EENC Events

EENC hosts several activities every year, including our annual conference and section events. The following calendar of events lists those sponsored or promoted by EENC.  Learn more about our professional development programs.

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

    • Thu, September 08, 2022
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • 14600 Creedmoor Road, Wake Forest, NC 27587
    • 14
    Register

    Join Two Sisters Adventure Company for an exploratory paddle on the Beaver Dam area of Falls Lake. Search for Great Blue Heron and other wading birds. Learn about the human history of Falls Lake and what makes the Beaver Dam area so special. Based on group interest and trip pace we may visit large Beaver Dams on the end of the impoundment, if we don't make it there we will talk about the namesakes of this area.

    After lunch a hike will be lead by Central Section Chair Phillip Cox.

    Field Trip Details:

    • Registrants will meet at the Beaverdam Access Site for parking:  14600 Creedmoor Road, Wake Forest, NC 27587 and follow the signs to the boat launch.

    • The group will return to this site for lunch.

    • The guided hike will follow after lunch, exploring Falls Lake State Recreation Area.

    Logistics:
    This workshop is limited to 20 in-person participants.  Canoes will be shared by two people, kayaks will be for individuals. 

    Please bring a water bottle, a snack, and weather appropriate clothing for being outdoors. A change of clothes and sunscreen are recommended.

    This field trip will be eligible for 7 hours of Criteria II/Continuing Ed for the NC EE Certification.

    EENC is grateful to our field trip partner Two Sisters Adventure Company for hosting this opportunity.

    Have you registered for the 2022 EENC Annual Conference yet? Join us on September 9 and 10 for networking, amazing sessions, and more!

    COVID Safety Requirements:
    This field trip will take place primarily outdoors. Masks are not currently required at this location.  We will be following the most up-to-date safety guidelines recommended by the CDC based on Community Levels. As things are constantly changing, you will hear from the facilitator about any specific requirements as the date approaches.

    Cancellation:

    Registration for this workshop may be canceled up until 7 days before the official start date for a full refund, minus a $10 cancellation fee, by emailing director@eenc.org. No refunds will be offered for cancellations after September 1.

    • Thu, September 08, 2022
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Walnut Creek Wetland Park 950 Peterson Street Raleigh, NC 27610
    • 4
    Register

    The BEETLES (Better Environmental Education, Teaching, Learning, and Expertise Sharing) Professional Learning Sessions guide educators to reflect on their own teaching and learning while incorporating best practices from contemporary pedagogy research.  Developed by the Lawrence Hall of Science, these hands-on and interactive sessions promote a student-centered approach to help learners better engage with science and the natural world through inquiry and curiosity.  This workshop will focus on the "Teaching and Learning" session with the opportunity to evaluate a program/activity of your own (or one can be provided) so you can apply what you're learning to your own work.

    This workshop is for educators (formal, nonformal, and higher education) who want to:  

    • Learn the benefits of sequencing different stages of an activity strategically to achieve engagement, meaning-making, and in-depth learning.
    • Explore best practices for planning and implementing EE programs that foster learning and promote inclusivity.
    • Collaborate with a community of educators to refresh or update an existing lesson or activity that applies the information learned in the session. 

    Format: This workshop will be hosted in person as our pre-conference workshop at Walnut Creek Wetlands Park in Raleigh. Conference registration is not required to attend this workshp.

    Facilitators: Cynthia Peedin and Nikki Jones from Muddy Sneakers

    Eligible for 6 hours of Criteria I or continuing education credit for the NC DEQ EE Certificate.  

    Have you registered for the 2022 EENC Annual Conference yet? Join us on September 9 and 10 for networking, amazing sessions, and more!

    Other Information:
    This workshop will include time outdoors, so please dress for the weather. You will need to bring your own lunch, snacks, and beverages.

    COVID Safety Requirements:
    This workshop will take place primarily indoors. Masks are not currently required at this location.  We will be following the most up-to-date safety guidelines recommended by the CDC based on Community Levels. As things are constantly changing, you will hear from the facilitator about any specific requirements as the date approaches.

    • Thu, September 08, 2022
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • 117 Milton Rd, Durham, NC 27712.
    • 16
    Register

    During this field trip, participants will go on a walking tour of the Hub Farm, one of the only school system farms in the Southeastern US. We’ll meet the animals and learn about all the physical and institutional resources available at the Hub Farm while we explore the expansive space. We will spend some time in the garden doing a small task like harvesting or planting before we cook up a farm-fresh treat together! There will be plenty of time to connect with other educators and resources, and strategize about all the good ideas growing in NC.

