Creek Week 2013:
Thank you to the hundreds of volunteers who made Creek Week 2013 a success! Check back here for a results summary by the end of April.
Creek Week Vision:
Durham residents enjoy, feel connected to, and protect local waterways.
Creek Week Mission:
Creek Week provides opportunities for Durham residents to discover and explore local streams and lakes through educational programs and recreational activities and to do their part to protect waterways through volunteer projects.
DISCOVER YOUR WATERSHED
Durham County Main Library: Saturday, March 16, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Celebrate Creek Week at your local Library! Join us for fun stories, crafts and more. Call 919-560-0130 for more information.
Wetlands at the Museum of Life & Science: Wednesday, March 20, 2-4 p.m.
What kind of animals live in a wetland? We’ll explore this question and compare life cycles of frogs and dragon flies. Learn why wetlands are an important part of the life cycle for so many animals. Investigate some macroinvertebrates from our very own wetlands! Program will be at the Wetlands (or in main building at Carolina Wildlife in case of rain). Museum admission is waived for Durham County residents on Wednesdays from 1-5 pm, although donations are appreciated.
Watershed Film: Thursday, March 21, 7 p.m. at Durham County Main Library
View the film Watershed, which explores a new water ethic for the new west. It focuses on the once mighty Colorado River and raises awareness of the need for worldwide water conservation. The film was produced and narrated by Robert Redford and is provided courtesy of The Redford Center. Introduction by Chris Dreps, Executive Director of Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association.
Arbor Day Celebration, March 22, 11 a.m. at the Black Wall Street Plaza on Parrish Street
Help Durham celebrate its 30th year receiving the Tree City U.S.A. designation. Admire the new landscape, watch a ceremonial tree planting, enjoy choral music, and take home a tree seeding for your own yard.
Bird and Butterfly Festival at Sandy Creek Park: Saturday, March 23, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
This event features an “early bird” bird watching at 8 a.m., instruction all morning in bird and butterfly identification, environmental education activities for kids and adults, planting of a butterfly garden, and a stream cleanup. Visit the Friends of Sandy Creek Park Facebook page for more details.
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.
Several organizations offer nature-themed intersession camps. The following camps will participate in Creek Week through educational and stewardship activities during the week.
Wild Arts Camp, Schoolhouse of Wonder. Travel the twists and turns of the Eno River, Crooked Creek and Warren Creek searching for trash and debris, then create trash and recyclable sculptures representing our connection to local waterways. Cost is $250. Camp is for ages 5-14. Hours: Drop off from 8:15 a.m. – 9:00 a.m., Pick up from 5:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. More information at schoolhouseofwonder.org or by calling (919) 477-2116.
Intersession Nature Exploration, Durham Parks and Recreation. Explore urban nature in this half-day camp. Through the use of hands-on activities, art, and games children learn about the natural world around them. Cost is $33.75-$52.50. Camp is for ages 6-12. Hours: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information call 919-560-4405 (option 6) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Navigator Daily Expeditions, Frog Hollow Outdoors. Gain confidence in yourself and your skills in the great outdoors as you learn route finding, map & compass and GPS skills. Label storm drains to help prevent water pollution. Cost is $250. Camp is for ages 8-12. Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information call 919-416-1200 or visit www.froghollowoutdoors.com.
EXPLORE HIDDEN GEMS
Spring Wildflower Walk: Sunday, March 17, 2 p.m.
The Eno River is home to a large variety of blooming flowers, including hepatica and trout lily in March. Join hike leader Milo Pyne to explore Willie Duke’s Bluff. Difficulty level: Long, off trail, some bushwhacking, one steep climb. For more information, call the Eno River Association at 919-620-9099 or email email@example.com. Changes to the schedule will be posted on the Google calendar at www.enoriver.org.
Evening Nature Hike: Monday, March 18, 6 p.m.
Meet at the Audobon Park pool (corner of Whisperwood Dr. and Solitude Way) for a walk to view spring ephemeral wildflowers and amphibians. You may even catch a glimpse of a beaver or other wildlife. Led by Michael Pollock of Northeast Creek Streamwatch. Contact Michael_pollock@yahoo.com for information.
17 Acre Wood Bird Walk: Friday, March 22, 4 p.m.
The 17-Acre Wood Preserve is a wonderful place for bird watching throughout the year. With spring migration just around the corner, join us at this preserve along Ellerbe Creek to see and hear the early spring bird populations. Robert Meehan, an experienced naturalist, will lead this walk. Families with children are encouraged to join this walk. Meet at the 17-Acre Wood kiosk at Perennial Dr. and Albany St. Please register for the hike at Katherine@ellerbecreek.org or 919-698-9729. www.ellerbecreek.org
Early Spring Wildflowers: Saturday, March 23, 2 p.m.
