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

    • 29 Jan 2020
    • 22 Nov 2020
    • 6 sessions
    EENC’s Central Section has a nature book club. If you’re interested in reading along, here are our chosen books for this year. We hope you can join us at some or all of our discussions!

    January - Wednesday, 1/29, with Durant Nature Park’s Wild Reads Program - Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat: Why It's So Hard to Think Straight About Animals by Hal Herzog

    March - Sunday, 3/29 - A Delicious Country: Rediscovering the Carolinas Along the Route of John Lawson's 1700 Expedition by Scott Huler

    May - Wednesday, 5/27 - The Song of the Dodo by David Quammen

    July - Sunday, 7/26 - The Dangerous World of Butterflies: The Startling Subculture of Criminals, Collectors, and Conservationists by Peter Laufer

    September - at the conference 9/17 or 9/18 - Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer

    November - Sunday,11/22 - Secondhand: Travels in the New Global Garage Sale by Adam Minter

    If you would like to be added to our Nature Book Club Google Group, would like information on our in-person meet-ups, or have other questions, please send us an email!

    • 24 Feb 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • The North Carolina Arboretum

    Do you supervise environmental ed staff and make EE program decisions? Whether you’re a manager, director, supervisor, or any other leadership title, EENC is planning an event just for you!  This meeting is in response to member requests for an opportunity for EE leadership-level staff to discuss topics unique to their positions.  

    Topics will include: educator recruitment/pay/training (especially considering diversity, equity, and inclusion), creating sustainable careers to keep your staff with you and in EE, and brainstorming how to address diversity, equity, and inclusion from an organizational perspective.  We’ll have a round-table working lunch to dive into more specific interests like climate change and EE, community partnerships, risk management, and quality control/evaluation.

    The format will be a facilitated discussion - so come ready to share your experience, successes, challenges, and ideas!

    This event is open exclusively to EENC Members and there is no charge to attend.  However, space is limited to 25 attendees so register today to claim your spot.

    Please bring your own lunch.

    • 26 Feb 2020
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Howell Woods Environmental Learning Center in Four Oaks

    Trent Stanforth has generously offered to host an owl safari on Wednesday evening, February 26 from 6pm to 8pm at Howell Woods Environmental Learning Center in Four Oaks. (Johnston County) They have several nesting pairs that have been quite active this winter! (It is that time for babies!)  You will be traveling along a dirt road, in the back of a truck, so dress warmly!  Due to truck space, there is a limit of 12 for the event, but you are welcome to bring spouse or other friend!

    Register here:

    • 26 Feb 2020
    • 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Boone, NC

    Horton Hotel and EENC present: "Sip and Learn, The Fungimentals" Discover the world of lichen and mushrooms with area naturalist, Julie Mullis. Learn from one of the area's most engaging and experienced naturalists. This event is open to the public - environmental educators are encouraged to attend.

    Event is free to attend.  Snacks and drinks available for purchase.

    • 28 Feb 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • 12

    EENC is teaming up with the Association of Experiential Education's Southeast Region for a field trip to Chimney Rock State Park on Friday, February 28. Chimney Rock State Park and the Hickory Nut Gorge, featured in the 90s film Last of the Mohicans, are two of the most beautiful natural areas in North Carolina. This trip will provide opportunities for learning about the geography, geology, flora, fauna, and ecology of the area while hiking several trails including one to the well-known Hickory Nut Falls. The hikes will utilize the Grasshopper Method popularized by Paul Petzoldt to take advantage of teachable moments as they arise. Come join us for fun adventure!

    Transportation will depart from Kanuga Conference Center at 10:00 am and return by 5:00 pm.  If you prefer to meet us there, please indicate that during registration and we'll be in touch with the details.

    Lunch will be provided at the Old Rock Cafe.

    Qualifies for Criteria II Credit for NC Environmental Education Certificate.

    • 27 Mar 2020

    Save the date for our newest offering!  A one-day professional development event just for college students.

    Event will be held in the western section.

    Details and registration information coming soon.

    • 01 Apr 2020
    • 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

    Want to cover climate change in the classroom, but not sure where to start? You’re not alone. In this webinar, educators will learn strategies to communicate climate change principles that can be applied to any classroom. Through practical, inquiry-focused activities, teachers will gain tools to navigate one of the most important environmental issues of our generation.

    Presenter: ​​Shannon Subers

    All Green Teacher webinars are free (and can be freely viewed up to 30 days after the live session), but you need to register in advance. 

    Register at

    • 08 Apr 2020
    • 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

    Kids are just happier when they are outside learning. You will learn the fascinating science behind the social, psychological and physiological benefits of using gardens to teach. Besides, donning a big grin, students learn scientific concepts more effectively when performing hands-on investigations outside so their grades soar. 

    Presenter: Cathy Law

    All Green Teacher webinars are free (and can be freely viewed up to 30 days after the live session), but you need to register in advance. 

    Register at

    • 22 Apr 2020

    The first Earth Day in 1970 mobilized millions of Americans for the protection of the planet. On April 22, 1970, 20 million Americans — 10% of the U.S. population at the time — took to the streets, college campuses and hundreds of cities to protest environmental ignorance and demand a new way forward for our planet. The first Earth Day is credited with launching the modern environmental movement and is now recognized as the planet’s largest civic event.

    Earth Day led to passage of landmark environmental laws in the United States, including the Clean Air, Clear Water and Endangered Species Acts. Many countries soon adopted similar laws, and in 2016, the United Nations chose Earth Day as the day to sign the Paris Climate Agreement into force.

