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.

Shop Hyper-local Online!

Just in time for the holidays, our Online Eno Store gives you the opportunity to shop local, online!

Shop Eno Store favorites including:
*Festival for the Eno posters, screen prints, and art
*Eno Hats & T-shirts
*Eno Bandanas — new colors released!
*The 2021 Eno Calendar, our 50th anniversary edition!

Plus, brand new merchandise just in time for the holidays!
*Long-sleeved tees
*Dog leashes
*Eno Logo Tote Bags — great for gift wrapping items for that Eno-lover on your list!

More items on the way! Special surprises! Inventory reduction deals! Limited edition releases from our archive! You don’t want to miss it.

Eno River Association Members receive a 10% discount through Sunday, December 6. If you haven’t already received your member discount code for 10% off, or have questions about your membership, please email development@enoriver.org.

You’re Invited: 2021 Virtual Annual Meeting

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Honoring Native American Heritage Month

November is National American Indian Heritage Month. The Eno River Association joins in paying tribute to the rich ancestry and traditions of Native Americans. We have recently updated our Land Acknowledgment Statement as further commitment to practicing inclusion daily.

Photo by Mike Salemi

The Eno River Association respectfully acknowledges that the land that we are on today is the traditional and ancestral homelands of the Occaneechi Band of the Saponi, the Tutelo, the Shakori, the Cheraw, and the Eno. They descended from an ancient tribe called the Yesah and spoke dialects of the Siouan language. The Eno River Valley was their home as it was for Woodland Natives for thousands of years before the arrival of people from other continents. We recognize Indigenous peoples as the original stewards of this land.

The mission of the Eno River Association includes the protection of the natural, historical, and cultural resources of the Eno River Basin. That protection is mostly necessary due to colonial practices and an economic system of land use and ownership that has often degraded our environment and dispossessed many peoples of color in the Eno River Valley.

This acknowledgement is part of the education and practice of inclusion we seek to demonstrate to our community to recognize and respect the history of this land and this river, and all peoples and beings on the Eno through time.

Protection Added To Nancy Rhodes Creek

Nancy Rhodes Creek

On October 30, 2020, the Eno River Association accepted the donation of a conservation easement on an 8.8-acre property in Durham adjacent to Eno River State Park across from the Pump Station Trail access. The Nancy Rhodes Creek Conservation Easement was generously donated by Weaving Water, LLC with support from Triangle Community Foundation and will help to ensure the protection of water quality to Nancy Rhodes Creek and the Eno River. It also protects a portion of an important Natural Area and plant species. This land was formerly part of Dr. Robert Holloway’s Farm and contained the collect structures associated with the former Rivermont Carbonated Spring Water. To learn more, click here.


Reptile Safari at the Confluence

Sign up for one or more nature explorations.  Group sizes are limited to 10 and masks must be worn where we cannot spread out.

Where: Confluence Natural Area, 4214 Highland Farm Rd, Hillsborough, NC 27278.

When: Saturday, October 3rd, 2020

From Hillsborough take Hwy 86 North away from town 1.6 miles from US70. Turn left on Coleman Loop 1.1 miles. Turn left on Highland Farm Rd 2.4 miles. The Confluence is on the left. There is a large sign and a gravel driveway.

Cost Per Person: $5 adults; $3 Eno River Association Members and children under age 18 (plus a processing fee)

Register: Nature Fun Day

Questions: education@enoriver.org or (919)620-9099 ext. 1204

Rain or Shine!

8:00 AM – Birding the Eno: Join us on a morning discovery of the birds of the Eno.  We will use sight and sound to identify who is flying through the fields, trees, and sky.  Good for both new and experienced birders.  Bring your own binoculars but we will have a few to share.  This will be about a mile and half walk over 90 minutes.  No dogs please.  Suggested ages 10 and up.

SOLD OUT! 9:00 AM – Wildflowers of the Confluence: Find out what is blooming in the fields, forest, and flood plain this fall.  We will get into some of the life history and benefits uses of the plants. This will be on easy to moderate trails for about two miles in a leisurely 2 hour walk with lots of stops.  Suggested ages 12 and up.

SOLD OUT! 10:30 AM – Reptile and Amphibian Safari: The Eno River Association maintains cover boards and tree frog tubes at the Confluence and we will be setting out turtle traps in advance.  Come along with us as we check them for turtles, snakes, toads, frogs, lizards, and salamanders.  This will be on easy to moderate trails with short excursions into the woods for about two miles in a leisurely 2 hour walk with lots of stops.  Suggested ages 8 and up.

LIMITED AVAILABILITY! 2:00 PM – Insect Expedition: Discover the fascinating life of bugs buzzing around us.  We will explore our six-legged neighbors in the fields and forest.  Collection nets, containers, and magnifying glasses provided. Cameras encouraged.  90-minute program.  Suggested ages 8 and up.

4:00 PM – Seining the Creeks: We may get wet!  Lots of cool fish call the creeks of the confluence home.  Some familiar, others not well known.  We will run nets and check fish traps, identify the fish we find and learn thing about their sub-surface lives.  Must be able to wade in shallow water (up to your waist) on uneven or muddy creek bottom. Wear footwear that can get wet and suitable to protect your feet from rocks and sticks. UPDATE: We can provide gators.  This is a two-hour program.  Suggested ages 11 and up.

SOLD OUT! 7:00PM – Bat Survey: Using computerized equipment we will capture and identify the echo-location calls of bats native to the Eno.  We have enough tablets for everyone to work in pairs.  Discover the variety of bats flying around us when it is too dark to even see they are there.  Learn about how theses bats live and why they are important to us. This is a 90-minute program.  Suggested ages 10 and up.