    Field Trip Details:

    • Registrants will meet at the Hub Farm for parking:  117 Milton Rd, Durham, NC 27712.

    • There are male/female restrooms on site with stalls. 

    • The site is ADA accessible up to a point – we have a sidewalk from the parking lot to our pavilion and to the barn. Beyond that, the ground is grassy and sometimes uneven, just like any farm or trail. If we do spend any time on the trail, it is mostly flat with some inclines, roots, and rocks. During the tour, we will be walking and standing for 30-45 minutes, but there will be chairs/benches located around the farm for occasional seating. 

    • The cooking activity will likely be in our pavilion (ADA accessible) or behind the barn (picnic tables in a grassy field).

    Logistics:
    This workshop is limited to 20 in-person participants.  

    Please bring a water bottle and weather appropriate clothing for being outdoors. A change of clothes and sunscreen are recommended.

    This field trip will be eligible for 3 hours of Criteria II/Continuing Ed for the NC EE Certification.

    EENC is grateful to our field trip partner The Hub Farm for hosting this opportunity.

    Have you registered for the 2022 EENC Annual Conference yet? Join us on September 9 and 10 for networking, amazing sessions, and more!

    COVID Safety Requirements:
    This field trip will take place primarily outdoors. Masks are not currently required at this location.  We will be following the most up-to-date safety guidelines recommended by the CDC based on Community Levels. As things are constantly changing, you will hear from the facilitator about any specific requirements as the date approaches.

    Cancellation:

    Registration for this workshop may be canceled up until 7 days before the official start date for a full refund, minus a $5 cancellation fee, by emailing director@eenc.org. No refunds will be offered for cancellations after September 1.

    • Thu, September 08, 2022
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • 5925 Jock Rd, Bahama, NC 27503
    • 15
    Register

    Historic Stagville is a state historic site that includes the remnants of the one of the largest plantations in North Carolina. The Bennehan-Cameron family owned approximately 30,000 acres of land, and claimed ownership over about 900 people who were enslaved on this property. Stagville is dedicated to teaching about the lives and work of enslaved people on the plantation. Following a tour of Stagville, join the Triangle Land Conservancy on a 2-3 mile hike at their Horton Grove Nature Preserve, which protects over 700 acres of land connected to the historic site.

    Field Trip Details:

    • Registrants will meet at the Historic Stagville Site for parking:  5925 Jock Rd, Bahama, NC 27503

    • From there, the group will access the Triangle Land Conservancy trail system via a gravel road. The trail is a dirt path, relatively flat but narrow at times. It is not an ADA accessbile trail. Visit this page for more information about the trail.

    • There are no restrooms where the tour takes place, but there is a restroom at the Stagville Visitor Center, a one mile drive away from the meeting location. Please plan accordingly. 

    Logistics:
    This workshop is limited to 20 in-person participants.  

    Please bring a water bottle, a snack, and weather appropriate clothing for being outdoors.

    This field trip will be eligible for 3 hours of Criteria II/Continuing Ed for the NC EE Certification.

    EENC is grateful to our field partner, Triangle Land Conservancy, for hosting this opportunity.

    Have you registered for the 2022 EENC Annual Conference yet? Join us on September 9 and 10 for networking, amazing sessions, and more!

    COVID Safety Requirements:
    This field trip will take place primarily outdoors. Masks are not currently required at this location.  We will be following the most up-to-date safety guidelines recommended by the CDC based on Community Levels. As things are constantly changing, you will hear from the facilitator about any specific requirements as the date approaches.

    Cancellation:

    Registration for this workshop may be canceled up until 7 days before the official start date for a full refund, minus a $10 cancellation fee, by emailing director@eenc.org. No refunds will be offered for cancellations after July 23.

    • Fri, September 09, 2022
    • Sat, September 10, 2022
    • McKimmon Center, Raleigh, NC
    • 50
    Register

    Join us for the 31st Annual Environmental Educators of North Carolina conference at NC State’s McKimmon Conference & Training Center in Raleigh, NC! This year’s conference will be held September 9 to Saturday September 10, 2022. 

    We are excited to announce that the 2022 conference theme is rEEdefine: redefining how we connect, reflect and identify in the field of Environmental Education. During the conference, we will delve deeper into what EE looks like in our state, the exciting and surprising places where EE is happening, and why EE should be designed for and accessible to everyone.

