Creek Week Events

March 12-19, 2016

Creek Week is a time to discover and clean up our local streams. It has been celebrated in Durham since 2009, with 1,646 volunteers collecting 106,420 pounds of litter to date.

Follow us on social media at and with #CreekWeek16. Contact Laura Smith at or 919-560-4326, ext. 30235 to get involved.

Don’t miss our closing celebration on 3/19. Details below.

Bring this with you to Creek Week events. Collect 3 stamps for a chance to win a gift certificate from Frog Hollow Outdoors! Creek Week Passport (download and print PDF)


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 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,
  • New Hope Creek Cleanup, 9 am –  Meet just above the Waterfowl Impoundment off Rt. 54. Registration is now open at Email for more info.
  • Third Fork Creek in Long Meadow Cleanup, 10 am –  Meet on Ward St. Email for more info.
  • Upper Sandy Creek Cleanup, 10:30 am – Meet at Colony Park pool pavilion, 2503 Tanglewood Dr
  • 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. RSVP and 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 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  Canoes provided.
  • Third Fork Creek Trail cleanup, 1 p.m. Meet at 1100 MLK Pkwy (Public Works). For more info contact Mary Davis at or 404-213-3122. 
  • 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 Please register by email at

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 

  • South Durham Wastewater Treatment Plant Tour, 10 am – Learn what happens to waste water after it disappears into pipes underground. Email to register.
  • Camden Ave cleanup, 1:30-4:30 pm – Help City and County employees tackle this littered stretch of road that parallels Ellerbe Creek. Meet at Fire Admin, 2008 E. Club Blvd.
  • Eat at Uncle Maddio’s Pizza Joint, 5-9 pm – 10% of all dinner proceeds benefit Creek Week! 7157 O’Kelly Chapel Rd, Cary, NC 27519 (in the Northeast Creek watershed, which doesn’t recognize town and city borders)
  • 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
  • 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

  • Brown Water Treatment Plant Tour, 10 am – Where does our drinking water come from? How does it get treated? These and more questions answered on this interesting tour. Email to register. 
  • 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, 1-2 pm – Staff from our local Soil and Water Conservation District lead this walking tour of backyard conservation best management practices in the Hope Valley North neighborhood.  Tour will kick off at 2 Shelly Place promptly at 1 pm.
  • 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

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 Canoes provided.
  • Green Infrastructure Walking Tour, 5:30-6:30 pm -Meet in front of Fullsteam Brewery. Visit Creek Smart practices like rainwater harvesting, rain gardens, and removal of impervious surfaces how they protect the creek. Feel free to stick around afterward to talk Green Infrastructure and great beer at Fullsteam’s “Fellowship of the IPA”. To sign up and get a chance to win Fullsteam goodies, please visit and click on ‘Green Infrastructure Tour’.
  • 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, call 919-560-4405, or email Register online at
  • 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 or call 919-416-1200.

Saturday, March 19

  • Eno River Cleanup, 9 am – Friends of Mountains to the Sea Trail leads a workday to do trail repair and remove trash. Meet at 4404 Guess Rd behind the Eno River Assoc office. Wear boots or solid shoes, long pants, and bring work gloves, drinking water, and lunch. Email to sign up or for more info.
  • Sandy Creek Park Cleanup, 9 am – RSVP and more info:
  • Third Fork Creek at Forest Hills Park Cleanup, 9am
    – meet at the picnic shelter
  • Third Fork Creek at Morehead Hill neighborhood, 9am – meet at the end of Cobb St, east of Orchard Park
  • Creek Week Celebration, 1-4 pm at Forest Hills Park– Litter Beats: Join Hip Hip artist, professor and dad Pierce Freelon for a beat making session with up-cycled trash and other improvised instruments (1-2pm). Geocashing (2pm). Explore the Urban Wild hand-on nature activities (2-4pm). Puppet Theater (3:30-4pm). Brachi – Le Petit Roll Food Truck. Creek Week Passport Drawing at 4pm.
  • 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 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

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 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
  • Triangle Land Conservancy