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

    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 Saturday, August 31. 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.

    • 04 Oct 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Valle Crucis Community Park
    • 15

    The Guidelines for Excellence is a series of materials to help environmental educators hone their practice and programs to national standards for high-quality EE programming. We are also thrilled to announce that Guidelines for Excellence workshops have been approved as Criteria I workshops in the North Carolina EE Certification program!

    This workshop will be great for educators (formal and nonformal) that want to learn more about:

    • How to create a professional development plan as a new or seasoned environmental educator
    • Key components for developing new high quality environmental education programs, as well as reviewing current programs
    • Characteristics to consider for environmental education materials (kits and lesson plans)

    Workshop will introduce participants to the Guidelines for Professional Development, Nonformal Programs, and Materials.  For more information on the Guidelines for Excellence, please visit

    Workshop will be 6 hours in length with a short break for lunch.

    Valle Crucis Community Park

    Banner Elk, NC
    Please bring a lunch 

    Max Capacity: 20

    $20 Registration Fee ($15 for EENC Members)

    • 11 Oct 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Kathleen Clay Edwards Library
    • 30

    The Guidelines for Excellence is a series of materials to help environmental educators hone their practice and programs to national standards for high-quality EE programming. 

    This workshop will build the capacity for educators (formal, nonformal, and higher education) to:

    • Facilitate professional development workshops for your peers and community members 
    • Offer professional development for Criteria I credit for the NC Office of Environmental Education's EE Certification Program.
    • Incorporate the Guidelines for Excellence into staff and community trainings or student classroom activities
    • Increased understanding of how the Guidelines for Excellence can be used to support high quality environmental education

    Successful completion of this workshop will enable you to be a trainer for the following Guidelines for Excellence publications: Materials, K-12 Learner, Professional Development, Materials, Nonformal EE, and Early Childhood EE. 

     For more information on the Guidelines for Excellence, please visit

    Workshop will be 6 hours in length with a break for lunch.

    Kathleen Clay Edwards Library
    Greensboro, NC
    Max Capacity: 35

    $50 Registration Fee ($40 for EENC Members) includes copies of Guidelines Publications, Facilitator Notebook and Resources, and catered lunch.

    • 13 Oct 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • Harris Lake County Park, 2112 County Park Drive, New Hill

    Join fellow Central Sectioners at this fun, family-friendly, fall event! The full event is from 1-6pm. We’d be glad to see you, wagon-ride, or not! More information on the event is here:

    Harris Lake County Park has been kind enough to save *all* the tickets for their 5:30 wagon ride for our EE community. Claim yours by October 9th—and mean it! Please ensure that you make every effort to come if you have requested a ticket, as they will be saving them out from their public tickets. If you find you can no longer come, please remove yourself from the Sign-Up page. If it is after October 9, email me as soon as you know:

    The sign-up is for the 5:30 wagon ride. Each “slot” is a spot for one person on the wagon-ride:

    Hope to see you and your family there!

    • 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

05 Sep 2019 Be a Star Conference Presenter: Design a Session That Reflects How People Learn Best (NAAEE Webinar)
31 Aug 2019 Kituwah Mound and Clingman's Dome (Western Section Event)
28 Aug 2019 Social at Trophy Brewing (Central Section Event)
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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