The 27th EDEN Annual Meeting will be held September 21-24, 2021 in Raleigh, North Carolina. The host institutions of North Carolina State University and North Carolina A&T University, in conjunction with the EDEN Annual Meeting Committee look forward to seeing everyone for a week of professional development and fellowship.
To see materials from the 2020 virtual Annual Meeting, check the archived page in the resource dashboard found here.


Registration for the EDEN Annual Meeting is now open. Register at

Early Bird Registration Ends – August 1
Registration Deadline – September 1

Ticket Type 2021 Rate
Full Meeting Rate
Includes the entire conference (Wednesday and Thursday activities) including the Tuesday visit to Eastern North Carolina and the Friday training.
Full Meeting Rate (Early Discount through August 1)
Includes the entire conference (Wednesday and Thursday activities) including the Tuesday visit to Eastern North Carolina and the Friday training.
Meeting Only Rate
Includes the all conference activites on Wednesday and Thursday.
Early Bird Meeting Only Rate (Early Discount through August 1)
Includes the all conference activites on Wednesday and Thursday.
Single Day Registration N/A
Student $150
Spouse/Guest – Meals Only $150
Virtual $200
Day 1 Educational Excursion: Visit to Eastern North Carolina $50
Day 4 Training Session: Religious and Cultural Literacy and Competency in Disasters $40


Requests for refunds/cancellation must be made no later than August 23. Requests must be submitted to

Hotel Information

Embassy Suites Crabtree
4700 Creedmoor Road
Raleigh, North Carolina, 27612

The hotel is minutes from Crabtree Valley Mall. Raleigh-Durham International Airport and downtown Raleigh are just 15 minutes away. The hotel provides a free two-mile area shuttle and airport shuttle service, and has an indoor pool and fitness center. There is also a complimentary evening reception and free cooked-to-order breakfast daily. Room rate offered to meeting attendees is $149 per night.

Booking Link:

Group Name: Eden Annual Meeting
Rates Available – Arrival Date: 19-Sep-2021  Departure Date: 25-Sep-2021
Phone reservations can be made by calling 1-800-Embassy.  Identify the Eden Annual Meeting Group block and give the group code of 796.

Deadline to make hotel reservations is September 6.


Meeting Agenda

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Tuesday, September 21

8:00 – 5:30          Educational Excursion: Eastern North Carolina Disaster Experiences

6:00 – 7:00          First Timer’s Meet and Greet

7:00 – 9:00          Welcome Reception

Wednesday, September 22

7:00 – 8:00          Regional Breakfast

8:00 – 8:30          Annual Meeting Kick-Off

8:30 – 9:00          USDA/NIFA Updates

9:00 – 10:00       Keynote Presentation

Gavin Smith, Professor of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning

10:00 – 10:15     Break

10:15 – 11:00     Panel Discussion I: Extension Adapting to Climate

11:00 – 11:15     Business Meeting

Committee Intros

11:15 – 12:00     Functioning Committee Meetings

Professional Development

12:00 – 1:00        Lunch

1:00 – 1:45           Programmatic Committee Meetings

Ag and Natural Resources
Community and Economic Development
Family and Consumer Science & 4-H Youth Development

1:50 – 3:00          Business Meeting

Committee Reports and New Business

3:00 – 3:15          Break

3:15 – 4:00          Panel Discussion II: Enhancing Collaboration Opportunities with Local EMA

4:00 – 5:00          Business Meeting

New Business and Poster Session

Thursday, September 23

7:00 – 8:00          Special Topics Breakfast

8:00 – 9:45          Business Meeting

New Business

9:45 – 10:00        Break

10:00 – 10:45          Concurrent Session I

A. Disasters Aren’t Usually Fun and Games… Until They Are
B. Communicating about COVID-19: The development of public health resources for Extension

10:50 – 11:35     Concurrent Session II

A. IN-PREPared: Development of Rural-disaster Specific Resources for Indiana
B. Florida EDEN Readiness Series: Using Video to Highlight Extension Resources and Increase Disaster Preparedness

11:40 – 12:25     Concurrent Session III

A. Reach Out for Wellness: An online resource to support the wellness of Extension employees impacted by disasters
B. Healthy Helpers

