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Orange County's 3rd Annual Creek Week is March 16-23, 2024.

Orange County Creek Week celebrates the streams, lakes, and rivers that connect our communities. It's a weeklong series of activities like a litter cleanup challenge, community science BioThon, invasive plant removal, green infrastructure tours, and more!  

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Weeklong Activities  

Countywide – iNaturalist BioBlitz 

Free, Join the project  

Discover how water connects us by documenting plant and animal species in you community as part of a county wide citizen science project. During Creek Week observations logged into iNaturalist will become part of the Creek Week BioThon.  iNaturalist is an online social network of people sharing biodiversity information to help each other learn about nature. Data collected will help researchers, conservation organizations, or other people interested in this data. 

Carrboro – Water Roving with Stormwater Specialist 

Locations vary 

Free, Learn more
Stormwater Specialist Heather Holley will be roving around Carrboro during Creek Week to highlight the unique and wonderful waterways of our Town. Follow us on Instagram for posts.  Got a burning question about watersheds or stormwater? Message, DM, post, email, or stop by in person to ask your questions! Join me to pick up trash, participate in the Bio-Thon, and explore our creeks. Look for Heather in a Safety Vest with a Purple Bucket!  

Carrboro – Creek Cache 

Carrboro 

Free, Learn more
Geocaching is a high-tech scavenger hunt where players use GPS coordinates to guide them to a location. Caches will be hidden on Town-owned properties highlighting nearby creeks and other stormwater explorations. Find them all and you will be entered into a drawing for a Watershed Explorers Kit. A children's and adult's kit will be given away. 

Local Businesses Celebrating Creek Week 

Eno River Brewing in Hillsborough is hosting a Creek Week event. Stay tuned for details! 

Thursday, February 29

Orange County Staff Creek Week Cleanup 

Hillsborough 

Private Event | Orange County government staff are leaping early into Creek Week with a litter cleanup.  

Saturday, March 9  

2:00-3:30 pm | The Eno River: Past Present, & Future  

Chapel Hill Public Library at 100 Library Drive, Chapel Hill 

Free, Register online
More information coming soon!  

Accessibility details:  

  • Program is in English 
  • Indoors, mostly stationary 
  • Gendered bathrooms nearby 
  • Lactation space can be arranged with staff 
  • Accessible building 
  • Nearest bus stop is .5 miles away 

Tuesday, March 12 

6:00-9:00 pm | Wings of the Hill at Board Game Night 
Meeting Room B, Chapel Hill Public Library at 100 Library Drive, Chapel Hill 

Free, Learn more online
Learn about local birds and water quality while playing Wingspan during the Chapel Hill Public Library's monthly board game night!  

Accessibility details: 

  • Program is in English 
  • Indoors, mostly stationary 
  • Gendered bathrooms nearby 
  • Lactation space can be arranged with staff 
  • Accessible building 
  • Nearest bus stop is .5 miles away

Saturday, March 16

9:30 am – 12:00 pm | Volunteer Workday in Pritchard Park 

Free, Learn more online
Grab your gloves and pitch in to improve our Pritchard Park ecosystem. We'll dig out invasive species, plant trees & perennials, and maintain trails in the park. Bring appropriate gloves and attire for working outdoors across uneven terrain. Volunteer days take place on Saturday mornings once a month. 

Accessibility Details 

  • Program is in English 
  • Outdoors, walking on uneven ground 
  • Gendered bathrooms nearby 
  • Lactation space can be arranged with staff 
  • Accessible building 
  • Nearest bus stop is .5 miles away

11:00 am – 12:00 pm | Art in the Park: Sun Prints! 
Chapel Hill Community Center at 120 S Estes Drive, Chapel Hill 

$8-$10, Register Online
Learn how to make sun prints using found, natural objects near Bolin Creek. Turn the sun into art while exploring Bolin Creek. 

Accessibility details: 

  • Program is in English 
  • Partially indoors and outdoors, mostly stationary with some walking  
  • Gendered bathrooms nearby 
  • Lactation space can be arranged with staff 
  • Accessible building 
  • Nearest bus stop is .1 miles away 

Haw River Clean-Up-A-Thon 
Locations vary 


Free, Register Online
The Haw River Clean-Up-A-Thon is our annual clean-up event has been raising watershed-wide awareness about the impacts of our consumption habits and bringing people together at the river and local creeks! The 34th Annual Clean-Up-A-Thon will take place on held on Saturday, March 16th, 2024. Clean-ups are a popular way to take action for the natural spaces we love the most and what an amazing way to show off your love for the river than to start right in your community. 

