Take a Hike with BING-ENO!

Start the New Year off right! Hike the Eno! Win prizes! Stay safe!!!

Join us along the Eno from January 2nd through March 31st with our new BING-ENO game! Learn more and download your BING-ENO card today: www.enoriver.org/bing-eno

Ribbons of Color Along the Eno River

The Association provides platform for People of Color to share their Eno family history

The Eno River Association announces the revival of their Eno Journal, now available for purchase online and thru local retail shops. Ribbons of Color Along the Eno River: The History of African Americans and People of Color Living on the Eno contains first- and second-hand stories of those who have long lived in the Eno watershed.

This Eno Journal is the culmination of a two decades-long effort by the Association to discover, research, recruit writers, and publish this collection. “We are grateful to the descendants, record keepers, and historians in the Eno River community who preserved these memories and photographs” says Dave Cook, former Eno staffer and veteran volunteer on the project. READ MORE…

Welcoming New Staff!

Please join the Eno River Association Staff and Board of Directors in welcoming Hillary Harrison to the team who started on February 1! Hillary leads our Environmental Education and Outreach program. Hillary will direct our hands-on feet-wet outdoor education programs, lead our environmental educator and seasonal teachers, manage our calendar program, and grow our outreach efforts. 
Hillary grew up on the Outer Banks of North Carolina and spent 10 summers working for the National Park Service at the Cape Hatteras National Seashore. She studied Marine Biology at UNC Wilmington; continuing to work for the National Park Service after receiving her bachelor’s degree. Since 2016, Hillary has worked at various parks and preserves throughout the Triangle, most recently with Durham Parks and Recreation as a member of the Outdoor Recreation and City Lakes unit.
Hillary and her husband now live in Durham and have grown to love our city, our community, and the natural spaces it offers – including, of course, our beloved Eno River! We are thrilled to have Hillary join us in our mission to conserve and protect the natural, historical, and cultural resources of the Eno River basin.
Join us in extending Hillary a warm Eno welcome! Please note that we’re now lucky enough to have two Hillarys on our team, so to reach Hillary Harrison and our education team, email hharrison@enoriver.org. To contact Hillary Bruce regarding development or communications matters, email hillary@enoriver.org.

Buc-ees project cancelled!

Pressure from citizens and hard questions from our local officials have prompted the Buccee’s developers to withdraw this project, which would have built a very large (100 pump) gas station, retail store, 120 room hotel, a retail/restaurant mini mall, 7 acres of road and 8 acres of parking – all draining into Sevenmile Creek, a major tributary of the Eno River. 

“While development is important to our communities, it must be done in a way that fits with existing uses, current zoning designations, and preserves our natural assets. Efland Station’s plan didn’t fit, and we are satisfied with their decision to withdraw their application,” said Executive Director of the Eno River Association, Jessica Sheffield.

Thank you, Eno Family, for your engagement in this advocacy for our neighbors, our streams, and our community!

If you would like to join our advocacy efforts by mobilizing your community or serving on our Land Use & Advocacy Committee, please email us or call 919-620-9099. 

Thank you friends!

Thanks to your generous support, we’ve hit our 2020 year-end goals and can start 2021 strong and stable in the face of continued uncertainty.

It has been a challenging year for so many, but the Eno has seen record visitation and our Association, strong participation from neighbors like you. With the final push from our generous Eno community, we are pleased to share that individuals, foundations, and corporate partners donated a combined $2.9 million to the Eno River Association in 2020, including the historic establishment of the Roberta & Herman Brown Land Preservation Fund.

We have you, our loyal friends, to thank for ensuring we are responding to the needs of our Eno community throughout 2021 as well. Because of you, we are looking forward to a bright New Year. Together we can accomplish so much, including:

  • **Continuing to support and expand conserved land at Eno River State Park, West Point on the Eno, and all of the parks & natural areas within the Eno River basin
  • **Keep our 220-acre Confluence Natural Area open seven days per week to support visitors seeking the restorative beauty of nature along nearly three miles of Eno riverfront
  • **Grow our acclaimed education programs to provide support to students and teachers for whom hands-on, experiential learning outdoors brings health and wellness benefits in addition growth in STEM skills and environmental literacy
  • **Develop a new strategic plan to keep our focus sharp, assure that the protection and education projects we undertake are the right ones, and ensure that our organization welcomes all people who live and play in our diverse region
  • Respond quickly when key properties become available for conservation and preservation

Thank you for being a part of our Eno family, and for your support in 2020. We look forward to another year of protecting the natural, historical, and cultural resources of the Eno River basin — together!

You can still make a gift to support these key goals for our Durham and Orange County communities.

Dave Cook Receives Governor’s Order of the Long Leaf Pine

Dave G. Cook, retiring Education & Outreach Coordinator for the Eno River Association has received the Order of the Long Leaf Pine award. The award was presented to Mr. Cook on December 6 by North Carolina State Senator Mike Woodard during the Association’s Annual Meeting, held virtually because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Since 1963, North Carolina’s governors have reserved their highest honor, The Order of the Long Leaf Pine award, for persons who have made significant contributions to the state and their communities through their exemplary service and exceptional accomplishments.

Mr. Cook is a seasoned North Carolina State Park Ranger, Superintendent, and District Superintendent. He has served at the Eno River Association since 2016, and intends to continue volunteering after his retirement in January.

“Dave’s comfort in, knowledge of, and passion for the outdoors is contagious. He has been the perfect person to lead Eno River Association’s Education and Outreach efforts these past few years, following his long service with Boy Scouts of America and North Carolina State Parks. His leadership experience, community engagement, and volunteerism make him the ideal candidate for the Order of the Long Leaf Pine,” noted Jessica Sheffield, Executive Director of the Eno River Association.

The Order of Long Leaf Pine is the highest award for state service granted by the Office of the Governor. More information can be found on its website: https://longleafpinesociety.org/order-of-the-long-leaf-pine/  Messages of appreciation for Dave’s service are being collected at association@enoriver.org.