12:30 – 1:30        Lunch and Presentation of Certificates and Awards

1:30 – 2:15           Concurrent Session IV

A. UGA Extension: Preparing Extension Employees for Emergencies and Natural Disasters
B. Community Input on Ecological and Economic Impacts of Climate Change and Extreme Weather Events

2:20 – 3:05          Concurrent Session V

A. Examining the Quality of Life in Small Rural Communities After a Disaster
B. Continuity of Operations & Broadband Access: Lessons from Washington’s Drive-up WiFi Project

3:05 – 3:30          Break

3:30 – 4:15       Capstone Speaker

Joe Stanton, Assistant Director for North Carolina Department of Public Safety’s Division of Emergency Management

4:15 – 5:00       Business Meeting

Wrap-up and Adjournment

Friday, September 24

8:30 – 12:00        Professional Development Training: Religious and Cultural Literacy and Competency in Disasters

12:00 – 1:00        Boxed Lunch Served

Participants are encouraged to stay and eat your lunch while continuing the conversation, but feel free to take it to-go and head to the airport. The boxed lunch is included in the post-conference registration fee.


Educational Excursion

Eastern North Carolina Disaster Experiences
Separate Registration. Included in either the Full Meeting Rate or Day 1: Educational Excursion Rate.


Eastern North Carolina has been impacted by flooding and devastation from numerous hurricane storms. Much of the devastating impact has been from inland flooding. We will visit two areas of eastern North Carolina to show how people are recovering, how people responded and what is being done to prevent future disasters.


The first stop will be to Princeville, NC Princeville is a town of about 2,200 people, pre-Hurricane Matthew. About 450 homes were destroyed during the hurricane and subsequent flooding, and an estimated 80 percent of the town was underwater.

Founded in 1865 as Freedom Hill, Princeville is the first town founded by freed slaves in the United States. Though surrounded by a levee built in the 1960s, Princeville was affected by two storms less than 20 years apart that overtopped those defenses: Hurricane Floyd in 1999 and Hurricane Matthew in 2016.

The second stop of the day will be in Kinston, NC. Kinston is a city of more than 21,000 located along the Neuse River. Hurricane Matthew damaged about 200 homes, out of a total of 11,000 housing units. On Oct. 14, 2016, the Neuse River rose to 28 feet, twice as high as the flood stage.

Much of the town lies within the 100-year floodplain, and Kinston was seriously impacted by Hurricane Fran in 1996 and Hurricane Floyd in 1999. FEMA and the state of North Carolina bought out properties in the 100-year floodplain, which extended about 3/4 of a mile into town from the river. 

Finally, we’ll visit Seymour Johnson Air Force base in Goldsboro, the proud home of the F-15E Strike Eagle, and learn about its multifaceted mission and its emergency response and planning functions.

Tentative Itinerary

8:00 am      Depart Embassy Suites

9:15 am       Arrive in Princeville

11:00 am     Depart Princeville enroute to Kinston

12:00 pm    Arrive in Kinston (lunch)

1:30 pm      Depart Lenoir Extension Office

2:00 pm     Seymour Johnson Air Force base

4:00 pm     Depart SJ enroute back to hotel

5:30 pm     Arrive back at Embassy Suites


**Transportation will be by charter bus.  Maximum capacity is about 50.

Training Session

Religious and Cultural Literacy and Competency in Disasters
Seperate Registration. Included in either the Full Meeting Rate or Day 4: Training Session.

Disasters usually result in disproportionate impacts on limited resource audiences and other marginalized groups in communities. Reasons ranging from unemployment to lack of mobility contribute to vulnerability in these population groups. Religious and cultural communities are critical partners in any effort to build disaster capacity. Also, Extension is ideally positioned to engage these groups through established relationships and research-driven programming.

This post-conference workshop/training will provide attendees with a whole community approach to religious/cultural literacy and competency in disasters. The training will be conducted by the 1890-EDEN Advisory Group. Upon completion participants will be able to:

  1. Explain why we engage religious and cultural communities
  2. Define the meaning of religious and cultural literacy and competency in disaster management
  3. Describe how religious and cultural language differs from government culture and language and
  4. Identify the skills needed to competently engage religious and cultural leaders and groups in the field

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