N.C. Office of Environmental Education and Public Affairs

N.C. Office of Environmental Education and Public Affairs State office of Environmental Education & Public Affairs. Posts to are subject to the N.C. Public Records Law and may be disclosed to third parties.

The environmental education section of the N.C. Office of Environmental Education and Public Affairs in the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality was established to increase environmental literacy and natural resource stewardship in North Carolina by encouraging, promoting and supporting environmental education programs, facilities and resources throughout the state. The office is responsible for implementing the N.C. Environmental Education Act, drafting the state’s Environmental Education Plan and establishing policies to guide environmental education material and program development. Office staff manage the popular N.C. Environmental Education Certification Program and serve as liaisons to the N.C. Department of Public Instruction.

Today’s #NCMuseumsUnlocked is the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. Museum enthusiasts, please share your image...
05/04/2020

Today’s #NCMuseumsUnlocked is the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. Museum enthusiasts, please share your images and memories of what makes this a great destination for you!!!

Today's featured museum is the North Carolina Museum of Art! Museum enthusiasts - your challenge, should you choose to a...
05/01/2020

Today's featured museum is the North Carolina Museum of Art! Museum enthusiasts - your challenge, should you choose to accept it: post on Facebook or retweet photos and/or videos on Twitter of the NC Museum of Art using the hashtag #NCMuseumsUnlocked to help build a visitor-generated virtual visit.

#NCMuseumsUnlocked shifts back to the coast with a trio of amazing NC Maritime Museums @NCMaritimes - Graveyard of the A...
04/30/2020

#NCMuseumsUnlocked shifts back to the coast with a trio of amazing NC Maritime Museums @NCMaritimes - Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum, North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort and North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport! If you've ever visited any of these three, please share your memories with the hashtag. Dredge up those photos & videos and please share as part of our virtual tour!

Today's featured museum is the Asheville Museum of Science.  Please share your photos, videos and memories. Museums thro...
04/29/2020

Today's featured museum is the Asheville Museum of Science. Please share your photos, videos and memories.

Museums throughout NC have done the incredibly hard work of setting up exhibits & programming & curating their collections. #NCMuseumsUnlocked is a challenge for YOU, MUSEUM-GOERS, to open the doors of your favorite museums, giving all of us a chance to visit virtually.

https://ashevillescience.org

The Schiele Museum of Natural History is today’s #NCmuseumunlocked stop! Have you been to the Schiele Museum? Share your...
04/28/2020

The Schiele Museum of Natural History is today’s #NCmuseumunlocked stop! Have you been to the Schiele Museum? Share your favorite picture!

https://www.schielemuseum.org

#NCMuseumsUnlocked starts Monday, April 27. Being "stuck" at home doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy some of our favorite NC mu...
04/28/2020

#NCMuseumsUnlocked starts Monday, April 27. Being "stuck" at home doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy some of our favorite NC museums. We can - via VIRTUAL VISITS!

But to do this, we NEED YOUR HELP!

Round up your photos, your friends’ photos, pass the word far and wide and share them on Facebook and Twitter!

04/22/2020
Kristin Cooper, First Lady of North Carolina

Kristin Cooper, First Lady of North Carolina

We have special guests today in honor of #NCEarthDay50! Secretary Michael S. Regan of the NC Dept of Environmental Quality and his son Matthew join us to read "The Salamander Room," by Anne Mazer. Read along with us! #AtHomeWithFLONC 📚🌎💚

As part of the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day, NC Dept of Environmental Quality's  Secretary Michael Regan spoke with Lib...
04/22/2020

As part of the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day, NC Dept of Environmental Quality's Secretary Michael Regan spoke with Libbie Dobbs-Alexander, a Certified Environmental Educator and the ecoEXPLORE Coordinator at The North Carolina Arboretum in Asheville about engaging youth in the outdoors during COVID-19 and her thoughts on Earth Day. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JsQOW4xImL4

In this #NCEarthDay50 conversation, NC Dept of Environmental Quality Secretary Michael Regan got a park professional per...
04/22/2020

In this #NCEarthDay50 conversation, NC Dept of Environmental Quality Secretary Michael Regan got a park professional perspective from NC Certified Environmental Educator Michael Romano with Greensboro Parks and Recreation on continuing programs and recognizing Earth Day during COVID-19. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RmBTsiPLtHA

NC Dept of Environmental Quality Secretary Michael Regan speaks with Ballentine Elementary School teacher and Certified ...
04/22/2020

NC Dept of Environmental Quality Secretary Michael Regan speaks with Ballentine Elementary School teacher and Certified Environmental Educator Kathy Wall on how she continues to engage students with the outdoors during COVID-19, and her thoughts of the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YaF0YWAO8aI&feature=emb_logo #NCEarthDay50 #NCEnviroEducators

"In our rush to complete multiple tasks for fear of missing out on life, we are perhaps missing the most central premise...
04/22/2020
NC DEQ: Creativity, Technology and Stewardship: The Legacy of Aldo Leopold on the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day

"In our rush to complete multiple tasks for fear of missing out on life, we are perhaps missing the most central premise of what it means to be human. to feel a sense of belonging simply by being present and in nature." Jonathan Marchal, Director of Education at The North Carolina Arboretum.