Accessibility Details: 

  • Program is in English 
  • Outdoors, picking up trash 
  • No bathrooms in most locations 
  • No lactation space 
  • Bus stops vary by locations

1:00-3:30 pm | Carrboro and Chapel Hill Joint Cleanup 

Meeting location: Community School for People Under Six at 102 Hargraves St, Carrboro, NC 27510  

Free, Register Online
Do you like data collection and being outside? This event is for you. The Towns of Chapel Hill and Carrboro present the fourth annual Joint Trash Clean Up! Some volunteers will pick up trash along Roberson Bike Path. Other volunteers will inventory the trash. Trash inventories tell us what exactly is going to our waterways, and potentially shows us where the trash comes from.  

Accessibility Details: 

  • Program is in English; interpretation services are available 
  • Outdoors, picking up trash along steep stream banks OR categorizing trash by the bike path 
  • Gendered restrooms available at the Community School 
  • Snacks and water bottle refill station provided 
  • No lactation space nearby 
  • Closest Transit Stop: East Main Street & Arts Center Plaza (CW) 

2:00-4:00 PM | Creek Week Scavenger Hunt and Open House 

Free | Kids and adults are invited to find stormwater-themed scavenger hunt clues in Gold Park for a chance to win a rain barrel. Attendees will also have an opportunity to drive the stormwater camera, check out the Public Works Division’s mini excavator (photo op!), and engage with Hillsborough Tree Board members and Town Stormwater Staff. Email Terry Hackett at terry.hackett@hillsboroughnc.gov for more information. 

Accessibility Details: 

  • Program is in English 
  • Outdoors, walking in a park 
  • Gendered restrooms available 
  • Snacks and water bottle refill station provided 
  • No lactation space nearby 
  • Accessible park shelter and trails 
  • Closest Transit Stop 0.8 miles away 
  • Snacks provided 

Sunday, March 17

Navigators USA Chapter 250 Litter Cleanup 

Hillsborough 

Private Event | Members of Navigators Chapter 250 are celebrating Creek Week by cleaning up litter near the Eno River in Downtown Hillsborough.  

1:00-3:00 pm | Gyotaku Printing Workshop 

Chapel Hill Community Center at 120 S Estes Dr, Chapel Hill, NC 27514 

$25-$29, Register online | It was so much fun last year we’re bringing it back! Environmental Educator Sammy Bauer will be joining us as we celebrate Creek Week at the Community Center.  We will learn about the Japanese Art of Gyotaku or Fish printmaking!  Every participant will be able to make at least 1 paper print and one fabric print. 

Accessibility Details: 

  • Program is in English 
  • Indoors, mostly stationary 
  • Gendered restrooms available 
  • Accessible building 
  • Nearest bus stop is .1 miles away 

1:00-3:00 pm | Buffer Ball Activity 
Martin Luther King Jr Park at 1120 Hillsborough Road, Carrboro, NC  

Free, Learn more 

Join Town of Carrboro staff for this fun, kid friendly hands on activity at Martin Luther King Jr Park. You will learn about wetlands and vegetative water quality buffers while making seed balls with wetland buffer seed mixes. We will be launching the Buffer Balls into the wetland buffer in the park to help add diversity and habitat to the parks natural wetland. This activity is free and open to all ages. Parents must be present. 

  • Program is in English 
  • Outdoor under cover 
  • Gendered restrooms available 
  • Compacted pathway with minimal slope 
  • Closest Transit Stop 348 feet away 

10:00 am – 2:00 pm | St. Paddy’s Day Paddle on the Eno 

Meet at the Chapel Hill Community Center at 120 E Estes Drive, Chapel Hill 

$44-$54, Register 

Paddle down the Eno River on this St. Patrick’s Day adventure. No paddling experience necessary; we’ll teach you the fundamentals, including safety, equipment, and technique. 

Accessibility Details: 

  • Program is in English 
  • Outdoors, moderate physical activity 
  • Nearest bus stop is .1 miles away 

Monday, March 18 

UNC LFIT Walking Class Does Creek Week 

UNC Campus 

Private Event | The LFIT Walking Students learn about the creeks on campus on Monday and Tuesday. 

Tuesday, March 19

UNC Staff Creek Cleanup 

UNC Campus 

Private Event | UNC staff will cleanup trash at a campus outfall.  

Wednesday, March 20 

2:00-4:00 pm | Hillsborough Tree Board Invasive Species Volunteer Workday 

Meeting location: The bridge over the Eno River near the downtown Hillsborough entrance to the Riverwalk 

Free | The Hillsborough Tree Board will lead a volunteer work day to remove invasive species along the Riverwalk in Downtown Hillsborough. This location is near the Eno River Parking Deck at the end of Nash and Kollock Street, adjacent to the Gateway Center. Have questions? Email stormwater@hillsboroughnc.gov.  