Join a ranger on a leisurely 1.5 mile hike along pump station trail. Walk near parts of the Eno River and Durham’s own Nancy Rhodes Creek to search for these fleeting springtime treasures, and hear the fascinating stories they have to tell. Pre-registration required; call the Eno River State Park office 919-383-1686.
Wetlands Tour: Saturday, March 23, 1 pm
Take a guided tour of special wetland projects taking place in Duke Forest. Duke University Wetland Center staff will guide this walk and share information about the project. You will learn about how these wetlands help manage and improve stormwater runoff as well as providing critical habitats for local plants and animals. Sign up for the tour by contacting the Wetland Center at (919) 613-8009 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
VOLUNTEER: DO YOUR PART FOR CLEAN WATER
Stream Cleanups: March 16
- Ellerbe Creek at Pearl Mill (9 a.m. to noon): Meet other volunteers from Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association at the kiosk at Green Street, near the intersection with Ruffin St. You can choose to help remove invasive species in the preserve or get down and dirty in the creek and creek banks cleaning up litter. Please let us know you can join the workday: Katherine@ellerbecreek.org.
- Northeast Creek (9 a.m. to noon): Meet volunteers from South Durham Green Neighbors and a local Cub Scout group on Custer Circle, off of Euclid Road, in Parkwood. Park on Custer Circle. Volunteers can sign-up by calling Marsha Hibbs, 919-401-6445. Garden carts, wheelbarrows & wagons would be helpful. Site appropriate for families with young children.
- Meadowsweet Creek at Rockwood (9 a.m. to noon): Meet near the intersection of Business 15-501/CH Blvd and University, across the traffic island from the Subway to help clean up this tributary of Third Fork Creek. Contact Patti Rieser at 919-489-3914.
- Adopt-a-Stream Workshop (1-4 p.m.): Gain the skills you need to monitor a creek in or near your neighborhood. Practice using test kits and probes. Learn to collect and identify macroinvertebrates that indicate water quality. Learn visual clues that help you detect water pollution. Take home materials you’ll need to get started. For more information visit the website bit.ly/stormwatered. Registration required. (919) 560-4326, ext. 30235 or Laura.Smith@durhamnc.gov.
Stream Cleanups: March 17
- Canoe cleanup on Ellerbe Creek (10 a.m. – 1 p.m.) Sign up by contacting Frog Hollow Outdoors at email@example.com or 919-416-1200.
Stream Cleanups: March 23
- Eno River Cleanup (10 a.m. – 1 p.m.): This workday is a continuation of efforts to clean up the remains of an old nursery operation that was previously on the Coulter Conservation Area. Sign up is required. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Forest Hills Park (8:30-noon): Remove litter from upper Third Fork Creek in the park. Meet at the picnic shelter at 8:30. Volunteer groups welcome. For information, contact Joe Chambliss (919 414-1808) or email email@example.com.
- Sandy Creek Park (8-10 a.m.): Join Friends of Sandy Creek Park to pick up litter along the trail, in the creek, and throughout the park. Contact John Goebel at 919-724-5225.
- Lake Michie Canoe Cleanup (2-4 p.m.): This cleanup is appropriate for ages 13 and up. Durham Parks and Recreation will provide canoes and cleanup supplies to help keep Durham’s primary reservoir in pristine shape. For more information or to sign up, call Ryan Salistad at (919) 560-4355 x27237 or Ryan.Sailstad@durhamnc.gov.
- Warren Creek (10 a.m. to noon): Help clean up this Eno River tributary with other concerned residents. Meet where Stadium Drive dead ends (near Woodgreen Drive). Site appropriate for families with young children. Contact Christopher Ammon at 919-943-7340.
- Goose Creek (10 a.m. to 1 p.m.): Meet at East End Park, 1200 N. Alston Avenue, to help clear litter from this tributary of Ellerbe Creek. This cleanup needs more volunteers! Contact Sean Doig at 919-593-4423.
- Third Fork Creek Trail (9 a.m. to noon): We’ll meet in the parking lot of the Public Works operations center on MLK Parkway on Saturday, March 23. Here’s a map: http://g.co/maps/vmvqm. We’ll pick up litter from Third Fork Creek and the greenway. Contact Bob Brueckner at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Label Storm Drains in your Neighborhood: March 16-23, anytime
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: Thursday, March 21, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Join us at the Northgate Dog Park (off of Lavender Avenue) or Piney Woods Dog Park 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.
For more information about Creek Week:
Contact Laura Webb smith by email at email@example.com or by phone at (919) 560-4626, ext. 30235.
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.
Many Thanks to our Creek Week Prize Sponsors:
Frog Hollow Outdoors, Great Outdoor Provision Company, Kings’s Sandwich Shop, Daisy Cakes, Nosh, City of Durham Water Management, Keep Durham Beautiful, Greener Durham, and more!
Many Thanks to our 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 Library
Durham Soil & Water Conservation District
- Ellerbe Creek Watershed
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