Ready Jonathan's Earth Day refection: https://deq.nc.gov/blog/2020-04-21/creativity-technology-and-stewardship-legacy-aldo-leopold-50th-anniversary-earth-day

On this day, the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, we often miss a narrative that is just as crucial as considering mankind’s negative impacts on the environment. I believe this sentiment first entered my consciousness in high school when my father suggested I read “A Sand County Almanac” by Aldo...

"As Earth Day celebrates its first 50 years, we celebrate all the actions in conservation leading up to and after April ...
04/22/2020
NC DEQ: 50th Anniversary of Earth Day Personal Reflection

"As Earth Day celebrates its first 50 years, we celebrate all the actions in conservation leading up to and after April 22, 1970. Until now, it was someone else’s job, concern or ambition to lead others in the care of our planet. Those people who felt their sense of place strongly and acted on the urge to protect what they loved. Now is our time and what we do in the next 50 years is our gift for the next generations to inherit and dream about. Will they go to sleep, as I do, wondering what wild place they will be transported to? Will they wish we did better?" Amy Renfranz, President of Environmental Educators of North Carolina and teacher at Lees-McRae College

Read Amy's Earth Day Reflection: https://deq.nc.gov/blog/2020-04-21/50th-anniversary-earth-day-personal-reflection

I dream in ecosystems, dreams that began when I was young and learning the world through my senses. An early memory, visited still once a week, is feeling warm and happy while fishing for catfish along Lettuce Creek. My sister and brother are with me. The water is stained red by the tannins produced...

"Everyone has connections to the outdoors but they are all diverse just like our Earth. We all have different experience...
04/22/2020
NC DEQ: Earth Day Reflection

"Everyone has connections to the outdoors but they are all diverse just like our Earth. We all have different experiences with outdoors and all of these experiences should be acknowledged to continue the work in the future." Ti'Era Worsley UNC Greensboro doctoral student, NC Certified Environmental Educator #NCEarthDay50 #NCEnviroEducators🌎

Read Ti'Era's Earth Day reflection: https://deq.nc.gov/blog/2020-04-21/earth-day-reflection

The Earth is one of the most majestic and beautiful creations of artwork that exist, from the highest mountain ridges to the lowest depths of the sea. As a child I would go outside daily and appreciate everything it offered me. I loved car rides watching the Pine trees dance in the wind and going to...

Celebrate #NCEarthDay50 with reflections from North Carolina Environmental Educators on what Earth Day means to them. Es...
04/22/2020

Celebrate #NCEarthDay50 with reflections from North Carolina Environmental Educators on what Earth Day means to them. Essays by and Amy Renfranz, President of Environmental Educators of North Carolina and teacher at Lees-McRae College, Jonathan Marchal, Director of Education at The North Carolina Arboretum and Ti'Era Worsley, Doctoral Student at UNC Greensboro https://deq.nc.gov/outreach-education/earth-day-2020

As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, we want to thank you, the environmental educators who dedicate your l...
04/22/2020

As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, we want to thank you, the environmental educators who dedicate your lives to increasing environmental literacy and inspiring environmental stewardship.

As we work together for cleaner air and water and the protection of our natural resources, COVID-19 has provided us a unique position to reflect on our environmental past and future.

While the pandemic has isolated us from others, it has brought us closer to the nature in our own communities and backyards.

More than ever we experience the connected nature of humans and the environment and appreciate the importance of environmental educators in making those connections.

On this anniversary let us reflect and learn from our past and celebrate the progress we have made since the first Earth Day.

I hope you will take a moment to celebrate Earth Day with these inspiring words from environmental educators and leaders in North Carolina: https://deq.nc.gov/outreach-education/earth-day-2020

Thank you for your important work.

04/20/2020
Libbie Dobbs Alexander Env Ed Certification 04202020

In a special #NCEarthDay50 series, our NC Dept of Environmental Quality Secretary Michael Regan spoke with 3 recently certified Environmental Educators as a way to recognize #NCEnviroEducators across the state. First up is Libbie Dobbs-Alexander, educator at The North Carolina Arboretum 🌎5⃣0⃣ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8nQkGlJga2w

DEQ Secretary Michael S Regan congratulates Libbie Dobbs -Alexander of The North Carolina Arboretum for completing the NC Environmental Educator certificatio...

