Eno Zoom Backgrounds

Bring your friends and family to the Eno by using these backgrounds on your next Zoom call.

What’s your favorite? Consider joining us to help protect these beautiful spaces by making your membership gift.

Instructions for Use:

  1. Download your favorite picture by clicking on the thumbnail below to enlarge it on your screen.
  2. Right click and select Save Image As… Navigate to your preferred folder. Click Save.
  3. During your next Zoom call, using the Desktop version of Zoom, click the ^ arrow next to Start/Stop Video.
  4. Select Choose a virtual background… (If prompted, click Download to download the package for virtual background without a green screen.)
  5. A new window will open. Click on [+] at the right under your image. Select Add Image.
  6. Navigate to the folder that contains the Eno picture you saved in Step 1, select that picture, and click Open. Your picture will appear behind you in the preview window.
  7. Close this window to return to the meeting window.

For more tips and troubleshooting, check out Zoom’s detailed instructions.

Wildflower Society

Photo by Joe Liles, Wildflower Society Member

Members of our Wildflower Society have made a special commitment to the Eno River Association with their annual contribution of $500 or more. The support of these members allow us to be strategic, proactive, and responsive to new land protection opportunities as they arise. Wildflower Society members receive invitations to special events and priority listing in our newsletter unless they wish to remain anonymous.

Make your membership gift to join the Wildflower Society online.

Wildflower Society Members as of March 2021

Meredith Barrett & Aaron Stoertz
Bill & Carol Charping
The Estate of Joyce Brown
Lonna & Richard Harkrader
George & Rosemary Kolasa
Jennifer & Lance Rogers
Clare & Richard Weinberg
Aaron & Mandy Wilkinson
Cathie & Tim Wilkinson
Hilary & Andrew Wilkinson

Donna Baird
Andy Balber & Frances Kerr
Ann Louise Barrick & Joyce McNeill
Bascom Hall McKay & Frances Clayton McKay Charitable Fund of Triangle
Community Foundation
Lynn Bowlby & Neal Ready
Brenda Brodie
David & Carol Bunnel
Susan Gidwitz & Gail Freeman
Virginia Gilbert
Richard Low & Anne Almond
Mary Love May & Paul Gabrielson
Stuart & Linda Paynter
Mollie & Bill Purdy
David & Olivia Singleton
Julia Tyler
Charlie Wilson
Chuck & Jean Wilson

Anthony & Paula Adams
Kristin & Will Anderson
Greg Beck
Larry Bohs & Elizabeth Searles-Bohs
Michael W. Broome & Lisa L. Lorenzin
James Brosnan
Joel Bulkley
Rick Burt
Jeff Chase & Nonna Skumanich
Maria & Curtis Chi
Kevin & Patti Clayton
Don & Judith Cox
Mary & Mike Czysz
Barbara & Tom Driscoll
David & Angela Duty
Dr. Harold Erickson
Chris Eubank & Lisa McQuay
Mike Giarla & Ellen Michelson
Christy & Jim Gudaitis
Tony & Grace Hackney
Carson Harkrader & Gary Kueber
Joyce Hopkins
Alice & George Horton
Janet Jezsik
Ryan & Rebekah Kelly
Charity Kirk
Trish Kohler
Randy & Cathy Lambe
Geri LaPlaca
David & Lissa Lutz
Cathy Murphy & John Manuel
John & Margaret March
Debbie & Richard Marion
Julia Marshall
Jennifer McDuffie & Hal Kuhns
Janis McFarland & Richard McLaughlin
Brian & Sarah McGiverin
Karen McLachlan
Laurie McNeil & Pat Wallace
Art Mines & Elizabeth Dyer
Bonny Moellenbrock & Michael Lowry
Julie & Rich Mooney
Fred & Cathy Myers
Carolyn Norris
Chris & Kelly O’Toole
Fred Parham
John Pearson & Gail Goodling
Bercedis Peterson
Diana & Barry Phillips
Peter & Ona Pickens
Bruce Pitner
Beth Preslar & Raleigh Roark
Marilyn & Richardson Preyer
Ellen & Ken Reckhow
Chris Richmond & Lucy Wilson
Elizabeth Robbins
Beverly Scarlett
Greig & Kristen Schneider
Anthony & Stella Schomberg Fund of Triangle Community Foundation
Pete & Margaret Schubert
Kathleen & Todd Shapley-Quinn
Scott & Sarah Sipe
Aimee Tattersall
Amy & David Turner

