The first-ever Forsyth Creek Week, coming March 16 – 23, will offer a full week of fun, educational and hands-on activities for all ages and interests, including events that will appeal to bird watchers, anglers, film buffs, book readers, shutterbugs, and do-it-yourselfers.
All these activities and more, says Creek Week organizer Roseann L’Esperance, are designed to give Forsyth County residents the opportunity to connect with – and appreciate – our local waterways.
“It’s a good opportunity to focus on the water in our community, what we like about it and what we can do to help it,” said L’Esperance, who is the senior community educator for Winston-Salem’s Stormwater/Erosion Control Department.
Forsyth Creek Week is presented by North State Environmental and is being organized by a coalition of 15 local government and non-profit agencies.
Activities during Creek Week include:
- “Creek crawls” – guided tours to learn the signs of a healthy creek by looking at creek banks and aquatic life.
- Fishing derbies, one for kids at Kernersville’s Century Park Lake and one for adults at Salem Lake.
- Demonstrations of the fast-growing sport of kayak fishing, and a fly-fishing workshop on casting and fly-tying.
- Workshops on how to make a garden rain barrel or repair an eroding backyard stream.
Films and a book discussion to give the big picture of the importance of water in our lives.
- Children’s activities, including water-themed story times at libraries and a “Creek Week Craft Hour.”
- The Creek Week Photo Contest for photos taken at Creek Week events, with gift cards for daily and grand prize winners.
Forsyth Creek Week also includes extended hours at the 3RC Envirostation for accepting household hazardous waste, Operation Medicine Drop to prevent prescription drugs from getting into our water supplies, and the Great American Clean- up, a service opportunity to prevent litter from washing into local creeks and streams.
All activities are free except for the workshops, which have a fee for materials. Complete information about all Creek Week events is available at www.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 Forsyth County Soil and Water Conversation District, Waste Management, Hayward Industries Inc., Green Resource LLC, the Winston-Salem Sustainability Resource Center and the Great Outdoor Provision Co.
Forsyth Creek Week is being organized by the Winston-Salem Stormwater/Erosion Control Department, Winston-Salem Recreation & Parks, Keep Winston-Salem Beautiful, Forsyth County Environmental Assistance and Protection, Forsyth County Extension Service, Forsyth County Parks & Recreation, Forsyth County Public Libraries, the Town of Kernersville, the Town of Lewisville, the Village of Clemmons, the Audubon Society, the Gateway Environmental Initiative, the Sierra Club, the Winston-Salem Sustainability Resource Center, and the Yadkin Riverkeeper.
Forsyth Creek Week was instigated by L’Esperance after reading about Durham Creek Week, which is in its fourth year. “We were looking for a fun and positive way to encourage people to appreciate and protect our water supplies,” she said.
“We want folks to appreciate just how lucky we are to have so much water in Forsyth County – so many creeks and streams. I’m just really excited that we are going to have this wonderful opportunity to enjoy all these awesome uses of our water.”