    Learn more  about speakers, schedule, and more at www.eenc.org/conference

    Plan ahead now for pre-conference workshops, field trips, and more on Thursday, September 8. 

    All Field Trips and Workshops are also open for registration. Options include a Paddle and Hike around Falls Lake, a Walking Tour of the Hub Farm, a guided walk with Triangle Land Conservancy around Horton Grove Nature Preserve and Stagville Historic Site, as well as a full day Inquiry-based Outdoor Learning (BEETLES in NC) workshop all about Teaching and Learning through lesson/activity design!

    • Sat, September 17, 2022
    • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation, 2050 Blowing Rock Highway Linville, NC 28646

    Join EENC and National Association of Interpretation (NAI) for an afternoon at Grandfather Mountain. Start with a brief meet-up and picnic lunch at Woods Walk before hiking the Bridge Trail to Linville Peak (~0.5 miles), enjoying the unique flora and fauna along the way. There, participate in a citizen science hawk watch- hawks should be migrating at this time! Individuals that choose to go to the top for the hawk watch can either go all the way across the bridge to Linville Peak, which is more challenging, or simply hawk watch from Half Moon Overlook, which is easily accessible via vehicle.

    Cost: EENC members- free, Members and guests- Pay general park admission at gate (prices listed here)

    Registration form - closes 9/9/22

    Age/Ability/Audience Requirements: Everyone welcome- no dogs please. Easy-to-moderate.

    Things To Bring: Picnic Lunch, Binoculars, Sunscreen, Water bottle

    Questions: Cassie: Work: (828) 833-6358, Email at cassie@grandfather.com


    • Fri, September 23, 2022
    • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Quest at Latta Nature Preserve, Huntersville, NC
    • 20
    Register

    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 focus on the Community Engagement Guidelines publication.

    As the newest publication, the Community Engagement: Guidelines for Excellence focuses on community wellness and is designed to help environmental educators create inclusive environments that support effective partnerships and collaborations.  It was created by environmental educators, for environmental educators who want to work in partnership with communities to strengthen the underpinnings of well-being—environmental quality, social equity, shared prosperity, and the capacity to pursue these goals together.

    We’ll work through strategies to define your community, identify new individuals/organizations, strengthen relationships with existing partners, and reach beyond the “usual suspects” to make new connections. The goals are to help you identify the organizations and individuals and build relationships help achieve your goals for student learning. 

    Facilitator: Michelle Pearce

    Format: In-person.  

    Counts for 7 hours of Criteria I or continuing education credit for the NC DEQ EE Certificate.

    There is a $15 fee to register for this workshop, but thanks to grant funding, this fee will be completely refunded after you attend!  

    Registration will open later this Summer.  Save the date now!

    • Thu, September 29, 2022
    • Sat, October 01, 2022
    • Unicoi State Park, Helen, GA

    Help represent North Carolina this fall at the 10th Annual SEEA Conference and Research Symposium.  This year's regional conference will be hosted by our partner the Environmental Education Alliance of Georgia (EEA), in conjunction with EEA's 30th Anniversary Conference. The event will take place on September 28 - Oct 1 at at Unicoi State Park in the beautiful North Georgia mountains near Helen.

    Here is the general run of show:

    • Thurs Sep 29   Research Symposium / Field Trips / Conference  (2 meals provided - dinner on your own)
    • Fri Sep 30        Conference Sessions (3 meals provided)
    • Sat Oct 1          Conference Sessions ending at noon (1 meal provided- lunch on your own)
    • Sat Oct 1          Post-Conference workshops all day (additional fee / includes lunch)
    • Sun Oct 2         Adventures / OktoberFest / Family fun activities (on your own)

    Early Bird registration is open through July 15 at the non-member rate of $230. That rate will increase to $280 on July 16. A Student / Senior / Hardship rate of $175 is also available for those in need. 

    Lodging at Unicoi State Park is in high demand due to the popularity of the conference dates, during peak fall color and OktoberFest in nearby Helen, GA. Use EEA discount code: 09947 to book Unicoi rooms or cabins at the guaranteed lowest rates. The lodging discount code may be used by any conference attendee and is good for Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat, and/or Sun nights. 

    • To book lodging by phone: Call 1-800-573-9659; provide reservations agent with your dates and EEA discount code 09947; select your favorite available room and pay for the first night.
    • To book lodging online: Click here; enter arrival and departure dates at bottom of page; click Search; ignore results; enter EEA discount code 09947 in box at top left; search again for rooms in the conference block at discount rates; select your favorite and pay.