Sue Alexander
Carol Anderson
Phyllis & Bob Andrews
Jenny Arcino & Ryan McCarty
Dawn & Joel Battiste
Eric Bauer & Darcie Smith
Beverly Bell & Lucy Piner
Rebecca & Greg Berenfield
Steve Booth & Mary Lou Rollins
Bill & B.J. Boyarsky
Tim Brooks
Shannon & Stephen Brown
Zachary Brown
Ann Bushyhead & John Valentine
Gene & Susan Carlone
Richard Carroll & Doreen Collins
Thomas & Susan Carson
Jeanne & Bob Chamberlin
Julie Chappell
Christina Chia & Gary Ashwill
Sara & Rush Childs
Catherine Cole
Tom Cole
Ann Colosia
Sandra Cook & Chuck Darsie
Donna Deal
Fred Dietrich & Jenny Tenor
Margaret Donnelly
Anne Christine Emler
Karen Fieselman
Dale & John Fluke
Mike & Ruth Freeman
Susan Garrity
Jane Gledhill
Edd & Gita Gulati-Partee
Amy Laura Hall
Maggi & Ron Hall
Albert & Elizabeth Harris
Emily K. Hill
Jonathan & Sarah Hodges
Elvira & Tom Howard
Sally & Rob Jackson
Peter & Sandra Jacobi
Barry & Robin Jacobs
Helen Kalevas & Todd Dickinson
Ann & Bill Kirkland
Jeffrey & Lynne Koweek
Joyce Kurpiers & Tim Kelly
Harriet & Michael Lakin
Joe & Judy Liles
Charles Lohr
Croft Long
Laura Lunsford
Chris & Anna Lynch
Jennifer Maher
Lisa McQuay & Chris Eubank
Pam Mears & Steve Pomeroy
Don Moffitt & Sidney Cruze
Jonas & Maggie Monast
David Montgomery
Pamela Morse
Michael & Morgan Moylan
Thomas Narten & Susan Rodger
Robert & Vicki Nebes
Michelle Nowlin & John Tallmadge
Gene & Sara O’Neill
Mary Panek
Emily & James Pearce
John Petranka & Sally Gewalt
Milo Pyne & Alexa McKerrow
Betsy Rainoff
Holly Reid & Rich Shaw
Jean & Dan Ricca
Allison Rosenberg & Logan Everett
David Roswell & Margaret Heraty
Cynthia Satterfield
Jonathan Scott & Barbara LeVarge
Ernie & Valerie Sears
Jessica Sheffield
Claudia Sheppard
Paul Sherblom
Gwen Silver
Joyce & Jim Snapper
David Sutton
Ruth & John Stanton
Aviva Starr & Sherry Samuels
Tyson Steffens
Richard Stern
Anna Stout
Tom Struhsaker & Theresa Pope
Russell Thomas
Karen & Tom Tierney
Susan Van Eyck & Barry Johnson
Alexander Van Nievelt
Heather Washburn
Emily Eve Weinstein
Renee Weisner & Ken Schmader
Tom & Kate Whiteside
Connie Winstead & Bo Glenn
Sarah & Mike Woodard
Brent Wootton
Bonnie Wright & Martin Eakes
John & Nancy Wyman


Eno River Association is pleased to announce a transformational new instrument in the conservation and protection of lands within the Eno River basin.

The Roberta and Herman Brown Land Preservation Fund provides resources to maintain and purchase land and easements in Orange County. This fund was established through a nearly $2 million bequest from the estate of Joyce Brown, daughter of Roberta & Herman.

“Orange County lands along the Eno River have and continue to be a high priority for our watershed protection plan. As these past years have seen incredible population growth in the County, it is essential that we continue to proactively preserve open spaces, protect wildlife corridors, and provide outdoor areas that all citizens can enjoy,” said Jessica Sheffield, Executive Director in a statement to its members.

Joyce Brown, 2012

A long-time advocate for the environment, Joyce Brown was elected to the Chapel Hill Town Council in 1989. During her 12-year tenure, Ms. Brown focused on environmental and energy conservation, as well as neighborhood preservation. Ms. Brown was also active with several environmental groups throughout her lifetime, including Eno River Association, the North Carolina Conservation Council, Sierra Club, Citizens Against Shearon Harris, among others. Ms. Brown had deep Orange County roots, and was a direct descendant of Matthew McCauley, one of the original land donors who helped create the University of North Carolina.

In 2012, Ms. Brown was honored as a community treasure by the Chapel Hill Historical Society, and she reflected on her hopes that “the community will be cognizant of environmental resources as they plan for potential growth.” Her bequest will help carry on this dream: preserving natural lands in Orange County, and ensuring those lands support the needs of a growing community.

The timing of this gift coincides with the opportunity to help the Eno River State Park complete its master plan, which envisions an over 6,700-acre park. Currently the Park encompasses 4,500 acres leaving over 2,000 to be acquired, much of it in Orange County where pressure from developers can mean inflated property values. The Brown gift will help the Association leverage funding from other sources for these purchases, as well as close a large gap in protection between Duke Forest and the Association’s Confluence Natural Area near the headwaters of the Eno River, also in Orange County.

“Joyce Brown’s generosity will have an impact on the river and the plants and animals that live there for generations to come. But lands in the Eno River basin are extremely desirable, and we will make great strides in completing the State Park Master Plan when many others combine their generosity with Ms. Brown’s. The Eno River runs through the lives of millions of people, and we know they will be inspired to join in the work to protect the river,” said Don Moffitt, board chair for the Eno River Association.