    To celebrate the 50th anniversary you can host a teach-in, join as a partner, find events near you, and check out tons of free resources ready to go:

    Post your Earth Day events online and let's get NC on the map:

    • 29 Apr 2020
    • 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

    A deeply collaborative approach between tribal, university, and K–12 partners has the potential to invigorate Indigenous youths in science endeavors, make STEM more relevant to them (and their peers), as well as foster positive school cultures. 

    Earth Partnership at the University of Wisconsin-Madison convened the expertise of elders and community members from Ho-Chunk, Bad River, Lac du Flambeau, Lac Courte Oreilles, and Red Cliff Nations with university social, physical, and life scientists to develop a culturally relevant environmental education program to improve experiences in science learning.

    This webinar is a story about Earth Partnership’s Indigenous Arts and Sciences — how it began, how our collaboration works, and what we have learned (and are still learning) along the way.

    Presenters: Michelle Cloud, Cheryl Bauer-Armstrong

    All Green Teacher webinars are free (and can be freely viewed up to 30 days after the live session), but you need to register in advance. 

    Register at

    • 20 May 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • NC Zoo
    • 20

    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 specifically support Early Childhood educators! It will focus on the "Early Childhood Environmental Education Programs" and "Materials" Guidelines.  For more information on the Guidelines for Excellence, please visit

    During the workshop participants will explore the Guidelines through a series of activities. Some activities will show participants how they can use the guides in their program development, while other activities will demonstrate how participants can use the guidelines to evaluate the programs and resources they are currently using or presenting.

    Workshop led by Beth Folta and Linda Kinney of the NC Zoo.  Contact or for workshop content questions.  Please send registration questions to Lauren Pyle,

    Qualifies for 7 hours of Criteria I Credit.

    Lunch is included.

    • 29 Aug 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Catawba College, Salisbury, NC

    Save the date for a new event just for classroom teachers! 

    In partnership with the Center for the Environment, EENC is planning a full day of professional development for current and future classroom teachers.  Join us for a wide sampling of EE curricula, get lessons and you can take home for your classroom, and make connections with like-minded teachers and educators from across the state.

    Event will be eligible for EE Certification Credit and CEU's.

    More details and registration information coming soon!

Past events

13 Feb 2020 Red Wolf Education Center Tour (Eastern Section Event)
12 Feb 2020 Approaches and Tools to Build and Inclusive Workplace and Movement (NAAEE Webinar)
25 Jan 2020 Culturally Relevant EE - Greensboro
13 Dec 2019 Community Engagement: Guidelines for Excellence Workshop - Raleigh
08 Dec 2019 Holiday GrEEn Crafting (Central Section Event)
20 Nov 2019 Conservation through the Lens of Religion (Green Teacher Webinar)
17 Nov 2019 Nature Book Club (Central Section Event)
15 Nov 2019 STRAWS Documentary and 30th Anniversary Celebration of Wake County Big Sweep (Central Section Event)
13 Nov 2019 Using Geocaching and Orienteering as Engaging Learning Tools (Green Teacher Webinar)
12 Nov 2019 Environmental Book Club - Being the Change: Live Well and Spark a Climate Revolution (Eastern Section Event)
02 Nov 2019 Equity and the Environment Workshop - Asheville
16 Oct 2019 Empower your students by solar-powering your school (Green Teacher Webinar)
13 Oct 2019 Haunting at Harris Event & Wagon Ride (Central Section Event)
11 Oct 2019 Guidelines for Excellence Train-the-Trainer - Greensboro
19 Sep 2019 EENC 2019 Conference: MemorEEs Make Us
05 Sep 2019 Be a Star Conference Presenter: Design a Session That Reflects How People Learn Best (NAAEE Webinar)
31 Aug 2019 Kituwah Mound and Clingman's Dome (Western Section Event)
28 Aug 2019 Social at Trophy Brewing (Central Section Event)
15 Aug 2019 Guidelines for Excellence Workshop - Salisbury
06 Aug 2019 Guidelines for Excellence Workshop - Wilmington
28 Jul 2019 Nature Book Club: The Soul of an Octopus (Central Section Event)
26 Jul 2019 Science on Tap (Western Section Event)
14 Jul 2019 Social at Cavendish Brewery (Piedmont Section Event)
02 Jul 2019 Environmental Education and Indigenous Knowledge (NAAEE Webinar)
22 Jun 2019 Summer Potluck (Western Section Event)
06 Jun 2019 NC Symphony - Vivaldi’s Four Seasons (Central Section Event)
23 May 2019 Statewide Evaluations for Collective Impact (NAAEE Webinar)
19 May 2019 Nature Book Club (Central Section Event)
26 Apr 2019 City Nature Challenge
22 Apr 2019 Mission Monday with Cabarrus Brewing (Piedmont Section Event)
17 Apr 2019 Inspiring Conservation Action (NAAEE Webinar)
10 Apr 2019 Secrets to Snagging Great Science Partners (Green Teacher Webinar)
27 Mar 2019 Bird-focused Citizen Science (Green Teacher Webinar)
24 Mar 2019 Nature Book Club: A Walk around the Pond (Central Section Event)
21 Mar 2019 Connecting People to Nature (NAAEE Webinar)
06 Mar 2019 Mindfulness and Creative Nature Play (Green Teacher Webinar)
28 Feb 2019 2019 NCAEEC Annual Meeting and EENC Mini Conference
21 Feb 2019 Research Watch: Exploring Real-World Data in the Classroom and Beyond! (NAAEE Webinar)
20 Feb 2019 Day of Advocacy for EE
13 Feb 2019 Using Progressive Skits to Teach Food Chains (Green Teacher Webinar)
07 Feb 2019 Science Trivia @ NC Museum of Natural Sciences (Central Section Event)
29 Jan 2019 Embedding Environmental Justice and Equity into Your Work (NAAEE Webinar)

Environmental Educators of North Carolina

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

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