Time for another #NCEarthDay50 #NCEnviroEducators highlight! Cassie Skrutowski is still early in her career, but has alr...
04/17/2020

Time for another #NCEarthDay50 #NCEnviroEducators highlight! Cassie Skrutowski is still early in her career, but has already covered the North Carolina coast, mountains and piedmont with volunteering and seasonal work that led to her current educator position at Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Reedy Creek Park and Nature Center She's a UNCW AND NC State Department of Forestry & Environmental Resources grad too!

Has your environmental education career journey taken you across North Carolina? Please share your stories too with #NCEnviroEducators.

Well deserved #NCEnviroEducators #NCEarthDay50 shout out...Randy Senzig taught environmental science for 27 years, and t...
04/15/2020

Well deserved #NCEnviroEducators #NCEarthDay50 shout out...Randy Senzig taught environmental science for 27 years, and that was just the beginning. He co-founded and now operates the Center for Human-Earth Restoration with his wife Iris. https://www.centerforhuman-earthrestoration.com/

🌍5️⃣0️⃣ Through #NCEarthDay50 on April 22nd, we're honoring environmental educators and teachers who share nature with u...
04/15/2020

🌍5️⃣0️⃣ Through #NCEarthDay50 on April 22nd, we're honoring environmental educators and teachers who share nature with us. Today's #NCEnviroEducators shout out is for Aaron Sebens, teacher at Central Park School for Children in Durham. In 2015 when Aaron's 4th grade classroom became solar powered, it was profiled by the US Department of Energy in this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8lGjOtIQ1YQ and he is also featured in our EE Certifcation Program video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w0QQtF-IS6M&feature=youtu.be

04/14/2020
Catawba Science Center

Environmental Education Centers and programs, a way to help teachers and caregivers at home is to do short instructional videos like this one and share across your social media platforms. Many of you are doing this already, so please share them with us with the #NCBackYardNature tag on Facebook and Twitter. Even shorter ones, like a 20 or 30 second plant, animal or rock ID may be fun and helpful as people explore their backyards and other "near-by nature"

Our CSC Educator Erin visits a creek to check out what wildlife she can find! 🌱 Visiting your nearby creek is a great way for all ages to enjoy some outside time!

https://youtu.be/Ri5RseRHxXQ

#NCEarthDay50 #NCBackyardNature

04/14/2020
NC Museum of Natural Sciences at Whiteville

NC Museum of Natural Sciences at Whiteville

Join the City Nature Challenge and your whole family can be part of a worldwide effort to collectively observe as many living things as possible between April 24 and 27. Watch this short video to learn how to get started making observations today on the free iNaturalist app with Education Specialist Meredith Morgan!
Join the City Nature Challenge: Coastal Plain to share your observations and see what others have documented in their own backyards.
#NCEarthDay50 #NCBackyardNature #NCLearnAtHome

🌍5️⃣0️⃣ Through #NCEarthDay50 on April 22nd, we're honoring environmental educators and teachers who share nature with u...
04/13/2020
Educator Spotlight: Megan Chesser

🌍5️⃣0️⃣ Through #NCEarthDay50 on April 22nd, we're honoring environmental educators and teachers who share nature with us. Today's #NCEnviroEducators shout out is Megan Davis, Teacher Education Specialist at North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences and also a NC Dept of Environmental Quality Certified Environmental Educator. https://teachablemomentsnc.blogspot.com/2017/06/educator-spotlight-megan-chesser.html

Megan Chesser, teacher education specialist with the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences recently earned her North Carolina Environmental Edu...

A shout out to Environmental Educators of North Carolina Board Member and North Carolina Certified Environmental Educato...
04/07/2020

A shout out to Environmental Educators of North Carolina Board Member and North Carolina Certified Environmental Educator, Trent Stanforth. Read more about Trent's journey in environmental education. #NCEnviroEducators #NCEarthDay50 https://eenc.wildapricot.org/news/7501937

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, post your North Carolina Back Yard Nature Finds. Leading up to Eart...
04/03/2020

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, post your North Carolina Back Yard Nature Finds. Leading up to Earth Day, we are encouraging educators, parents, caregivers and students to post photos of their backyard nature using #NCBackyardNature and mentioning @northcarolinaee in Twitter, Facebook and Instagram posts.

Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day in North Carolina. Right now, all North Carolinians are concerned about heal...
04/01/2020

Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day in North Carolina.

