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

    • 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) - FULL

    • 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)  

    • Science Programs at Antler Hill Barn (Biltmore Estate)

    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 22nd, 2019.

    For more information and the complete schedule, please see the joint conference page.

    Questions?  Contact EENC Secretary Mara Mitchell at

    • 06 Mar 2019
    • 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

    Mindfulness and Creative Nature Play 
    with  Dave Bauer 
    Date and time: Wed. March 6; 7:30-8:30pm EST 

    Mindfulness is inherently connected to children’s creative nature play. This also applies, by extension, to adults who facilitate and/or join children in their imaginative explorations within a natural setting. During this interactive webinar, we invite you to watch and learn or actively join the discussion by sharing your ideas, experiences, and insights about this topic. Dave will kick-start the discussion by outlining the benefits for both children and adults of being mindful and sharing time in nature.

    • 24 Mar 2019
    • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Prairie Ridge Ecostation / Raleigh

    Nature Book Club: A Walk around the Pond

    Sunday, March 24, 2019

    2:00 - 5:00 pm

    Prairie Ridge Ecostation / Raleigh

    Join us for the next meeting of the Central Section Nature Book Club. We will have a discussion of A Walk around the Pond: Insects in and over the Water by Gilbert Waldbauer. The discussion will followed by a hands-on exploration of the pond at Prairie Ridge.

    The book is available used and new through Amazon:

    and Barnes and Noble

    It is also available for eReaders via Amazon or Barnes and Noble. You can also try InterLibrary Loan from your local library, if they don't carry a copy.

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

    --Chris Goforth & Stephanie Avett

    • 27 Mar 2019
    • 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

    Bird-focused Citizen Science 
    with  Liza Barney 
    Date and time: Wed. March 27; 7:30-8:30 pm EST 
    Birds can be found in our backyards, schoolyards, local parks and communities, offering an exciting and accessible connection to nature all year long. Participating in citizen science is a fun way to help students get to know their local birds, and contribute to real-world science. This webinar will introduce entry-level, student-friendly Citizen Science programs for all ages and experiences, including Project FeederWatch, Great Backyard Bird Count, Schoolyard Bird Blitz, Project NestWatch and the Christmas Bird Count for Kids. 

    • 10 Apr 2019
    • 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

    Secrets to Snagging Great Science Partners 
    with  Megan Edgar 
    Date and time: Wed. April 10; 7:30-8:30pm EST 

    In this webinar, Megan will help you understand how to cultivate and grow relationships with community members who can enrich classroom learning experiences. She will help you determine what type of partnership is right for your students, how to grow partnerships into long-term research projects, and how to tie field experiences to required curriculum. This webinar will help you learn how to take your students into the real world of science and conservation where they can practice science process skills in an authentic setting and meet inspiring people from their home community.  

    • 22 Apr 2019
    • 4:00 PM - 10:00 PM

    It's Earth Day!  We know you're probably working during the day, but what about that evening?  Join EENC members at Cabarrus Brewing in Concord, NC to network, unwind and celebrate your successful events!

     PLUS, Cabarrus brewing will donate $1 per beer - including pints, 1/2 pints, flights & pitchers - to EENC from 4 pm to 10 pm that day.  

    More details to come, but save the date to come hang out with your fellow EE folks, bring friends, and help use raise some funds for EENC!

    Cabarrus Brewing Co

    329 McGill Ave.

    Concord, NC 28027

    • 06 Jun 2019
    • 7:30 PM
    • Meymandi Concert Hall / Raleigh

    NC Symphony - Vivaldi’s Four Seasons

    Thursday, June 6, 2019

    7:30pm (or meet up with us early for dinner, TBD)

    Meymandi Concert Hall / Raleigh

    Back by popular demand for one night only! The North Carolina Symphony and the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences will present a multimedia experience that combines Vivaldi’s Four Seasons with breathtaking imagery of nature across our state.

    We will get groups seats (and discount) to this concert if we have at least 10 people register together. Please email Stephanie if you are sincerely interested so she can work on getting this discount secured.

Past events

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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