Creek Week Events

March 12-19, 2016

Follow us on social media at http://bit.ly/CreekWeek16 and with #CreekWeek16. Contact Laura Smith at laura.smith@durhamnc.gov or 919-560-4326, ext. 30235 to get involved.

Sections below: Discover Your Watershed (education), Explore Hidden Gems (recreation), and Volunteer.


Education EventsDISCOVER YOUR WATERSHED

Sunday, 3/13, 12-4 pm –Food Truck Rodeo

Visit the Keep Durham Beautiful table at Durham Central Park’s Food Truck Rodeo to pick up free tree seedlings and your Passport to fun for all the Creek Week activities. 

Wednesday, 3/13, 7 pm – 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 info@froghollowoutdoors.com.

Thursday, 3/17, 7 pm – The Water We Drink: Past, Present, and Future

Panel + discussion at Main DCo Library, 300 N. Roxboro St. hosted by DCo Library Humanities Program. When we turn on the tap, we expect our water to flow and for that water to be clean and safe. Drought and deluge, conservation, major investments in the water system, bottled water…what do we really know about Durham’s water supply? A panel of experts will cover issues such as ecology and water in the past, our current system and protecting watersheds in the future. 

Friday, 3/18, 5:30 pm – Green Infrastructure Tour

Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association leads this look at how Green Infrastructure practices such as rain gardens, green roofs, and water harvesting benefits our local waterways and air.

Saturday, 3/19, 1-4 pm – Creek Week Celebration

Grab a friend and head to Forest Hills Park for a fun-filled afternoon of nature activities, performances, Creek Week Passport prizes, and more. 

Local Pubs Host Creek Week Trivia Category!

Don’t miss these trivia nights for a chance to show off your knowledge of all things water. 9:30 pm Tuesday at James Joyce Irish Pub, 8 pm Thursday at Social Games and Brews, 9 pm Thursday at Fullsteam Brewery

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.

RecreationEXPLORE HIDDEN GEMS

Saturday, 3/12 –Bird Hike

Duke professor Nicki Cagle leads a bilingual bird walk focusing on migratory birds at the Beaver Marsh, a true urban nature gem. See www.ellerbecreekorg for details and to register. 

Saturday, 3/12, 10 am – Eno River Paddle

Join Frog Hollow and Eno River Association on a paddle from West Point on the Eno to Penny’s Bend. $50/$40 Eno River Assoc. members. Register at froghollowoutdoors.com or call 919-416-1200.

Sunday, 3/13  – Kayak Basics

Learn from the experts at Frog Hollow the basics in kayak nomenclature, wet-exit procedure, and  the “building-block strokes” while you take in the beatuiful three rivers area.  $50. Register at froghollowoutdoors.com or call 919-416-1200.

Sunday, 3/13  – Source of the Eno Pilgramage

In the year 2000, Riverdave carefully studied the ponds of northern Orange County that might be considered the Eno River’s most distant source. He delineated that spot to be a pond on the West Fork of the Eno River on property owned by the Hoyt Wright family. On a hillside above this pond, the Neuse, Cape Fear and Roanoke River basins converge. From this auspicious promontory, the Eno River flows forty miles southeast to finally empty into Falls Lake. With permission from the property owners, we will continue the Eno River Association’s annual pilgrimage to this auspicious spot, walking the final mile together. See http://theborderlife.com/Source-of-the-Eno.php. Please register by email at riverdave52@gmail.com.

Monday, 3/14, 10 am – 55+ Adventure Paddle

Discover the headwaters of Falls Lake on this guided adventure! We will explore hidden creeks and narrow river channels where the Little, Eno, and Flat Rivers come together to form the Neuse River and flow into Falls Lake.

Friday, 3/18, 7 pm – Sunset Paddle

Savor a spring sunset by paddling canoes and kayaks on scenic Lake Michie with DPR Outdoor Recreation. We will provide the equipment; you bring weather-appropriate clothing. For cost and registration info, visit www.getoutdoorsdurham.blogspot.com, call 919-560-4405, or email Ryan.Sailstad@durhamnc.gov. Register online at www.DPRPlayMore.org

Friday, 3/18, 7 pm – Night Hike

Meet at the Cole Mill Access of Eno River State Park for a ranger-led evening stroll along Pea Creek Trail. Be sure to wear good hiking shoes and bring a flashlight. 1.5 miles round trip.

Friday, 3/18 – Night Paddle

Discover what the evening hours have to offer!  Leave your worries behind as we set out in canoes to enjoy the wildlife, soak in the moonrays & starshine, and experience the sounds of nature. $30. Register at froghollowoutdoors.com or call 919-416-1200.

 Saturday, 3/19,  – Intro To Whitewater Kayaking

Learn about various types of kayaking along with fundamental kayak skills including: identifying hazards, basic strokes, concepts in craft handling, wet exits, and rescues in calm water. $80. Register at froghollowoutdoors.com or call 919-416-1200. 

VolunteerVOLUNTEER: DO YOUR PART FOR CLEAN WATER

Creek Cleanups

Saturday, 3/12, 9am – Stream Cleanups

  • Eno River. Help spruce up a newly protected property near Eno River State Park and the Mountains to Sea Trail. Email land@enoriver.org to sign up and get directions.
  • Goose Creek. 2615 Harvard Ave, park in LEAP Academy parking lot, Contact: Dan Allums 703-638-2680, dan@servicebaybuilder.com.
  • New Hope Creek just above the Waterfowl Impoundment off Rt. 54. Registration is now open at meetup.com/helpcleanjordanlake. Email frandigiano@cleanjordanlake.org for more info.

Sunday, 3/13, 10 am

Friday, 3/18, 3-5 pm

Canoe cleanup at Lake Michie, 11am-1pm. Ages 13 and up can join this effort to help keep Durham’s primary reservoir in pristine shape. To sign up call 919-560-4355, ext. 27237 or email ryan.salistad@durhamnc.gov. Canoes provided.

Saturday, 3/19

Friends of Mountains to the Sea Trail leads a workday at West Point on the Eno. Email dietrich@duke.edu to sign up or for more info.

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 2015:

    • 4270 pounds of trash and 940 pounds of recyclables collected by 200 volunteers at 17 sites along 13 stream miles!
    • 16 educational and recreational events to help local residents become more aware of our water resources and how to care for them
    • 2 beautifully painted cisterns donated to benefit Creek Week
    • 3 creek-themed murals created by at local school art classes
    • A one-of-a-kind parade with costumes, puppets, and the Bull Town Strutters
    • Best-selling author Wallace J. Nichols talk on how water enhances our well-being
Contact us about Creek Week Sponsorship and Prize Donation opportunities!

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
  • Clean Jordan Lake
  • Durham County Departments of
    • General Services,
    • 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
  • New Hope Creek Corridor Advisory Committee
  • North Carolina State Parks
  • Northeast Creek Stream Watch
  • Sierra Club – Headwaters Group