of foundations and nonprofit (local and national, large and small) to build organizational and personal strategic communications skills to meet their goals. 

    Dennis has brought Spitfire’s unique approach to developing tailored programs to a variety of nonprofits and foundation staff and grantees including the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, 11th Hour Project, United Latinos/UFCW, the Emerson Collective, Jessie Ball duPont Fund, MIT Media Project, Lown Institute, Atlantic Philanthropies, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, HealthSpark Foundation, and ClimateWorks Foundation among others.

    Each year, Dennis heads Spitfire’s Executive Training Program which is designed to help nonprofit leaders develop the skills and strategies needed to lead highly-communicating organizations. He has also planned communication training programs aimed at helping foundation staff integrate strategic communication into their funding strategies.

    Dennis has coordinated trainings for human rights grantees of the Ford Foundation in Brazil and South Africa, the European Climate Foundation in Brussels and the Energy Foundation’s China Sustainable Energy Program in Beijing and an international storytelling convening for the Rockefeller Foundation in Bellagio, Italy. For the last 10 years, Dennis has successfully run the RWJF Strategic Communications Training Program and served as a coach, trainer and emcee for the yearlong, two-cohort program.

    For each of these efforts, Dennis showcases his unique ability to assess a client’s specific needs and develop a training agenda that is customized to those needs, both in content and in skill level. Dennis recently expanded Spitfire’s training offerings to include a series of webinars focused on specific communication issues. He is an experienced trainer and works regularly with both nonprofit and foundation staff on such topics as communication planning, measuring communication impact, internal communication processes, presentation skills and strategic storytelling.

    Dennis moved to Washington, D.C., from his local San Antonio, Texas, Planned Parenthood affiliate to work for the national office in 1998. As former assistant director of field operations at Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA), Dennis was instrumental in the development and execution of all major organizing and public policy projects, campaigns and programs. He was responsible for the development and management of PPFA’s grassroots field programs, including: Republicans for Choice (35 chapters in 20 states); Vox: Voices for Planned Parenthood (180 campus chapters); offline organizing and direct action; grasstops and CEO outreach; meetings and conferences; coalition efforts; and internal and external organizing communication.

    His most exciting accomplishment was overseeing logistics and nationwide PPFA mobilization for the April 25, 2004 March for Women’s Lives, which brought more than one million pro-choice supporters to the National Mall. Another fun activity was coordinating pro-choice visibility events during the federal judicial and U.S. Supreme Court nominations process at the Supreme Court, White House, U.S. Senate and other Washington, D.C. locations. These events were covered by major media outlets, including ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, USA Today, The New York Times, The Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times.

    Prior to Planned Parenthood, Dennis was a community-based organizer working on LGBT, youth empowerment, HIV/AIDS, media and arts and cultural diversity issues.

    • 22 Sep 2018
    • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Rumbling Bald and Hickory Nut Gorge Brewing

    Rumbling Bald and Beers September 22, 2018

    Soak in the first day of fall exploring new places and meeting new faces during our September gathering.

    Join a state park ranger for a guided hike at 2pm in the Rumbling Bald access of Chimney Rock State Park. This loop trail meanders through a beautiful hardwood forest along the south face of Rumbling Bald Mountain, revealing huge boulder fields and the base of the cliff areas. Hear about the how the Party Rock Fire affected the area and how things are regenerating beyond those times. This portion of the evening is free, but please RSVP. Email to let us know you’re coming. You can also count this hike for criteria II or III for your EE certification.

    Can’t make if for the hike? You can still enjoy the beauty of the gorge by meeting us after, at approximately 4pm, at the Hickory Nut Gorge Brewery located on the Rocky Broad River in Chimney Rock Village. Get your feet wet while networking with other educators from our region and supporting a local business still recovering from the damage of Tropical Storm Alberto. No RSVP necessary for this part of the afternoon. Information on the brewery can be found here:

    • 27 Sep 2018
    • 29 Sep 2018
    • DoubleTree by Hilton, Atlantic Beach, NC
    Registration is closed

    The 2018 conference will be held September 27-29, 2018 at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Atlantic Beach, NC.  Join is as we explore the theme EE for All and learn together on the beach!

    Make your hotel reservations by August 15 for the best rate on an ocean view room.  More information about hotel reservations can be found here.

    You can find conference registration, lodging, and field trip details on the conference page. You should review the details before registering. Be sure to login to your EENC account to get the member discount.

    Cancellation Policy: All cancellations must be made in writing by Friday, September 1, 2018 to Registration Co-Chair Tanya Poole at Cancellations made before this date will receive a full refund minus a $20 processing fee.  No refunds will be made after September 1, though substitutions are permitted. 

    If you should have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us.

    Conference Registration Co-Chairs
    Tanya Poole, EENC Secretary

    Mara Mitchell, EENC Policy Chair

Past events

15 Sep 2018 Central Section Book Club: Sting of the Wild
23 Aug 2018 Salamaders and Suds - Western Section Event
21 Aug 2018 NAAEE Webinar: Evaluating and Improving Out Impact on Behavior Change
29 Jul 2018 Central Section: Nature Book Club
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 Central Section Meetup: Scrappy Hour DIY Garden Art + Decor
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
21 Apr 2018 A Time for Science Earth Day
20 Apr 2018 Family Star Party Gathering
15 Apr 2018 EENC Nature Book Club "Wicked Plants" Field Trip
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
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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