2015 EENC Conference

Please join us for our 2015 EENC conference at Eastern 4H Environmental Education Conference Center in Columbia, NC on September 25th-27th, 2015. 

We look forward to seeing you there!  

Conference sessions and lodgings will be at the Eastern 4H Environmental Education Conference Center, located on Bulls Bay in the Albemarle Sound.  

General Conference Information: Pre-conference activities will begin on Friday, September 25th with all-day workshops, field trip opportunities, and a research symposium including a poster session and traditional presentations.  The full conference will kick off on the evening of September 25th and continue through Sunday, September 27th with concurrent sessions, exhibit hall, awards reception, keynote speakers, and silent and live auctions.  Exhibit information will be available when general conference registration opens.

Call for Proposals: Interested in submitting a proposal? Click here, Submit Proposal

Conference Strands: To tie in with our conference location, our conference strands are based on the values of the 4-H program as represented by the four Hs: Head, Heart, Hands, and Health.

Head: Managing and Thinking.  One of the core principles of environmental education is building critical thinkers.  Environmental educators must build and manage strong programs, as well as have a wide range of environmental knowledge.  Sessions in this strand will address both managing environmental education programs and building environmental knowledge inside the classroom and out.  Possible topics could include estuary ecology, E-STEM, connecting EE to K-12 standards, or new ideas related to managing environmental education programs.

Heart: Relating and Caring.  Research shows many values to our health and our spirit when we spend time in nature.  At the same time, environmental educators can experience burn-out or anxiety related to the condition of our environment.  Examples of sessions in this strand include the therapeutic qualities of nature, spiritual connections with environmental education, or staying motivated as an educator.

Hands: Giving and Working.  The field of environmental education provides many opportunities for hands-on learning as well as community service.  Sessions in this strand might address outdoor education, experiential education, service learning, or citizen science.

Health: Being and Living.  A healthy environment leads to a healthy human population.  Topics that found in this strand could include food systems, childhood obesity, toxins in our communities, or other environmental justice issues.  

New to EE:  North Carolina has a strong and growing environmental education community.  This strand seeks engaging sessions to help those new to the field of environmental education.  Those that are new to the field are encouraged to submit facilitated discussion proposals where they are not the expert but will help guide and facilitate the discussion around their submitted topic.

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