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 Aug 2019
    • 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Trophy Brewing / 656 Maywood Ave. / Raleigh

    Join EENC at Trophy Brewing on August 28th to meet other members and friends. 10% of tap sales will be donated to EENC!!

    • 31 Aug 2019
    • 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Kituwah Mound, Clingman's Dome

    Beginning at Kituwah Mound, Mother Town of the Cherokee, we will learn the cultural and ecological connection between Kituwah Mound and Clingmans Dome, highest peak in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. We will hike a by-pass trail and explore the spruce-fir ecosystem on our way to the observation tower. Hike is 1.5 miles round-trip.

    Join members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee, Cherokee historians, and EENC Western Section Chair for this unique event. 

    Meet at Kituwah Mound, Bryson City at 8:00 am!

    Wear comfortable hiking shoes. Dress for the weather. Bring your lunch, water, and snacks.

    NPS Ranger listens as Micah Swimmer and Matt Tooni, GSMNP point towards Kituwah Mound from the Clingmans Dome observation tower.

    Warriors of Ani Kituwah at Kituwah Mound

    • 05 Sep 2019
    • 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

    Are you presenting at EENC's conference?  What about another conference or event this year?  Do you have other speaking opportunities in front of adults? Check out this webinar to hone your skills.

    Register here!

    Join us this September for our monthly webinar series as we take a deep-dive into what makes a strong presentation. This is a great opportunity for speakers at NAAEE's upcoming Conference, environmental educators who consistently speak in front of audiences, and all those who are interested in sharpening their communication skills.

    Educators know, based on years of research, that effective learning happens when learners are:

    1. Actively engaged (as opposed to passive recipients of information)
    2. Equal partners in the learning process
    3. Socially engaged
    4. Connected to information that directly relates to the their everyday lives
    5. Supported over sufficient time for learning to not only be absorbed but applied

    Despite this, educators continue to go to professional meetings like NAAEE and “deliver” presentations to “deficient” colleagues as if they were lecturers in a mid-20th century classroom. In this webinar, free-choice learning experts John Falk and Judith Koke will engage participants in an exploration of what good educational practice and learning science research say about how to create effective conference posters and presentations that better reflect how professional learning should happen in the 21st century.

    Speaker John Falk

    John is Executive Director of the Institute for Learning Innovation and Emeritus Sea Grant Professor of Free-Choice Learning at Oregon State University. He is a leading expert on free-choice learning; the learning that occurs when people have significant choice and control over the what, where and when of their learning.  His current research focuses on understanding the identity/self-related reasons people utilize free-choice learning settings during their leisure time; studying the community impacts of parks, museums, libraries, zoos and aquariums and helping cultural institutions re-think their educational positioning in the 21st century.

    Speaker Judith Koke

    Judith is a respected museum educator and free-choice learning research with over 25 years’ experience leading museums to a more visitor-centered approach. Her key strengths include integrating field and organizational visitor research into evidence-based decision-making, and creating innovative solutions that can be measured for efficacy and impact. Her experience in research, management and education combine to bring a uniquely practical, yet evidence-based perspective. Currently the Deputy Director of the Institute for Learning Innovation, Judith has taught in graduate programs at the University of Toronto, George Washington University and the University of Colorado.

    For additional information on NAAEE's webinars, click here.

    • 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 Monday, 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.

    • 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?


Past events

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

Environmental Educators of North Carolina

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

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