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 2019
    • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

    Hosted by: NAAEE

     Tuesday, January 29, from 4:00-5:00 PM Eastern
    If you are unable to join the live session - never fear! Anyone who registers will receive the recorded webinar via email!

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    Submit your questions in advance!(link is external)

    Please join us on Tuesday, January 29 from 4:00-5:00 pm ET to launch a new year of NAAEE's monthly webinar series! We'll kick off 2019 with Angela Park, founder of Mission Critical and an independent consultant, researcher, and writer dedicated to making social justice and equity hallmarks of progressive advocacy, policymaking, philanthropy, and business. 

    Angela Park

    Angela Park is an independent consultant, researcher, writer, and founder of Mission Critical (formerly Diversity Matters), an organization dedicated to making social justice and equity hallmarks of progressive advocacy and policy making. She brings nearly three decades of experience on sustainable development policy, environmental justice, equity and diversity, and organizational and leadership development. While her primary focus is partnerships with nonprofit and philanthropic organizations, Angela has consulted for banking, technology, retail, communications, insurance, and utilities industries in addition to educational institutions and government agencies at all levels.

    Angela has testified before Congress and state legislatures and lectures at colleges across the United States. A sought-after speaker, she has keynoted conferences for Bowdoin College, Urban Sustainability Directors Network, The Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities, Coalition for a Livable Future, Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Funders, Western States Center, the North American Association for Environmental Education, and the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group, among others. She researched and wrote Equity in Sustainability (2014) and Everybody’s Movement: Environmental Justice and Climate Change (2009) and her work has been published by The Diversity Factor, Grist, and Yale University and featured in Audubon.

    Previously, Angela worked at The White House in both terms of the Clinton-Gore administration, managing sustainable communities policy and constituency engagement at the President’s Council on Sustainable Development. She led research and recommendations to the President on wide-ranging issues from civic participation and environmental justice to sustainable economic development and smart growth. She coordinated state-level sustainable development initiatives at the Center for Policy Alternatives, focusing on legislation to promote renewable energy, public transportation, energy efficiency, and environmental justice. Angela co-founded and served as deputy director of the Environmental Leadership Program, participated in the inaugural class of the Donella Meadows Leadership Fellows Program, and graduated from the NTL Institute’s Diversity Practitioner Certificate Program. She was named a Young Woman of Achievement by the Women’s Information Network in Washington, DC. Angela has served as a director on numerous nonprofit boards and is currently an advisor to the Kresge Foundation’s Climate Resilience and Urban Opportunity Initiative. She recently concluded a major energy retrofit and renewable energy installation with her family at their home in Vermont.


    • Training, education, and learning on equity, diversity, and inclusion; environmental, social, racial, and economic justice; leadership development and management and supervisory competencies; emotional intelligence; Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
    • Public policy, advocacy, and philanthropy—climate change, transportation, smart growth, sustainable agriculture and food systems, sustainability, conservation; community and economic development and the arts; integrating equity and social justice
    • Strategy, planning, and facilitation
    • Coaching, management counsel, and conflict mediation
    •  Integrating equity throughout organizational policies, practices, and infrastructure
    • Research and writing

    Publications and Media: is external) is external) is external)

    Everybody’s Movement: Environmental Justice and Climate Change

    Equity in Sustainability: An Equity Scan of Local Government Sustainability Programs

    Mission Critical: A New Frame for Diversity and Environmental Progress

    Work featured in Facing the Future by Barry Yeoman, Audubon magazine

    • 20 Feb 2019

    NAAEE and partners are planning for early visibility for environmental education in 2019 on Capitol Hill. NAAEE invites our Affiliates, members, and partners to join us for a day of advocacy for EE on February 20, 2019. We're planning a fun and engaging day that will include drafting letters to the editor, advocacy training, a review of priority issues in 2019, and an afternoon full of meetings with Senators and Representatives from your states and districts. Along with our partners, we'll provide all of the tools and training you need for a successful and rewarding day. Registration is open!

    With more than 100 new Members of Congress from 41 states moving to Washington DC this month alongside their returning colleagues, we have a great opportunity to engage new champions for EE. As members of the 116th Congress are settling in and setting their agendas, they need to hear from constituents like you about the importance of environmental education in their communities. Otherwise, they may never know about the simple but critical ways that Congress can ensure that work continues.