The Roberta & Herman Brown Land Preservation Fund will join the Margaret C. Nygard Acquisition Fund and the Allen Lloyd Fund for the Upper Eno as dedicated funding to help purchase and steward properties along the Eno River. Individuals who want to learn more about planned giving or opportunities to get involved should contact Director of Development, Emily Hill at 919-620-9099 or learn more here.

2020 Festival for the Eno Canceled

Photo by Caroline Cockrell, Festival for the Eno 2019

It is with deep sadness that we announce the cancellation of the 41st Festival for the Eno, scheduled for July 3 and 4, 2020. We do this following much thoughtful deliberation and in consultation with our many partners including the City of Durham, Orange and Durham Counties, NC State Parks, and many local participants, sponsors, artists, and friends. We waited as long as possible to make this decision, in hopes that we could present some scaled-down version of this beloved annual tradition this summer.  Unfortunately, we can no longer see any feasible way to produce an event of this magnitude and complexity while ensuring the health and safety of everyone involved. 

Due to the continued uncertainly about the future spread of the COVID virus, we do not plan to reschedule the 2020 Festival for the Eno.

We are heartbroken that we will not get to see everyone “on the Eno” this July, but hope to see you in smaller gatherings – on the trails and along the river banks in some of the over 7,400 acres of protected lands preserved through our efforts.  We hope resume planning live events later this fall, and will incorporate as many elements of the EnoFest into these events as is practical. We look forward to seeing you at West Point City Park on Independence Day weekend 2021.  In the meantime, we will continue to promote the nature, culture and history of the Eno River through virtual experiences, and self-guided activities – accessible online via Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and the Festival website.

The Festival for the Eno is our largest public event and our greatest opportunity to raise awareness & funds that protect the land & water quality of the Eno River. We need to raise $50,000 to offset the loss of the 2020 Festival and continue our advocacy, education, and awareness efforts for the Eno River basin. You can help by making a donation to our Festival Fund or purchasing an Eno River T-Shirt or Poster. More Festival merchandise coming soon!

Thank you to our Festival sponsors:

See the complete list of sponsors at EnoFest.org

Celebrate Earth Day 2020

Photo by Dalvin Nichols, www.8bitphotog.com

There are so many ways to celebrate our beloved river and our earth today, and we hope you’ll take part in at least one of them:⁠

…download our Treasure Maps for the Confluence Natural Area⁠

…color a page from our coloring book

…represent the Eno River (and support our work) with a purchase from our online store⁠

…become a member by making a gift to our 40-mile Challenge in honor of Earth Day⁠

…sing along with our I Love the Eno music video…

…hug a tree, take a hike, meditate in the woods…⁠ ⁠

Whatever you do, we hope it brings you joy! ⁠Happy Earth Day!


A $15,000 grant from the Duke Energy Foundation will help bring environmental education and outdoor experiences to more than 2,500 youth and adults in the next year. The grant was awarded to the Eno River Association, which will use the funds to connect people with the Eno through its education and outreach programs.

Seeking to excite participants in protecting the Eno River, the Association provides hundreds of conservation, science, and history programs through field trips, outreach to schools & community groups, education at community events, program support to Parks within the watershed, Sunday afternoon guided hikes, and other programs open to the public at little or no charge.

A key focus of the award is supporting the Association’s youth education programs which support 1,100 youth annually. iWalk the Eno Science & Nature Day Camp and Eno River Field Station, the Association’s unique summer STEM programs serve youth age 8-15 with in-depth science and nature experiences. These programs focus on hands-on, feet-wet, experiential learning with the Eno River serving as the classroom, laboratory, and research station.

Funding from Duke Energy will provide scholarships for students to attend the camps at low or no cost. Durham and Orange counties have higher-than-average rates of low income and minority populations, and the Association has responded by removing barriers to participation for these populations.

“We have a lot of smart, enthusiastic kids who want to attend summer camp or explore careers in STEM, but not all families can afford that experience. Thanks to funders who care like Duke Energy, we can bring these kids to the River, and excite them about our wild places. We are building future conservationists.”

Dave Cook, education & outreach coordinator

With the help of its partners, the Association provides scholarships for all students, additional funding for free- and reduced-lunch participants, and resources in Spanish and English. All other youth education programs and field trips are provided to schools and community groups at no charge, and the Association prioritizes the 18 Title One public schools in its service area. Additional funding is provided by the Burroughs Wellcome Student Science Enrichment Program and donations from Association members.

“Science education and environmental stewardship are two critical focus areas for Duke Energy. The Eno River Association’s programs are proven to support achievement and enthusiasm for science, and we’re happy to make this opportunity available to kids from diverse backgrounds across the Eno watershed.”

Duke Energy’s Indira Everett, district manager for government & community relations in Durham and Orange counties

iWalk the Eno runs June 16-19 and 22-26 for youth 8-12 and Eno River Field Station runs July 27-31 for teens 12-15 with a strong interest in science or natural resource conservation. The Eno River Association continues to monitor health guidelines and school schedules, and refunds will be available should the camps be cancelled. More information and updates will be shared via the Association website.

Duke Energy has reaffirmed their commitment to their nonprofit partners and has promised flexibility in response to COVID-19 impacts.