REI celebrates NC Parks!

REI Community Night: Celebrating NC State Parks Centennial

Friday, April 22, 2016  6:30 PM  –  8:30 PM

Charlotte REI 

Course overview

Join REI Charlotte for a members only community night event celebrating our North Carolina State Parks Centennial! Park rangers from Crowders Mountain State Park, Lake Norman State Park and Morrow Mountain State Park will share what makes their parks special. Join REI and discover the amazing natural resources and opportunities that await you, all within an hour of Charlotte. After presentations, REI will celebrate the NC State Parks 100th birthday with cake and light refreshments. After the break, REI will show the 30 minute film, “Here in This Place,” a celebration of North Carolina State Parks. Afterwards, participants will have the opportunity to see how they can get involved and help ensure that the parks will be around for another 100 years!

NC State Parks Photo Scavenger Hunt Challenge

NC State Parks Photo Scavenger Hunt Challenge

Between now and Earth Day (April 22nd), collect 12 photos in a state park from the scavenger hunt list and win great prizes like a free night camping, REI Gift Cards, a new tent.


Find the complete rules and scavenger hunt list at the web site:

Then just email your photos and contact info to<>

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** The NC State Parks Photo Scavenger Hunt was a project of an Outdoor Nation team and the Friends of North Carolina State Parks

2015 EENC Western Section Mini-Conference

2015 Western Section Mini-Conference

Environmental Educators of North Carolina Western Section Mini-Conference 2015 Western Section Mini-ConferenceFriday, February 6, 2015 at Chimney Rock Park at Chimney Rock State Park

EENC recognizes that not everyone can attend our annual conference, so we are providing a day long mini-conference for EENC Members, Teachers, and Non-formal educators. This networking and professional development opportunity is not to be missed!

Member Cost: $10.00, Student Member Cost $5.00, Non-member cost: $20.00 — lunch and snacks will be included

Mini-Conference Schedule

9:00 Gates Open, Check-in

9:30 Introduction and Vocal Warm-Up Activities

10:00 Session 1
Outdoor Pavilion-“Getting Your Nature Connection On” -Karan Barber

Indoor Classroom-“Developing Curriculum Based EE Programs and Field Trips”-Tom Randolph

11:00 Session 2
Outdoor Pavilion-“Using Children’s Books to get Students Excited About Nature” Kat Scala and Dottie Schuman

Indoor Classroom-“Bones in a Bottle: An examination of roadside litter as a source of small mammal mortality, and as an alternative to owl pellets”-Patrick Brannon

12:00 Lunch

1:00 Session 3-Outdoors
“The Hickory Nut Gorge Eco system and Winter Tree ID”–Ron Lance
“The Geology of Chimney Rock”–Anthony Love

2:30 Session 4-Outdoors
“The Hickory Nut Gorge Eco system and Winter Tree ID”–Ron Lance
“The Geology of Chimney Rock”– Anthony Love

4:00 Closing Activity, Form-B

4:15 Additional Self-Guided Exploration (optional)

The Mini-Conference is an great opportunity to work on Criteria II or Criteria III of your EE Certification Portfolio.

EENC is offering a limited number of scholarships of $100.00 to Classroom Teachers to help pay for associated costs (substitutes, travel, etc.).

2015 Western Section Mini-Conference.

2015 Western Section Mini-Conference.