2018 Conference

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SEPTEMBER 27 - September 29, 2018

Millenium Hotel 
Durham, NC

2018 Conference overview

Join us for the 2018 Environmental Educators of North Carolina conference at the Millennium Hotel in Durham, NC from Thursday, September 27th to Saturday, September 29th.  Enjoy the conference full of professional development, networking, learning, and field experiences that will help you expand your knowledge of EE and resources in NC and beyond!

Hotel Reservations

Want to reserve a hotel room at our conference venue, the Millennium Hotel in Durham?  Our group rate is $129 per night (plus taxes) for a room with two double beds.  The room rate is available Wednesday, September 26 through Saturday, September 29.  Call 919-383-8575 to make a reservation and tell them you are with Environmental Educators of North Carolina. You must book your hotel by Wednesday, September 26 to receive the group rate and you will need to make a deposit of one nights stay. The deposit is refundable if the hotel receives a cancellation notice by 12pm the day before the conference.

Conference Theme

Environmental education is a process that helps individuals, communities, and organizations learn more about the environment while developing skills and understanding about how to address global challenges and inspire change. But if EE is not accessible to everyone, the potential impact is limited.

As we endeavor to support authentic and meaningful educational opportunities for all learners, we embrace diversity, equity, and inclusion as central to our work. EENC is taking steps to become more equitable and inclusive in order to support this transformation of the field of environmental education.  We want to invite the EE community in North Carolina to join us on this journey! EENC is working to make good on our Diversity Statement by developing new projects outlined in our strategic plan, offering board training, and creating a diversity, equity, and inclusion working group. EENC wants to help our membership tackle these often difficult and sometimes uncomfortable topics by seeking quality professional development and resources that will help our members and environmental educators across the state promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in their programs and work environments.

At the 2018 EENC Conference, we will have a workshop focused on inclusion, sessions related to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and a keynote speaker who dedicates his energy to empowering, exploring, and creating positive change. All of this, and more, will help us take steps to make EE for All!


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We're excited to bring Juan D. Martinez to North Carolina  from Los Angeles for an inspiring keynote!  Juan credits his experience of growing up in South Central L.A. with a deep understanding of the need to connect children, families, culture, and communities with the natural world.  He has made a commitment to help empower the next generation of conservation and outdoor recreation leaders.  He is an amazing advocate for getting urban youth outdoors and into nature and has been rewarded for his efforts as a National Geographic Emerging Explorer, a TED speaker, and an NSTA Global Explorer.  He currently serves as the vice president of strategic partnerships for the Children and Nature Network.

You won't want to miss this keynote, so plan to join us at the banquet on Friday, September 28!

Research Symposium

One of the features of our conference is our Research Symposium, in which EE researchers present their research.   This year's Symposium will once again highlight both posters and talks.  The posters are presented during the cocktail hour before the banquet, so stop by and learn from area researchers as you mingle!  The talks will take place in a cluster on Saturday morning.  Please join us to learn more about the state of EE research in North Carolina!

Conference Cost

A full list of conference fees, including registration for members and non-members, hotel rates, extra meal tickets, workshop/field trips, and other costs is available as a PDF.  This document also lists the included meals for each registration type.

Registration has been reopened in response to Hurricane Florence!  New conference rates are as follows:
  • Full Conference:  $200
  • Friday Only:  $100 (includes breakfast and lunch)
  • Saturday Only:  $75 (includes breakfast and lunch)
Registration will close Monday, September 24 at 12:00pm.


The conference schedule is now available!  The current schedule includes the dates, presentation titles, and the presenters.  We'll add more details, including the schedule and the full descriptions, soon!  

Please note that the dates of the presentations are currently in flux and may change before the conference begins.

Workshops and Field Trips

We have one workshop and five field trips for your learning and enjoyment at the 2018 conference!  All of the following will take place Thursday, September 27.

Workshop: Why Inclusion Matters For Your Teaching, Programs, and Facility.  
9:00am-5:00pm, $25 (includes lunch)

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Are your programs accessible to all?  Is your facility accessible? Who isn't there and why?  Why should they be there? EENC wants to help our membership tackle these often difficult, and sometimes uncomfortable, topics to help our members and EEers across the state consider diversity, equity, and inclusion within their work environments and their programs. Join Desiree Adaway and Ericka Hines for an introduction and self-assessment on this hot topic in environmental education.

Field Trips:

The following field trips  will be offered for free on Thursday, September 27.  We will register people on a first come, first served basis at the registration table.  Due to the last-minute move from our original conference venue, you will need to provide your own transportation to each of these sites, and meals will be provided at the hotel.

  • Museum of Life and Sciences (full day)
  • Duke Gardens (morning)
  • Eno River State Park Hike (afternoon)
  • Duke Lemur Center Tour (afternoon)
  • Hub Farm Tour (afternoon)

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