Creek Week Events

Save the Date: March 12-16, 2016

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

See below for 2015 events

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


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 featuring the Bulltown Strutters and Northeast Creek Streamwatch costumes and puppets, scavenger hunt, hydrilla maze, and Pie Pushers and Dusty Donuts food trucks. Hand-painted cisterns will be auctioned. Check for photos.

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 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

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 to request a sign up form.

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 to schedule.


Saturday, 3/21, 8 am – Bird Walk

Join birders at Sandy Creek Park, where over 100 bird species have been sighted!  Sign up at

Sunday, 3/22, 9:30 am – Bird Walk

Join Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association at their 17 Acre Wood Preserve for a family-friendly nature walk with experienced birders. Register online at 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 for directions and info. Eno River Association hikes are free and do not require reservations.

Starting Tuesday, 3/24 – Frog Watch!

Experience the explosion of spring song and mating activity among Sandy Creek Park’s frogs. Will start 1/2 hour after sundown one evening Tuesday-Friday; exact date depends on when it rains. Led by Dr. Nicolette Cagle. Sign up at

Friday, 3/27, sunset – Moonlight Paddle

Enjoy wildlife and soak in starlight from your canoe. All levels welcome, $30 registration. Visit or call 919-416-1200.

Friday-Sunday, 3/27-3/29, Roanoke River Weekend Getaway

Explore the scenic and wild Roakoke River paddling and camping with Durham Parks and Recreation. For cost and to sign up call 919-560-4355, ext. 27237 or email

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, 10am – West Durham and East Campus Hike

Meet local history expert John Schelp at the corner of Ninth and Green for a fascinating environmental and history walk.

Saturday, 3/28, 2pm – Northeast Creek Hike

Meet at the Baha’i Center, 5103 Revere Rd, for a hike through the bottomlands to view wildflowers, frogs, and butterflies. More info:

Saturday, 3/28,  – Intro To Whitewater Kayaking

For paddlers with some experience, check out this 2-day course to hone your skills. Visit or call 919-416-1200 for cost and registration info.


Creek Cleanups

Saturday, 3/21, 9am – Stream Cleanups

  • Eno River at Rocky Branch Conservation Area. Email for more info and to register.
  • Forest Hills Park (8:30am). Meet at picnic shelter (coffee and donuts provided).
  • Glennstone Nature Preserve. Register online at or call 919-698-9729.
  • Long Meadow neighborhood (10 am). Meet at Hilton Ave, near Kent/University intersection.
  • Third Fork Creek (8:30). Meet at Courtland Dr entrance to Third Fork Creek Trail.

Saturday, 3/21, 10am-1pm – Garden work day

Help Little River Regional Park spruce up the buttefly garden for spring. Call 919-732-5505 to register.

Sunday, 3/22

  • Morning canoe cleanup in the Three Rivers area of Falls Lake. To sign up call 919-416-1200 or email  Canoes provided.
  • Grandale Drive, 3-5 p.m. Meet at Park Glen and Grandale. Call Leanna at 513-543-3472 or email for more info.

Wednesday, 3/25

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 Canoes provided.

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

  • Camden Avenue (City employees)

Saturday, 3/28, 9am – Stream Cleanups

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 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
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
  • 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