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

    • 27 Nov 2018
    • 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

    NAAEE Monthly Webinar: Social Justice in Schools

    Tuesday, November 27, 2018, 3:00-4:00 Eastern

    Please join us on Tuesday, November 27, 2018 from 3:00-4:00 Eastern for NAAEE's monthly webinar series! We will hear from Sydney Chaffee(link is external), 2017 National Teacher of the Year. In her own words, she believes "Social justice belongs in our schools. Each of our students deserves access to a transformative, equitable education. Teachers are experts in education. Vulnerability is brave."

    If you are unable to join the live session - never fear! Anyone who registers will receive the recorded webinar via email!



    Sydney Chaffee


    Sydney Chaffee is a National Board Certified Teacher with a passion for helping diverse learners grow through authentic, relevant, interdisciplinary curricula. Sydney believes that education is an essential tool to work towards social justice. It can transform students’ self-perceptions and arm them to fight for a more just world. Throughout the school year, Sydney and her students seek to answer big questions: What is justice? How have people resisted injustice throughout history? What power do people have to change the world?

    Sydney decided to become a teacher after being inspired by her professors at Sarah Lawrence College, who lit intellectual fires in her with great books and powerful questions. After earning her B.A. from Sarah Lawrence in 2005, Sydney moved to Boston to become a National Teaching Fellow at Citizen Schools’ 8th Grade Academy, where she learned to infuse the hard work of teaching and learning with joy. As part of her work at Citizen Schools, Sydney also coordinated the Boston Public Library’s Homework Assistance Program and earned an M.Ed. from Lesley University in 2007.

    Since 2007, Sydney has been the ninth grade Humanities teacher at Codman Academy Charter Public School. Sydney believes that intelligence is not fixed; all students can learn with appropriate supports and challenges. Her students build literacy skills through a unique partnership with Boston’s Huntington Theatre Company that culminates in a play set during a historical era students have studied. Students also internalize and apply what they have learned through collaborative projects, including a mock trial based on South Africa’s post-apartheid Truth and Reconciliation Commission and regular class discussions about complex texts.

    In addition to teaching, Sydney has served as Humanities Department Chair, co-coordinator of a weekly all-school Community Circle, and a mentor teacher for pre-service teachers from Tufts University and Boston University. Outside of school, Sydney was a part-time faculty member at Boston University’s School of Education, a TeachPlus Policy Fellow, an EdX Policy Fellow, and facilitator of a Boston Educators Collaborative course that brought together teachers from district, charter, and parochial schools to collaborate on curriculum design.

    In the spring and summer of 2013, Sydney worked as a consultant on EL Education’s curriculum design project, collaborating with educators from across the country to write 8th grade curricular modules. Since their publication, these curricula have been downloaded more than 3 million times and implemented by over 1,000 schools nationwide.

    As 2017 Massachusetts Teacher of the Year, Sydney appreciated the opportunity to collaborate with her colleagues across the state, advocate for the profession to be elevated and respected, and continue to learn from her students. As 2017 National Teacher of the Year, she was able to speak to a wider audience about the value of public education for all students, the possibilities of integrating arts education into traditional academic disciplines, the importance of teacher learning, and the role of education in social justice movements.

    Sydney lives in Massachusetts with her husband, Matt; daughter, Zoe; and many, many books.

    • 13 Dec 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Thursday, December 13, EE Professional Development Workshop - Morning Session: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion - Afternoon Session: Evaluation, N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences Nature Research Center, 4th floor

    To register: email Lauren at

    9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Session, Queta González from The Center for Diversity & the Environment

    The Center for Diversity & the Environment’s mission is to harness the power of racial and ethnic diversity to transform the U.S. environmental movement by developing leaders, catalyzing change within institutions, and building alliances. Join Queta Gonzalez in creating a space for dialogue and exploring the gifts of equity, diversity, and inclusion. This workshop is designed to meet participants wherever they are on the path to cultural competency, and clarify how diversity, equity, and inclusion creates resilience in the field of EE and the world. 

    Gloria Anzaldúa said, “I change myself, I change the world.” Transforming systems to address equity, inclusion and diversity starts at the individual level. If we seek effective and lasting change within our organizations, our communities, and across the environmental movement, each of us must be willing to begin with the most important and potentially challenging work: ourselves. This workshop is designed for those who are interested in exploring the rationale for equity, diversity and inclusion in environmental education.

    Developing your personal and organizational “why” for equity, diversity and inclusion is an evolving process and one that supports individuals and organization in the transformational work of equity, diversity and inclusion. We will move from the “why” to strategies for strengthening your equity, diversity and inclusion efforts.

    Workshop is free thanks to support from NAAEE.  Breakfast and lunch are on your own.

Past events

30 Oct 2018 A Community Pathway to Stewardship (Green Teacher Webinar)
22 Oct 2018 Feeding Plants to Feed the World (Green Teacher Webinar)
17 Oct 2018 Why Learn About Insects? (Green Teacher Webinar)
22 Sep 2018 Rumbling Bald and Beers - Western Section Event
19 Sep 2018 Presentations for Impact (NAAEE Webinar)
15 Sep 2018 Central Section Book Club: Sting of the Wild
23 Aug 2018 Salamaders and Suds - Western Section Event
21 Aug 2018 NAAEE Webinar: Evaluating and Improving Out Impact on Behavior Change
29 Jul 2018 Central Section: Nature Book Club
24 Jul 2018 New Ideas for Sustainability, Social Theories, and More (NAAEE Webinar)
28 Jun 2018 Advancing EE and the Children and Nature Movement: Bringing Research to Life (NAAEE Webinar)
15 Jun 2018 Central Section Meetup: Scrappy Hour DIY Garden Art + Decor
15 Jun 2018 Piedmont-Western Section Mini-conference
30 Apr 2018 Science Standards (NGSS) and EE in Schools (NAAEE Webinar)
27 Apr 2018 City Nature Challenge (Piedmont Section Event)
21 Apr 2018 Statewide Star Party
21 Apr 2018 A Time for Science Earth Day
20 Apr 2018 Family Star Party Gathering
15 Apr 2018 EENC Nature Book Club "Wicked Plants" Field Trip
25 Mar 2018 Nature Book Club (Central Section Event)
20 Mar 2018 Disruptive Storytelling: How to Go Beyond Hero, Victim, Villain (NAAEE Webinar)
17 Mar 2018 A Time for Science Expo (Eastern Section Event)
01 Mar 2018 Science Trivia at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences (Central Section Event)
22 Feb 2018 STRAWS: A Screening and Panel Discussion (Central Section Event)
10 Feb 2018 NAAEE Guidelines for Excellence in Environmental Education Workshop (Piedmont Section Event)
30 Jan 2018 How to Win the Internet and Influence People: Using Real Stories to Combat Fake News
30 Oct 2017 Telling Your Story with Maps (Green Teacher Webinar)
25 Oct 2017 Eco-system Monitoring Programs (Green Teacher Webinar)
18 Oct 2017 NAAEE Conference
29 Sep 2017 EENC 2017 Conference
27 Sep 2017 Best Practices in School Gardens (Green Teacher Webinar)
24 Jul 2017 Excellence in Environmental Education: The NAAEE Guidelines
13 May 2017 Naturalist Rally (Central Section Event)
09 May 2017 Introducing NAAEE's Guidelines for Excellence in Community Engagement (NAAEE Webinar)
25 Apr 2017 Wild Contagious Hope (NAAEE Webinar)
22 Sep 2016 An Evening with Richard Louv

Environmental Educators of North Carolina

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Chapel Hill, NC 27515-4904

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