    Room sharing is one good way to save costs. Tent, RV and Squirrel's Nest Camping is available at Unicoi for as little as $20/night, as space allows. Some rooms and some campsites are dog-friendly. Lodging can be canceled with 8 days notice, so those who are not sure of their ability to attend the Conference may want to snag a room now, while they are available. The first night's lodging is billed at the time of reservation and the balance on check-in.

    Visit EEA's website for more information and to register.

Past events

Sat, July 30, 2022 Implementing Culturally Relevant Pedagogy to Navigate Critical Conversations
Thu, July 28, 2022 What Should Equitable Pay and Equitable Hiring Look Like in EE? (Listening Session #2)
Fri, July 15, 2022 What Should Equitable Pay and Equitable Hiring Look Like in EE? (Listening Session #1)
Fri, July 01, 2022 Universal Design for Learning in Environmental Education (Online Course)
Sat, June 25, 2022 Panthertown Valley Guided Hike
Fri, June 24, 2022 K-12 Environmental Education Guidelines for Excellence Workshop (Huntersville)
Mon, June 13, 2022 Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in Environmental Education (Online Course)
Sat, June 11, 2022 Inquiry-based Outdoor Learning: Using BEETLES in NC (Salisbury)
Wed, June 08, 2022 Green Teacher Webinar: Tools and Resources for Summer Fun Outdoors
Sat, June 04, 2022 EENC Central Section Book Club: The End of Night
Sat, May 21, 2022 Don't Waste It! Workshop (Central Section)
Thu, May 19, 2022 Nature Study in Middle School: How to bring out the wonder in Middle Schoolers (EENC Webinar)
Tue, May 17, 2022 CommunitEEs: JEDI in Action
Mon, May 16, 2022 Don't Waste It! Online Workshop
Wed, May 11, 2022 Tools and Resources for Summer Fun Outdoors (Green Teacher Webinar)
Mon, May 09, 2022 Piedmont Section May Book Club: Wild Spectacle
Wed, April 27, 2022 Abenaki Creation Stories (Green Teacher Webinar)
Tue, April 26, 2022 eeINSPIRE Webinar: Climate Emotions in Education
Sat, April 23, 2022 Wildflower Hike at Price Lake Loop
Fri, April 22, 2022 Bringing the Amazon Rainforest to the Classroom (Green Teacher Webinar)
Thu, April 21, 2022 Learning from Children as an Environmental Educator (EENC Webinar)
Tue, April 19, 2022 CommunitEEs: Program/Organizational Leaders in EE
Wed, April 13, 2022 Meet & Greet at Sweeten Creek Brewing Trivia Night
Tue, April 12, 2022 EE Landscape Analysis Results (EENC Webinar)
Fri, April 08, 2022 Don't Waste It! Workshop (Eastern Section)
Wed, April 06, 2022 Swing into Spring: An EENC Social Event
Wed, March 30, 2022 Don't Waste It! Workshop (Central Section)
Fri, March 25, 2022 21EE Skills: Growing Your Environmental Education Program by Expanding your Evaluation Toolkit
Sat, March 19, 2022 Piedmont Section Guided Hike at Pilot Mountain
Thu, March 17, 2022 If It Can't Be Hands On, Make It Minds On (EENC Webinar)
Tue, March 15, 2022 CommunitEEs: Adult Learners and EE
Mon, March 14, 2022 Piedmont Section Book Club
Sat, March 05, 2022 Don't Waste It! Workshop (Western Section)
Thu, February 17, 2022 Spring Cleaning with the EPA! (EENC Webinar)
Fri, February 04, 2022 21EE Skills: Creating EE Videos On An EE Budget!
Mon, January 31, 2022 Don't Waste It! Online Workshop
Sat, January 29, 2022 Central Section Book Club - The Invention of Nature
Thu, January 20, 2022 Safe Passage: The I-40 Pigeon River Gorge Wildlife Crossing Project (EENC Webinar)
Wed, January 19, 2022 Empowering Student Action with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (Green Teacher Webinar)
Tue, January 18, 2022 EENC Community Call: EE and Adult Education
Mon, January 10, 2022 Piedmont Section Book Club - Gloryland
Mon, January 10, 2022 Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in Environmental Education (Online Course)
Fri, January 07, 2022 21EE Skills: Creating Inclusive Online Learning Opportunities

Environmental Educators of North Carolina

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Chapel Hill, NC 27515-4904

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