Accessibility Details: 

  • Program is in English and Spanish 
  • Outdoors, removing plants along the greenway 
  • Participants will need to step down from the Riverwalk to access some work areas. 
  • Gendered restrooms available 
  • Snacks and water bottle refill station provided 
  • No lactation space nearby 
  • Closest Transit Stop 0.1 miles away 

3:00-5:00 pm| Creek Week Crafternoon 

Chapel Hill Public Library Terrace at 100 Library Drive, Chapel Hill

Free| Elementary schoolers can come decorate bookmarks using leaves (as stamps), paint, and recycled materials, and flip through picture books about waterways and nature! Have questions? Email Hannah at hmfloyd@unc.edu.  

Accessibility Details: 

  • Program is in English 
  • Outdoors, under cover 
  • Gendered restrooms available 
  • Lactation space available upon request 
  • Closest Transit Stop 0.5 miles away

Thursday, March 21

4:00-6:00 pm | Dorothy N. Johnson Rain Garden Workday 

Free | Outdoor Science Labs will lead volunteer work to prepare a rain garden planting bed. Have questions? Email stormwater@hillsboroughnc.gov

Accessibility Details: 

  • Program is in English and Spanish 
  • Outdoors, landscaping work 
  • Participants will need to step down from the Riverwalk to access some work areas. 
  • Gendered restrooms available 
  • No lactation space nearby 
  • Closest Transit Stop 0.1 miles away 

Saturday, March 23

9:00-11:00 am | Youth Fishing Clinic 

Hank Anderson Park Pond, 302 NC Hwy. 54 West, Carrboro 

$5, Register 

Parent(s) and children will learn the basics about fishing including different equipment, techniques, sites, and regulations.  You may even meet a fishing buddy or two!   Supplies furnished.  Bring a pole if you have one. Parent(s) and youth must both be present to participate. 

Accessibility Details: 

  • Program is in English 
  • Outdoors, walking, casting, hand manipulation 
  • Gendered restrooms available 
  • No lactation space nearby 
  • Closest Transit Stop 0.5 miles away 

9:30-11:00 am| Crochet by the Creek 

Umstead Park shelter at 399 Umstead Dr, Chapel Hill 

Free 

Sit by the creek and learn how to crochet what you can see. We’ll have some supplies and you can bring your own. Have questions? Email Maddie at mcsparr@unc.edu.  

Accessibility Details: 

  • Program is in English 
  • Outdoors, under cover 
  • Participants will need to step down from the Riverwalk to access some work areas. 
  • Gendered restrooms available 
  • No lactation space nearby 
  • Closest Transit Stop at the park 

 

1:00-4:00 pm | Hillsborough Riverwalk Bioswale Workday 
329 Eno Mountain Rd, Hillsborough, NC  

Free 

Help the Hillsborough turn a ditch into a garden. Volunteers will help spread bioretention media and mulch and plant native plants in a new bioswale along the Riverwalk. Parking available nearby in the Eno River Brewery parking lot. Overflow parking available at Gold Park. Have questions? Email stormwater@hillsboroughnc.gov

Accessibility Details: 

  • Program is in English and Spanish 
  • Outdoors, landscaping work 
  • Participants will need to step down from the Riverwalk to access some work areas. 
  • No restrooms nearby 
  • No lactation space nearby 

4:00-8:00 pm | Eno River Brewing Creek Week Celebration 

Free, Learn more

To celebrate the last night of Creek Week, enjoy music outdoors near the Riverwalk at Eno River Brewing. Parking available at the Brewery. 

Accessibility Details: 

  • Program is in English 
  • Outdoors under awning 
  • Participants will need to step down from the Riverwalk to access some work areas. 
  • Gender neutral bathrooms 
  • Lactation space available in restroom 
  • Accessible building 
  • Nearest transit stop is 1.1 miles away

How to Read a Creek: Stream Team Training 

Chapel Hill 

Private Event 

Volunteer water quality monitors on the Chapel Hill Stream Team will learn how to conduct a habitat assessment during their upcoming April monitoring season. Want this skillset? Email Sammy at sbauer@townofchapelhill.org to schedule a public workshop in the spring. 

Sunday, March 24

12:00-3:00 pm | Creek Week on the Eno Field Day 

Eno Confluence Natural Area at 4214 Highland Farm Rd, Hillsborough 

Free  

Join the Eno River Association for an afternoon of river and creek-related hands-on learning activities! Visit various activity stations to learn about the importance of freshwater systems like the Eno River! Drop in anytime! 

Accessibility Details: 

  • Program is in English, intermediate Spanish is available 
  • Outdoors, hiking on uneven terrain 
  • At least one activity will take place in the covered, paved outdoor pavilion. This area can be accessed by a paved surface from the parking lot. The parking lot has two paved, accessible parking spaces available. 
  • Gender neutral restrooms available 
  • Lactation space available in restroom 
  • Accessible building 
  • No bus stops nearby