    In the coming months, appropriations committees will be considering funding for essential programs like those at EPA and NOAA that support environmental education, so our outreach is especially timely. Additionally, 2019 may bring new opportunities to strengthen federal support for EE that we’ll be keeping an eye on. In order to be successful in taking advantage of new opportunities as they arise, it’s important that we get organized now.

    Can't make it to DC on February 20? That's ok--NAAEE will be sharing instructions and resources for scheduling meetings in your state and district offices as well as what you can do from the comfort of home to support the effort.  EENC will post the details here once we get them!

    NAAEE would like to thank our partners at the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, Association of Zoos and Aquariums, Earth Day Network, National Recreation & Parks Association, National Wildlife Federation, and Sierra Club who are working with us to plan and host this event.

    Join us in 2019 as we advocate for EE! Don't hesitate to reach out with questions!


    • 28 Feb 2019
    • 9:00 AM
    • 02 Mar 2019
    • 3:00 PM
    • NC Arboretum, 100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way, Asheville, NC 28806
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    The 2019 North Carolina Association of Environmental Education Centers Annual Conference and  the Environmental Educators of North Carolina are uniting to host a 2019 Bookend Conference at the North Carolina Arboretum in Asheville, NC from February 28th - March 2nd, 2019. This conference will bring together representatives from EE Centers and non-formal educators who want to incorporate environmental education in engaging, innovative, and meaningful ways. All educators, from anywhere inside or outside the state are welcome!

    All events occur at the NC Arboretum unless otherwise specified.The conference consists of four separate events and an optional social on Friday evening at Highland Brewing Co. in their Taproom starting  at 6pm. You can register for one or all of the events.  Please note that if you want to register for more than one day without registering for the entire meeting (Thursday and Friday only, for example), you will need to register for each day separately!

    Event 1: EENC Western Section Mini-Conference: Morning Concurrent Sessions, Lunch, Afternoon Concurrent Sessions, Criteria II opportunities

    Event 2: NCAEEC/EENC Joint Reception: Reception, Dinner, EENC Keynote Speaker (Kim Delozier, Author of Bear in the Back Seat: Adventures of a Wildlife Ranger), Night Hike and Night Activities

    Event 3: NCAEEC Annual Meeting: Morning Concurrent Sessions, Lunch, NCAEEC Keynote Speaker (Caren Cooper, Author of Citizen Science: How Ordinary People are Changing the Face of Discovery.) Annual Meeting, Afternoon Concurrent Sessions, Silent Auctions

    *** Optional: Social at Highland Brewing Company - Friday evening at 6pm: Please indicate that you plan on attending when registering - just for seating concerns. There is no additional cost to attend. Food and drinks are on your own. -***

    Event 4: NCAEEC/EENC Joint Field Trip Experiences:  

    • Bones in Bottles:  An Examination of Roadside Litter as a Source of Small Mammal Mortality at Highland Biological Station. - Led by Patrick Brannon (Highland Biological Research Station), Libbie Dobbs-Alexander (NC Arboretum)
    • Behind the Scenes at the Asheville Museum of Science and the Botanical Gardens at Asheville - Jonathan Marchal (NC Arboretum)

    • BioBlitz Hike to Snowball Mountain with the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy - Rich Preyer (NC Arboretum)

    • Citizen Science with eBird at Chimney Rock State Park - Emily Walker (Chimney Rock Management, EENC)

    • Intro to Schoolyard Citizen Science with Project EXPLORE and TRACK Trails- Trudie Henninger (NC Arboretum, NCAEEC), Lianna Koberoski (NC Arboretum), Jason Urroz (Kids in Parks)  

    You will select your field trip option on the SECOND page of the registration screen. Please choose the field trip payment option on the first screen and select your desired field trip on the second page of registration. Please keep in mind that field trip slots are first come, first serve.

    There will be a discount applied for attending all four events, as well as additional discounts for EENC Members and  current students. To receive the  EENC Member discount, please be logged into your EENC account when registering. To receive the student discount code, please e-mail a scan of a current student ID or an official class roster PLUS the session(s) you are interested in attending to the registration contact listed below.  Registration ends on February 18th, 2019.

    Questions?  Contact EENC Secretary Mara Mitchell at

Past events

13 Dec 2018 Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Training
27 Nov 2018 NAAEE Monthly Webinar: Social Justice in Schools
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 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

Environmental Educators of North Carolina

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

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