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#EENC2024: Imagining SustainablE FuturEs

SAVE THE DATE: EENC's 2024 conference will be held September 13th and 14th at Catawba College in Salisbury, with pre-conference workshops taking place on the 12th. 

We thank the Catawba College Center for the Environment for their generous in-kind facility donation for our conference sessions and gatherings!

2024 Conference Theme:

The 2024 conference theme is Imagining SustainablE FuturEs. During the conference, we will examine present day issues to explore the future of environmental education in North Carolina. Through capacity building, engagement, and practical innovation we will dream big about what environmental education can look like and build skills for how we get there. 


2024 Conference Session Strands:

  • The Future of Community Engagement: Environmental education (EE) can take place anywhere and involve anyone. This track will explore how EE can empower students through formal education, enable youth to be active contributors, and engage community members who are not typically represented in EE. Sessions will focus on the diverse ways EE can engage different audiences, such as visitor engagement, youth empowerment, higher education, adult education, and partnership projects.

  • The Future of Capacity Building: EE relies on the people and organizations that do the hard work. This track will delve into effective techniques for building capacity in organizations to promote growth, innovation, and sustainability. Examples include evaluation, strategic planning, facility management, and equitable pay and hiring practices.

  • The Future of Environmental Literacy: These sessions will examine what it means to be environmentally literate in 2024. How can we support environmental literacy in classrooms and beyond, and how might it be influenced by current issues? Topics include climate education, formal education, and systems thinking.

  • Research to Action: These presentations will highlight the research conducted by you and/or your organization in the field, as well as its practical applications. For instance, you might present the findings of a study on intergenerational learning and then discuss strategies for engaging audiences in such learning experiences.

  • Hands-On, Minds-On: These presentations will showcase practical activities, field skills, demonstrations, and walking workshops that exemplify the essence of EE. They are designed to be interactive and demonstrate both the 'what' and 'how' of EE. Examples include activity demonstrations, activity guides, and identification skills workshops.

About The Location:

Just an hour from both the Triad and Charlotte Metro areas, Catawba College is situated conveniently in the heart of EENC's Piedmont Section. Our gracious hosts at the Catawba College Center for the Environment are opening their campus to our community: we can't wait for you to enjoy their AASHE STARS Silver rated, carbon-neutral facility, as well as the neighboring college-owned Fred Stanback Jr. Ecological Preserve.

"Since its founding in 1996, the Center has led a living-learning laboratory for campus sustainability that provides hands-on environmental learning opportunities for Catawba’s students while helping them learn how to advocate for and lead positive environmental change.  The Center also serves as a research, convening and policy development hub for issues ranging from regional air and water quality to state and national environmental and energy policies.

The Center is housed in a stunning structure that emerges from a sloping stand of hardwood trees at the edge of the College's 189-acre ecological preserve.  Every aspect of the building embodies leading sustainability principles, which creates one of the most sought-after spaces for environmental gatherings in North Carolina." 

Additional conference information will be published here as it becomes available. Check back frequently for the latest details!

Estimated Release Dates:

  • Request for Session Proposals – April

  • Keynote Speaker Announcement – April

  • Award Nominations – May

  • Sponsorship Opportunities – May

  • Pre-Conference Workshops and Field Trips – May

  • Early Bird Registration – June

  • General Registration – July

  • Schedule – August

Previous Conferences

2022 Conference group photo.
2021 conference location shot – lake.

2023 Conference Sponsors

2nd Nature TREC logo.
Acorn Naturalists logo.
Duke Energy logo.
Sweet Sands of Salvo logo.

Duke Nicholas School of the Environment

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