March 21-28, 2015
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DISCOVER YOUR WATERSHED
Saturday, 3/21, 2-5pm – Connect with the Creek
Help kick off Creek Week at Durham Central Park with more than a dozen hands-on educational and informational booths and activities. The whole family will enjoy a parade, scavenger hunt, hydrilla maze, and Pie Pushers and Dusty Donuts food trucks.
Sunday, 3/22, 3pm – Blue Mind with J Nichols
Hear from NY Times best-selling author J Nichols at the main library on the science of how being in, near, and around water makes us happier and healthier. Local nonprofits will host informational tables.
Tuesday, 3/24 – Saturday, 2/28 – Creek Week Wetlands Lab
Stop by the BioLab at the Museum of Life and Science from 10:30-2:30 for some hands on fun with museum staff.
Wednesday, 3/25, 2pm – Wastewater Treatment Plant Tour
The Triangle Wastewater Treatment Plant serves RTP and the southeastern portion of Durham County. The walking tour will highlight all parts of the wastewater plant and its processes. To sign up, email email@example.com with name and contact information.
Wednesday, 3/25, 6:30pm – Paddling in the Triangle Discussion
Join Frog Hollow Outdoors owner Banks Dixon to learn about the region’s abundance of paddling opportunities, from flat water to whitewater and from serene wildlife viewing to adrenaline rush adventure. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, 3/26, 10 am and 1pm – Water Treatment Plant Tour
The Brown Water Plant can treat up to 30 million gallons a day of raw water from Durham’s two reservoirs! Email email@example.com to request a sign up form.
Spring Break/Intersession camps
Check out what Schoolhouse of Wonder and Piedmont Wildlife Center have to offer. It’s learning in nature at its best!
Creek Week Speakers Bureau
Schedule a presentation for your school, church or civic group. Topics include water conservation, preventing water pollution, our drinking water, NC river basins, water quality monitoring, and “greener” landscaping. Contact Laura Webb Smith at 560-4326 x30235 or Laura.Smith@durhamnc.gov to schedule.
EXPLORE HIDDEN GEMS
Saturday, 3/2, 8 am – Bird Walk
Join birders at Sandy Creek Park, where over 100 bird species have been sighted! Sign up at http://www.meetup.com/NC-Sierra-Club-Headwaters-Group/.
Sunday, 3/22, 9:30 am – Bird Walk
Join Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association at their 17 Acre Wood Preserve for a nature walk with experienced birders. Register online at www.ellerbecreek.org or call 919-698-9729.
Sunday, 3/22, 2-5pm – Hike Eno River portion of Mountains to Sea Trail
This 6-mile hike will be strenuous but rewarding! Meet at Penny’s Bend parking lot. See “Spring Hike Series” at www.enoriver.org for directions and info. Eno River Association hikes are free and do not require reservations.
Friday, 3/27, sunset – Moonlight Paddle
Enjoy wildlife and soak in starlight from your canoe. All levels welcome, $30 registration. Visit www.froghollowoutdoors.com or call 919-416-1200.
Saturday, 3/28, 10-11am – Sandy Creek Park Ribbon Cutting
Visit this urban nature gem to help local officials and others celebrate the power of partnership. Improvements in trails, access, interpretation, and infrastructure have made this park a must-see destination.
Saturday, 3/28, – Intro To Whitewater Kayaking
For paddlers with some experience, check out this 2-day course to hone your skills. Visit www.froghollowoutdoors.com or call 919-416-1200 for cost and registration info.
VOLUNTEER: DO YOUR PART FOR CLEAN WATER
Saturday, 3/21, 9am – Stream Cleanups
- Eno River at Rocky Branch Conservation Area. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info and to register.
- Glennstone Nature Preserve. Register online at www.ellerbecreek.org or call 919-698-9729.
- Long Meadow neighborhood.
Canoe cleanup in the Three Rivers area of Falls Lake. To sign up call 919-416-1200 or email email@example.com. Canoes provided.
Friday, 3/27, 12-2pm – Stream Cleanups
- Downtown (City/County employees and downtown workers)
- Mist Lake (City employees)
- Sandy Creek Park (8 am). Sign up at http://www.meetup.com/NC-Sierra-Club-Headwaters-Group/.
Saturday, 3/28, 9am – Stream Cleanups
- Northeast Creek
- Goose Creek. Register online at www.ellerbecreek.org or call 919-698-9729.
Label Storm Drains in your Neighborhood
Label storm drains in your neighborhood with colorful markers that serve as reminders that storm drains lead directly to creeks, rivers, and lakes. No dumping, please! To schedule a time to pick up materials, contact Laura Webb Smith at 560-4326 x30235 or Laura.Smith@durhamnc.gov.
Canines for Clean Water Pledge
Pledge to help keep our water clean and safe. Pet waste left on the ground gets washed into storm drains and ditches that flow into our local rivers, streams, and lakes. All the bacteria, viruses, and parasitic worms in pet wastes get into the water we swim in, fish from, and drink. This is your opportunity to pledge to scoop, bag, and can the poop.
Creek Week Impact from 2014:
- 5,060 pounds of trash and 1460 pounds of recyclables collected by 301 volunteers at 19 sites along 16 stream miles!
- 750 square foot rain garden installed
- Two dozen trees planted and hundreds of tree seedlings distributed
- 15 educational and recreational events to help local residents become more aware of our water resources and how to care for them
- Donations of supplies and prizes from Bull City Burger and Brewery, City of Durham, Frog Hollow Outdoors, Intrepid Life Coffee and Spirits, Lowe’s, and Pompieri Pizza
- A bull built out of found objects from Creek Week cleanups, hosted by the Farmer’s Market, Fullsteam, and Scrap Exchange
We are currently seeking Creek Week Sponsorship and Prize Donations!
Notice Under the Americans with Disabilities Act:
Persons who require assistance should call (919) 560-4197, ext. 21254, TTY (919) 560-1200 or e-mail ADA@durhamnc.gov no later than 48 hours before the event.
Creek Week Partners:
- City of Durham Departments of
- Neighborhood Improvement Services,
- Parks and Recreation,
- Public Works (Stormwater and GIS Services Division), and
- Water Management
Durham County Departments of
Engineering and Environmental Services
Durham City-County Sustainability Office
Durham County Library
Durham Soil & Water Conservation District
- Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association
Eno River Association
Frog Hollow Outdoors
Keep Durham Beautiful
Haw River Assembly
New Hope Creek Corridor Advisory Committee
North Carolina State Parks
Northeast Creek Stream Watch
Sierra Club – Headwaters Group