Right now, all North Carolinians are concerned about health, safety and economic well-being as we weather the challenges of the current state of emergency.

Many of our celebrations and activities in recognition of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day have been canceled, so the Office of Environmental Education and Public Affairs has decided to celebrate our state’s environmental educators online. We plan to highlight educators and the nature we can find in our own backyard throughout the month of April and on Earth Day, April 22.

Leading up to Earth Day, we will be encouraging educators, parents, caregivers and students to post photos of their backyard nature using common hashtags and mentioning @northcarolinaee in Twitter, Facebook and Instagram posts. We also encourage you to do a shout out to your favorite environmental educators and teachers in North Carolina.

We hope this will encourage everyone who is able to get outdoors and it will allow us to come together online as a community to celebrate the incredible natural resources and environmental educators in North Carolina. In your outdoor adventures, we encourage you to maintain safe practices, social distancing and to follow all state and local COVID-19 directives.

When posting to Twitter, Facebook or Instagram, please use the following hashtags: #NCEarthDay50, #NCBackyardNature and #NCEnviroEducators and feel free to use the attached image.

Please join us in recognizing the educators and natural resources that make our state so unique.

Hello all, in case you are not on our listserv or other platforms, please know that we've been working on ways of keepin...
03/23/2020
NC Environmental Education

Hello all, in case you are not on our listserv or other platforms, please know that we've been working on ways of keeping the NC environmental education certification participants engaged. We also want to provide easy-to-use resources for parents and caregivers now entertaining and educating kids at home. We're carefully curating a searchable database with professional development and support for adults in the field as well as online resources for remote instruction and fun learning, many with a NC-connection. Click or tap the banner on our website then select "COVID-19 Education Support" under Resource Type.

https://www.eenorthcarolina.org/

Our special Women's History Month #LunchTimeDiscovery series begins this Wednesday, 3/4/2020! Check our events page and ...
03/02/2020

Our special Women's History Month #LunchTimeDiscovery series begins this Wednesday, 3/4/2020! Check our events page and https://www.eenorthcarolina.org/resources/videos-and-livestreams-lunchtime-lecture-series for updates, information and how to sign up for reminders. First up is "Transplanting Traditions – Connecting Cultures through Farming and Food" with Transplanting Traditions – Connecting Cultures through Farming and Food" with
Kelly Owensby, Founder and Executive Director of Transplanting Traditions Community Farm https://www.transplantingtraditions.org/

NC Emergency Management
02/26/2020

NC Emergency Management

Gov’s Task Force Encourages North Carolinians to Increase Preparedness Measures for COVID-19. There are currently no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in NC. Now is the time for businesses, schools, health care providers, communities and individuals to prepare.

https://www.ncdps.gov/news/press-releases/2020/02/26/governor%E2%80%99s-task-force-encourages-north-carolinians-increase

NC Department of Health and Human Services
North Carolina Department of Public Safety

If you missed our #BlackHistoryMonth #LunchTimeDiscovery on February 19th, don't worry. It's been archived. Watch Bill K...
02/24/2020
Warren County North Carolina - Birth of the Environmental Justice Movement - from Live from The Daily Planet

If you missed our #BlackHistoryMonth #LunchTimeDiscovery on February 19th, don't worry. It's been archived. Watch Bill Kearney & Wayne Moseley discuss their direct involvement in the early environmental justice movement. "Warren County, NC–Birth of the Environmental Justice Movement" https://livestream.com/naturalsciences/dailyplanet/videos/202069655

This series is sponsored by the NC Dept of Environmental Quality Diversity & Inclusion Committee, the N.C. Office of Environmental Education and Public Affairs & the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.

Live from The Daily Planet by North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences on Livestream - Livestream.com

Never get tired of seeing this view.
02/19/2020

Never get tired of seeing this view.

From atop Grandfather Mountain, the Charlotte skyline is seen rising above the horizon on a crisp winter day, some 80 miles away as the crow flies.

Photo by Monty Combs | Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation

Recommended... Our NC Dept of Environmental Quality colleagues at the Division of Environmental Assistance and Customer ...
02/17/2020

Recommended... Our NC Dept of Environmental Quality colleagues at the Division of Environmental Assistance and Customer Service (DEACS) have this excellent recycling awareness campaign. Like their page and see http://www.recyclemorenc.org/index.html for great information and resources. http://www.recyclemorenc.org/index.html #RecycleRightNC

Flat things are perceived as paper by the recycling sorting machines. Put that lid in the trash! #RecycleRightNC

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The North American Association for Environmental Education is having an annual conference in Puerto Rico October 18 to 21 and there are scholarships to attend!