Forsyth Creek Week Returning March 17 – 25
The sixth annual Forsyth Creek Week will be held March 17 – 25 with a mix of perennially popular events and new activities to encourage everyone to get out and appreciate the beauty and importance of our local waterways. In all, this year’s Creek Week will offer more than 40 events, including activities for all ages and interests.
New events this year include a Creek Walk at Hanes Park for children, free Creek Week fishing and a team bass fishing tournament at Salem Lake, a rain garden design workshop, the “Ocean Bound” interactive exhibit at Kaleideum North, a Salem Creek “Explorathon” with storytelling, music, crafts, and water activities for kids and adults, and an organized bike ride on the Long Branch and Salem Creek greenways to Quarry Park.
Popular returning activities include Salem Creek Greenway rides on Segway personal transporters, guided creek-side bird-watching walks, water-themed trivia rounds during trivia nights at Foothills Brewing, a tour of historic Old Salem sites along Salem Creek, a “treasure tree walk” in Kernersville’s Fourth of July Park, a fly-fishing workshop, water-themed movies and book discussions and a hike along Bethania’s Black Walnut Bottom Creek.
Andrew Fox of N.C. State University, a pioneer in using community involvement to turn degraded spaces into celebrated landscape projects that protect water quality, will speak at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 20, at the Old Salem Visitors Center. His remarks will be followed by a free reception featuring local foods, refreshments and exhibits by participating Creek Week organizations.
Also during Creek Week, all Forsyth County Public Library branches will have special Creek Week-themed activities for children, the City-County Utilities Division will host brown-bag “lunch-and-learn” session at the Salem Lake Marina Center, Piedmont Aerosports will offer half-price ultra-light aerial flights over the Yadkin River, and Lewisville and Clemmons will hold community clean-ups to keep litter from washing into local waterways. The Great American Cleanup in Winston-Salem, which has been held during Creek Week in past years, will be held April 14.
Most activities are free. Complete information and a calendar of all Creek Week events is posted at ForsythCreekWeek.org.
The presenting sponsor for Forsyth Creek Week is North State Environmental, a local company that specializes in stream remediation, storm water management and erosion control. Also sponsoring Creek Week are the City/County Utilities Division, Forsyth County Soil and Water Conservation District, the Garden Club Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County, Old Salem Museums and Gardens, Green Resource LLC, HDR Inc., Hayward Industries Inc., WithersRavenel, Battery Watering Technologies and Freese & Nichols.
In-kind support is being provided by Triad Eco Adventures, Hampton House Frame Shop, Rain Water Solutions, Foothills Brewing, the Winston-Salem Dash, River Oaks Community Church and Piedmont Aerosports.
Forsyth Creek Week is a county-wide initiative organized by the Winston-Salem Stormwater/Erosion Control Division, the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Utilities Division, North Carolina Cooperative Extension Forsyth County Center, Winston-Salem DOT, Winston-Salem Recreation & Parks, Winston-Salem Human Relations, Forsyth County Public Libraries, the Town of Kernersville, the Village of Clemmons, The Town of Lewisville, Keep Winston-Salem Beautiful, Forsyth Audubon, the Gateway Nature Preserve, Old Salem Museums & Gardens, Piedmont Land Conservancy, Reynolda Gardens, Kaleideum, the Sierra Club, Trout Unlimited, Temple Emanuel, Wake Forest University School of Divinity and Yadkin Riverkeeper.