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

    • 22 Jun 2019
    • 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Etowah, NC (between Hendersonville and Brevard)

    Bring your EE friends, your families, and your well-behaved dogs to EENC's Western Section summer potluck.  Executive Director Lauren Pyle to host at her small farm in Etowah, NC about 45 minutes south of Asheville.  Bring a dish/drinks to share, any yard games you want to play, and even your fishing gear if you want to do some catch and release in the pond.  Get to know your fellow EENC members a bit more, have some fun, and enjoy the summer.  

    Email Lauren at for directions and to RSVP.  We hope to see you there!

    • 02 Jul 2019
    • 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

    We look forward to you joining us for the next installment of NAAEE's monthly webinar series. The presenter for this webinar is Megan Bang, Associate Professor in Education and Indigenous Studies, Northwestern University. She will focus on the intersection of environmental education and indigenous knowledge. This is an opportunity to gain a new perspective on the depth of our field and shaping culturally inclusive environmental education opportunities. 

    Register now by clicking here!

    Speaker Megan Bang

    Megan Bang is a developmental psychologist and learning scientist focused on the study of learning and human development in and across everyday contexts; designing and building science learning environments from Indigenous philosophies; and studying child, family, and teacher learning and practice in novel environments.

    She is a member of the Board of Science Education of the National Academy of Sciences and has won numerous early career awards from leading scholarly associations. Prior to joining the School of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University, she worked as an associate professor of education at the University of Washington.

    Her work has two critical components: 1) working at the immediate and practical levels of improving teaching and learning with Indigenous youth and communities with a primary focus on science education, and 2) to conduct transformative research that deepens understandings of the relationships between culture and cognition in and across learning settings.

    • 28 Jul 2019
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Prairie Ridge EcoStation Outdoor Classroom / Raleigh

    Join us for the Central Section Nature Book Club. We will have a discussion of The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration into the World of Consciousness by Sy Montgomery.

    The book may be available at your local library. It is also available used and new through Amazon:

    and Barnes and Noble:

    It is also available for eReaders via Amazon or Barnes and Noble.

    Please let us know if you're planning to come so we know how many to expect.

    • 19 Sep 2019
    • 21 Sep 2019
    • The Schiele Museum of Natural Sciences- 1500 E Garrison Blvd, Gastonia, NC 28054

    Join us for the 2019 Environmental Educators of North Carolina (EENC) conference at The Schiele Museum of Natural Sciences from September 19-21! Enjoy a couple days full of professional development, networking, learning, and field experiences that will help to expand your knowledge of EE efforts and resources in the state and beyond. 

    Early bird pricing will be available until Friday, July 22. Registration pricing will increase after this date, so register now! Conference registration closes on Friday, August 30. If you are an EENC Member be sure to log in to your account to be able to access the Members-only rate. Presenters will be asked to enter a code to receive their discount. 


    All attendees are responsible for making their own lodging accommodations. EENC has a block of rooms at the Hilton Garden Inn located at 444 Cox Road, Gastonia. EENC's room rate is available until August 21. We cannot guarantee availability after that date. Rooms should be booked through this booking link or call (704) 810-1111. 

    Please visit our conference webpage for details on the Hilton Garden Inn and other lodging alternatives. 


    For general conference registration questions:

    Shannon Culpepper-

    For field trip and workshop questions:

    Trent Stanforth-

    Conference Cancellation Policy

    All cancellations must be made in writing to Registration Co-Chair Shannon Culpepper at Cancellations made after August 19 will receive a full refund minus a $20 processing fee.

Past events

06 Jun 2019 NC Symphony - Vivaldiā€™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

Environmental Educators of North Carolina

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

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