2019 NCAEEC-EENC Joint Meeting

scenic mountain view from the nc arboretum in Asheville nc

February 28 - March 2, 2019

The North Carolina Arboretum
Asheville, NC

Partnerships, Citizen Science, and Community Engagement for Environmental Education

This year, we've teamed up to bring you a joint EENC mini-conference and North Carolina Association of Environmental Education Centers (NCAEEC) meeting!  Join us for three days of informative sessions, networking opportunities, field trips, and fun at the NC Arboretum in Asheville, February 28-March 2.  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!


Cost is $30 for each of the 4 conference events listed below and you can register for any or all of them.  Discounts are available for attending all four events, for students (with a discount code), and for EENC members.  Maximum cost for conference registration is $110 with no discounts.  You must sign in to your EENC account to get the member discount.

The registration deadline was February 21 and registration is now closed.

Conference Schedule

This meeting is made of up four separate events.  See the complete schedule for more details.  (Note: The Biltmore field trip is not currently listed on the schedule.)

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. 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)
  • FULL: Behind the Scenes at the Asheville Museum of Science and the Botanical Gardens at Asheville - Jonathan Marchal (NC Arboretum)

  • 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)

Hotel Reservations

We have a block of rooms available for conference attendees in the Hampton Inn and Suites Asheville Biltmore Area for $109 per night.  You can make your reservations online or call 828-575-9593 and mention the group name "NCAEEC".  Rooms may be reserved February 27-March 2.  This special price is available until February 6, or until the block of rooms is sold out.

Keynote Speakers

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Reception Keynote (Thursday): Kim Delozier 

In Kim DeLozier's world, when sedated wild black bears wake up unexpectedly in the back seat of a helicopter in mid-flight, or in his car as he's driving down the highway, or in his office while he's talking on the phone, it's just another day in the park.  During his 32 year career at Great Smoky Mountains National Park, he focused primarily  on nuisance black bear management, wild hog control, white-tailed deer management, small animal management (skunks, raccoons, bats), and re-introduction efforts for elk, peregrine falcons, river otters, and red wolves.  He is the author of two books, Bear in the Backseat I and II, memoirs of his time as a park ranger.

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NCAEEC Annual Meeting Keynote (Friday): Caren Cooper 

Dr. Caren Cooper is a researcher at North Carolina State University who focuses on citizen science.  She is also the scientific advisor for SciStarter, an online aggregator of citizen science projects, is on the board of the Citizen Science Association, and is an editor for the journal Citizen Science: Theory and Practice.  Her book, Citizen Science: How Ordinary People are Changing the Face of Discovery, was released in 2016.

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