Creek Week Events

March 21-28, 2015

Follow us on social media with #CreekWeek15. Contact Laura Smith at laura.smith@durhamnc.gov or 919-560-4326, ext. 30235 with questions. We are currently seeking Creek Week Sponsorship and Prize Donations!


Education EventsDISCOVER 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 stormwater@dconc.gov 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 info@froghollowoutdoors.com.

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 laine.roberts@durhamnc.gov 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.

RecreationEXPLORE 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.

VolunteerVOLUNTEER: DO YOUR PART FOR CLEAN WATER

Creek Cleanups

Saturday, 3/21, 9am – Stream Cleanups

  • Eno River at Rocky Branch      Conservation Area. Email association@enoriver.org      for more info and to register.
  • Glennstone Nature      Preserve. Register online at www.ellerbecreek.org      or call 919-698-9729.
  • Long Meadow neighborhood.

Sunday, 3/22

Canoe cleanup in the Three Rivers area of Falls Lake. To sign up call 919-416-1200 or email info@froghollowoutdoors.com.  Canoes provided.

Friday, 3/27, 12-2pm – Stream Cleanups

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
    • 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
  • Haw River Assembly
  • New Hope Creek Corridor Advisory Committee
  • North Carolina State Parks
  • Northeast Creek Stream Watch
  • Sierra Club – Headwaters Group