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We provide professional development for NC's environmental educators.
Did you grow up catching fireflies, playing in the creek, or building a fort in your yard?
Most children in today’s world won’t, which means that when they grow up, they may not have a vested interest in protecting our natural resources and natural spaces. Environmental educators across North Carolina are working to change that, and we need your help.
Environmental education (EE) is a learning process that increases knowledge, develops skills, and fosters commitment to empower learners to make informed decisions and take responsible action. It teaches people how to think – not what to think – about the environment.
The Environmental Educators of North Carolina (EENC) grew from the desire of environmental educators across North Carolina to meet and share their experiences, aspirations, and tools. Since its inception in 1990, EENC has grown into something much greater. Our organization represents a network of outstanding environmental educators, individuals, and organizations who work together to accomplish our core mission: to build connections, provide professional development, and promote excellence in environmental education.
With your help, EENC will:
- Launch a new online Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion course. This new 10-hour online training will help educators across North Carolina provide more equitable and inclusive learning experiences for all students and learners.
- Expand professional development offerings, including new online courses and in-person events as soon as it is safely possible to do so to help educators build their skills so that they can continue to provide high quality environmental education for students across our state – even if it looks a little different than it did before the pandemic.
- Work at a systems level to support the field of environmental education. We will advocate to advance our field at the state level and collaborate with other partners across the southeast on joint projects so that more students have access to environmental education – and that more educators can afford to stay employed in the field!
Will you help support the education we need for the world we want?
The Environmental Educators of North Carolina are working to change the world so that:
- All learners participating in environmental education programs in North Carolina feel welcome and engaged.
- All North Carolinians have the knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed to make informed decisions and take responsible action to make North Carolina – and its environment – a better place.
- Environmental education is recognized and embraced in North Carolina for the value it brings both people and our planet.
Children and adults need to know how ecological systems work and why they matter. The health of the environment is inseparable from humans’ well-being and economic prosperity. People require knowledge, tools and awareness to successfully address and solve environmental problems in their daily lives. And more than ever, we are all becoming increasingly aware of the systemic inequities that impact almost every aspect of our society.
Since the rise of COVID-19, EENC has worked tirelessly to support those who provide the education we need for the world we want. A few of our efforts last year included:
- Creating the first online workshops in the nation for the K-12 Environmental Education and Professional Development Guidelines for Excellence, helping over 110 educators across eight workshops hone their practice and programs to national standards for high-quality EE programming.
- Launched community call and webinar series, providing over 2000 educators the opportunity to connect and learn from one another as we all negotiate the rapidly changing educational needs in our state.
- Convening active working groups to address critical needs in our field. Over 20 educators on a diversity, equity, and inclusion action team helped revise EENC’s operations, external communications, and procedures through bi-weekly meetings to help us become a more equitable and inclusive organization. With partners at the NC Office of Environmental Education, we united more than 30 thought leaders from across the state to identify and prioritize the actions needed for environmental education to thrive beyond this pandemic.
Will you help please support this critical work?
As a learner, teacher, parent, or community member, you can play a crucial role in helping today’s students become tomorrow’s champions.
- This topic was modified 1 year ago by florackl.