Trees Over Durham Forum

Come learn all about trees in Durham, and tell us what you would like to see in the future. Start the day learning all about trees, then participate in visioning sessions where you get to tell us what you think. We really want to know. At the end, we’ll hear from people who have made trees work for diverse communities, and produce a vision statement of what we want for our trees and communities in Durham. 


Trees Over Durham Forum

Tuesday, April 25, 2:30 p. m. – 8 p.m.
Durham Arts Council, 120 Morris Street
Dinner will be available for registered participants.
Childcare will be available, but you must register below to let us know how many children will need care.

 A draft agenda is available now.  A complete agenda of the forum will be available here when it is finalized. Please check back!

This forum is organized by the Durham Tree Advocates with financial support from Leaf and Limb Tree ServiceVaguely Reminiscent, and Duke Energy Foundation.

Many thanks to the partners who have helped make this forum possible:


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Get Wild!

Join the Triangle Land Conservancy as we celebrate Creek Week by exploring a stream at Horton Grove Nature Preserve. We’ll go on a short hike to the creek, use magnifying glasses and nets to discover the creatures that live there, and learn how keeping our water clean is good for everyone – from the tiniest bugs to you and me! This program is recommended for families with children ages 5 and up. Wading in the creek is optional, but we recommend wearing shoes that can get wet just in case (like old sneakers or rain boots). This event is free, but preregistration is required.

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Stream Monitoring Training

Start a monitoring team in your area to monitor water quality in the Haw River Watershed. The training will consist of chemical analysis of the stream including pH, Nitrate, Phosphate, and Dissolved Oxygen. We will do a physical analysis, noting stream bank health, wildlife indicators, and smells. Lastly, we will do a biological analysis, sampling populations of macroinvertebrates in the water. This training is open to participants of all ages!

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Intro to Kayak

In this 4-5 hour class we will 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. These classes are taught in recreational or day touring
style kayaks.


Traveling Outpost

Boat deliveries to the Eno boat ramp. 3.5 hour (half day) and 6 hour (full day) self guided paddling options available.

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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.  These very leisurely paddles are suitable for just about anyone.


Town Hall Burger Creek Week Trivia

Join fellow Town Hall Burger patrons for trivia. During Creek Week, the trivia will also include some Creek Week related questions. Go forth and show off your watershed knowledge!

Museum of Life and Science Lab- Pollution Solution

Come celebrate Creek Week by exploring environmental science in The Lab! Discover what makes a healthy ecosystem by examining water samples and testing soils.

Water Reclamation Facility Tour

Durham sits on a ridge line that generally runs along Pettigrew Street and the railroad track. Ridge lines and topography determine drainage areas and due to this factor, we have 2 water reclamation facilities (WRFs) serving the city and a significant portion of Durham County. The North Durham WRF on East Club Boulevard has a permitted capacity of 20 million gallons a day (MGD) and discharges into Ellerbe Creek in the Neuse basin. The South Durham WRF, located on Farrington Road near Highway 54, has a permitted capacity of 20 MGD and discharges into the upper arm of New Hope Creek in the Cape Fear basin. Although the facilities have a combined capacity of 40 MGD, they are currently running at about 50% of capacity. Visit a wastewater (reclamation) facility to see how “waste” water is treated before it is returned back to the natural environment. Tour either of Durham’s two wastewater plants year-round. Please complete the Tour Request form to join a tour during creek week. (Due to extensive construction activities, tours of our drinking water plants are suspended.

Little River Clean Up

Celebrate Creek Week with a clean up! DPR will provide canoes and clean up supplies to help keep Durham’s reservoir in pristine shape. This event is appropriate for ages 13 and up (children must be accompanied by an adult). No cost, no pre-registration required.

If you are interested in learning about the collaboration between the City Of Durham’s Water Management Department and Triangle Land Conservancy to protect the land around Little River to protect our drinking water, there will be a lunch and learn just prior to the clean up. Visit for details.