EENC Conference


Mark your calendars and join us for the 32nd Annual Environmental Educators of North Carolina conference at Rockfish Camp & Retreat Center in Fayetteville, NC! This year’s conference will be held Friday, September 8th to Saturday, September 9th, 2023. Plan ahead now for pre-conference workshops, field trips, and more on Thursday, September 7th.

We are excited to announce that the 2023 conference theme is Unplug and rEEconnect. During the conference, we will delve deeper into what EE looks like in our state, the exciting and surprising places where EE is happening, and take time get outside and reconnect with the natural world.

Important Dates:

May 25th - Scholarship Applications Open

June 12th - Early Bird Registration Opens

June 14th - Session Presenters Notified

June 23rd – Award Nominations Close


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Photos via Rockfish Camp and Retreat Center

Keynote Speaker: Mallory McDuff

Mallory McDuff has seen the importance of incorporating local communities in conservation through the eyes of a small-town journalist, a Peace Corps volunteer, and an environmental educator with the World Wildlife Fund. McDuff is currently a Professor of Outdoor Leadership, and Environmental Studies Director of Environmental Education at Warren Wilson College. At Warren Wilson, McDuff collaborates with diverse community partners to learn together. As a well known author, McDuff shares her most recent book, Love Your Mother, bringing awareness to the conversations around the climate crisis. McDuff's words will light EENC's Community to engage in collective action toward a more sustainable future.

Sponsorships and Exhibitors

Will you help make the conference more affordable for attendees and support EENC's mission-driven work?  Want to share your program, business, or products with our conference attendees?  Learn more about conference sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities.

Award Nominations

Each year EENC publicly recognizes environmental educators, members, organizations, and partners for their valuable contributions to EENC, the North Carolina community, and to the field of environmental education.  Award nominations are open now until June 23rd.

Conference Scholarships

EENC offers scholarship funding based on both need and merit to make conference attendance more accessible for our community.  We provide general scholarships and Inclusion Scholarships.  For more information and to apply for a conference scholarship, click here.

Registration Information

Registration Types

Early bird registration will open June 12.  We have several conference registration options available:

  • Full Conference Registration - includes all concurrent and plenary sessions on Friday and Saturday, lunch and dinner on Friday, Friday evening keynote presentation, and lunch on Saturday
  • Friday Only Registrationincludes all concurrent and plenary sessions on Friday, lunch and dinner on Friday, and Friday evening keynote presentation
  • Saturday Only Registrationincludes all concurrent sessions Saturday and lunch on Saturday

We are still in the process of finalizing registration rates, but we anticipate full conference registration will be approximately $160-$180 for early bird registration, and $180-$200 for regular registration.  Members always receive a discount on conference registration!

Rockfish also offers a variety of on-site lodging options, including hotel-style rooms, bunkhouses, and camping.  Conference attendees can choose to stay onsite for two or three nights for an additional fee. Breakfast each day and Thursday evening dinner will be included for all attendees staying overnight. Lodging rates will be significantly influenced by the type of lodging selected, but we anticipate ranging from $40 for camping for to $410 for three nights in a single hotel-style room.

Session proposal informationRegistration Types

Each year we recruit proposals from our community to share experience, research, resources and expertise with our community at our annual conference. The 2023 Request for Proposals was open from April 15th to May 26th and is now closed. Approved session presenters will be notified by June 14th. 

Thanks to everyone who attended the 2022 conference!

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