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

    • 24 Jul 2017
    • 30 Oct 2017
    • 4 sessions
    • Locations Statewide
    Registration is closed

    We want our EE programs to be the best they can be. We want to be professionals in our field. But how do we know if we have reached these goals? 

    The North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) has released the Guidelines for Excellence series to help us, as practitioners and educators, recognize benchmarks in areas of professional development, learner achievements, instructional materials, programs, early childhood education, and community engagement as they relate to the field of EE. In this workshop, we will introduce a subset of the Guidelines series through hands-on activities, discussion, and reflection. All participants will leave with the newest edition of the Guidelines we address. This workshop is sponsored by the NAAEE ee360 grant from the EPA and Environmental Educators of North Carolina (EENC). This workshop is eligible for Criteria III hours or continuing education in the NC Environmental Education Certification program. Workshop may also provide CEUs for classroom educators.

    There will be three basic workshops held across the state (below). For those that would like to lead Guidelines workshops in their area of the state, there will be a Train-the-Trainer workshop in October. Participants who are attending the Train-the-Trainer workshop must attend one of the educator workshops or demonstrate a basic knowledge about the guidelines from a previous training. Workshops will be led by Renee Strnad, NAAEE Guidelines Trainer Bureau and EENC Board Member.

    There is a $25 fee for each workshop, but current EENC members will receive a $10 discount.  Lunch will be provided. If you have any questions, please contact Renee at

    Basic Guidelines Workshops (workshops will run 9am - 5pm)
    July 24, Catawba Science Center, Hickory

    August 14, CMAST, Morehead City

    September 29, Agape Center for EE, Fuquay-Varina
         *You do not have to register for the EENC conference to attend this pre-conference workshop. If you have included this workshop in your EENC conference registration, you do not need to register again.

    Train-the-Trainer Guidelines Workshop
    October 23, Haw River State Park, Browns Summit
         *Participants at this workshop should be committed to hosting Guidelines workshops locally, as well as using the materials in their schools, classrooms, or EE Centers.  Lunch will be provided. Sunday night lodging at Haw River will be available (must reserve and pay individually).

    Cancellations prior to one-week before the workshop will be eligible for a refund of fees minus a $5 processing fee. Cancellations less than one-week from the workshop forfeit their refund.

    • 25 Oct 2017
    • 7:30 PM

    From climate change to natural disasters: how tiny critters invoke joy and reveal environmental secrets. There are many species of wildlife that school age citizen scientists can monitor. But most scatter when humans are around. By contrast, arthopods – animals with jointed legs and no backbones – are abundant, diverse and found in all types of habitats. Building on his article in Green Teacher’s Summer 2016 issue, Dan will share the techniques he has used for 20 years to engage students in authentic field-based data collection. He’ll also explain how to add their findings to the databases of citizen science programs so that the students’ work will have meaning beyond their own classrooms.

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    • 30 Oct 2017
    • 7:30 PM

    Join geographer Joseph Kerski as we explore the world of multimedia, web-based story maps. Government agencies, nonprofit organizations, private companies, and students and educators of all ages are using story maps to explain their mission, to show the results of their research, to inspire, to call attention to issues such as water quality, land use change, energy, or natural hazards, and for many other purposes. Story maps foster spatial thinking, critical thinking, communication skills, and immersive work with many technologies, including multimedia and web based maps. Story maps can be embedded in your own web pages and presentations, and can also serve as tools to assess student learning. The webinar will include how story maps can be used in the classroom and in the field, the types that are available, and how they connect to the broader field of geotechnologies. Ways of creating and sharing story maps will be also be shown so that you will feel confident that you and your students can use, create, and share them.

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Environmental Educators of North Carolina

P.O. Box 4904
Chapel Hill, NC 27515-4904

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