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Educator Workshop: NAAEE Guidelines to Professional Development

August 19, 2023 @10:00 am - 4:00 pm


Professional Development of Environmental Educators: Guidelines for Excellence is a set of recommendations about the basic knowledge and abilities educators need to provide high quality environmental education. These guidelines are designed to apply within college/university environmental education programs, to the professional development of educators who work in both formal and non-formal educational settings, to full-time environmental educators, and to those for whom environmental education will be among other responsibilities.

Through the National Project for Excellence in Environmental Education, the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) is taking the lead in establishing guidelines for the development of coherent and comprehensive environmental education materials and programs. These guidelines draw on our best thinking honed by scholars and practitioners across a variety of fields and settings, including formal and non-formal education, curriculum development, instructional design, early childhood education, and adult education. This workshop is facilitated by Michelle Pierce of Environmental Educators of North Carolina.

NC EE Certification Credit: Criteria I, 6 hours and CEU credit are available.

Registration: $15 for EENC members/$20 for non-members. Limited to 25 participants. Click here to register on the EENC website beginning July 1.

What to Bring?
Your time will be spent indoors and outdoors and all programs are held rain, snow or shine. You should be prepared for a variety of mountain weather conditions and temperatures. Appropriate clothing, equipment, and footwear are very important. Please bring a daypack with enough room to carry extra clothing (i.e., extra layers, rain gear), water, lunch, notepad/paper, pen/pencil, etc. Attendees are asked to bring their own lunch, although there is a restaurant on site.

Additional information
Educational Experience Forms will be available for certification hours and Continuing Education Credit for the instructor to sign off on. Grandfather Mountain may also serve as Criteria III – Site visit hours, but these hours must be gained outside of the time that the workshop takes place (i.e., prior to or after the workshop). Staff will be available to sign off on these site visit forms.

About Grandfather Mountain Educator Workshops
Grandfather Mountain’s Educator Workshop series invites educators to take advantage of the mountain’s classroom in the clouds. This is an opportunity to learn and have fun, while earning certification as an environmental educator in North Carolina. These programs offer credits with Criteria I, II and III programs. All workshops take place at Grandfather Mountain and may include some walking, so participants are encouraged to bring appropriate footwear and be prepared for inclement weather. Learn more about this year’s lineup.


August 19, 2023
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Linville, NC 28646 United States
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