Creek Week Events

March 12-19, 2016

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Saturday, March 12

  • Eno River Cleanup, 9 am  – 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 Cleanup, 9 am – 2615 Harvard Ave, park in LEAP Academy parking lot, Contact: Dan Allums 703-638-2680, dan@servicebaybuilder.com.
  • New Hope Creek Cleanup, 9 am –  Meet just above the Waterfowl Impoundment off Rt. 54. Registration is now open at meetup.com/helpcleanjordanlake. Email frandigiano@cleanjordanlake.org for more info.
  • Bird Walk at Beaver Marsh – 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. 
  • Bird Walk at Sandy Creek Park – Beginner to advanced birders are welcome on this bird walk at one of the premiere birding spots in the Traingle. Contact healy@duke.edu or call 919-416-5453 for more info. 
  • Eno River Paddle, 10 a.m. – 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, March 13

  • Canoe cleanup at the mouth of Ellerbe Creek, 10 a.m. To sign up call 919-416-1200 or email info@froghollowoutdoors.com.  Canoes provided.
  • 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 beautiful three rivers area.  $50. Register at froghollowoutdoors.com or call 919-416-1200.
  • Food Truck Rodeo – Visit the Keep Durham Beautiful table at Durham Central Park’s Food Truck Rodeo from 12-4 p.m. to pick up free tree seedlings and your Passport to fun for all the Creek Week activities. 
  • Source of the Eno Pilgrimage – Join Riverdave on the Eno River Association’s annual pilgrimage to the spot where the Neuse, Cape Fear and Roanoke River basins converge. See http://theborderlife.com/Source-of-the-Eno.php. Please register by email at riverdave52@gmail.com.

Monday, March 14

  • 55+ Adventure Paddle, 10 am – 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.

Tuesday March 15 

  • Frog Watch! Experience the explosion of spring song and mating activity among Sandy Creek Park’s frogs. Will start 1/2 hour after sundown Tuesday or Wednesday; exact date depends on when it rains. Led by Dr. Nicolette Cagle. Sign up at http://www.meetup.com/NC-Sierra-Club-Headwaters-Group/.
  • Trivia at James Joyce Irish Pub, 9:30 pm – Show off your knowledge of all things water when local pubs add a Creek Week category to regular trivia nights.

Wednesday, March 16

  • Forestry Hike, 10-11 am – Forest Service Rangers lead a hike at West Point on the Eno focused on tree identification, benefits of trees to soil and water, good forest management, and regulations affecting forestry operations. 
  • Stories by the Pond, 10:30 am – Preschoolers and their caregivers will sing, play games, and participate in a fun craft with Creek Week volunteer Colleen Haithcock at the Stanford L. Warren Library. Large groups please call ahead. 
  • Backyard BMP Tour – Staff from our local Soil and Water Conservation District lead this walking tour of backyard conservation best management practices in New Hope Creek neighborhood. 
  • Paddling in the Triangle Discussion, 7 pm – 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, March 17

  • The Water We Drink: Past, Present, and Future, 7 pm – Panel + discussion at Main 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. 
  • Trivia at Social Games and Brews,  8 pm – Show off your knowledge of all things water when local pubs add a Creek Week category to regular trivia nights.
  • Trivia at Fullsteam Brewery, 9 pm – Show off your knowledge of all things water when local pubs add a Creek Week category to regular trivia nights.

Friday, March 18

  • Canoe cleanup at Lake Michie, 3-5 pm – 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.
  • Green Infrastructure Tour, 5:30 pm – 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.
  • Night Hike, 7 pm – 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.
  • Sunset Paddle, 7 pm – 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
  • 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, March 19

  • Eno River Cleanup – 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.
  • Sandy Creek Park Cleanup, 9 am – Email healy@duke.edu or call 919-416-4543 for more info.
  • Creek Week Celebration, 1-4 pm – Grab a friend and head to Forest Hills Park for a fun-filled afternoon of nature activities, performances, Creek Week Passport prizes, and more. From 1:00-2:00, join Hip Hop artist, professor, and dad Pierce Freelon for “Litter Beats,” a beat making session with up-cycled trash and other improvised instruments.
  • 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.

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