The events scheduled across Durham as of Wednesday, March 18 are:
DISCOVER YOUR WATERSHED
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.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com 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 Laura.Smith@durhamnc.gov to schedule.
EXPLORE HIDDEN GEMS
Join birders at Sandy Creek Park, where over 100 bird species have been sighted! Sign up at http://www.meetup.com/NC-Sierra-Club-Headwaters-Group/.
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 www.ellerbecreek.org 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 www.enoriver.org 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 http://www.meetup.com/NC-Sierra-Club-Headwaters-Group/.
Friday, 3/27, sunset – Moonlight Paddle
Enjoy wildlife and soak in starlight from your canoe. All levels welcome, $30 registration. Visit www.froghollowoutdoors.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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: email@example.com.
For paddlers with some experience, check out this 2-day course to hone your skills. Visit www.froghollowoutdoors.com or call 919-416-1200 for cost and registration info.
VOLUNTEER: DO YOUR PART FOR CLEAN WATER
Saturday, 3/21, 9am – Stream Cleanups
Eno River at Rocky Branch Conservation Area. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info and to register.
Glennstone Nature Preserve. Register online at www.ellerbecreek.org 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. https://friendsofthirdfork.wordpress.com/
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.
Morning canoe cleanup in the Three Rivers area of Falls Lake. To sign up call 919-416-1200 or email email@example.com. Canoes provided.
Grandale Drive, 3-5 p.m. Meet at Park Glen and Grandale. Call Leanna at 513-543-3472 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
Canoe cleanup at Lake Michie. 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 email@example.com. Canoes provided.
Friday, 3/27, 12-2pm – Stream Cleanups
Downtown (City/County employees and downtown workers)
Mist Lake (City employees)
Saturday, 3/28, 9am – Stream Cleanups
Goose Creek. Register online at www.ellerbecreek.org or call 919-698-9729.
Northeast Creek. Meet at Baha’i Center (5103 Revere Rd). More info:919-544-2346 or https://www.facebook.com/events/653837588077987/.
Sandy Creek Park (8 am). Sign up at http://www.meetup.com/NC-Sierra-Club-Headwaters-Group/.