Join us for Creek Week!

Durham Creek Week is March 14-21, 2020! 

Activities will be available throughout the Triangle to inform residents about our local creeks, rivers, and lakes and about how to keep them healthy. Join a litter clean-up, go on a canoe adventure, and visit any of our nearby nature preserves. The Eno River Association is proud to support Creek Week with several events:

Clean-up along Black Meadow Branch at West Point on the Eno
Saturday, March 14 – 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
Join us for some litter clean-up at West Point on the Eno Durham City Park.
Snacks, gloves, and other materials will be provided. Bring your own water bottle. Location is off the main loop road. Please drive around the gravel loop road past the mill and restrooms until you find the Eno River Association sign and staff.
Learn more or RSVP via Facebook. RSVP welcome, but not required.

Willie Duke’s Bluffs Wildflower Hike
Sunday, March 15 – 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
This hike will lead participants to a noteworthy natural area called Willie Duke’s Bluff where we’ll see outstanding displays of spring wildflowers, including some that are rare and unusual in our area of the Piedmont.
This hike is somewhat difficult and will be off trail, with some bushwhacking and one steep climb.
See complete description here. No RSVP necessary.

Visit www.durhamcreekweek.org for a complete list of events, a water-themed book list, and to download your Creek Week Bingo card. Creek Week partners help Durham residents to discover and explore local streams, and to do their part to protect water resources. Follow on Facebook and Twitter with #DurhamCreekWeek20.

Eno River Association Grows State Park’s Acreage and Protects Land in the Upper Eno River Basin

Tributary to Eno River on the Matheson Property. Photo credit Todd Nance.

On December 17, 2019, the Eno River Association donated 14 acres of land to be included into Occoneechee Mountain State Natural Area and a 1.86-acre trail easement, adjacent to the Eno River and Pleasant Green Road, to be included into Eno River State Park.  The North Carolina Mountains-to-Sea Trail (MST) is proposed to cross through both properties. 

The Eno River Association, in partnership with Orange County’s Lands Legacy Program and the North Carolina Agricultural Development and Farmland Preservation Trust Fund, has also secured the purchase of a “working lands” conservation easement on a 38-acre property in Cedar Grove.  The easement serves the dual purpose of protecting prime farmland and protecting the quality of water that flows downstream of the farm.

For more information click here.

Occoneechee Mountain – Reflections

A documentary by Protected Places Media, presented in honor of our expansion of Occoneechee Mountain State Natural Area

Occoneechee Mountain: Reflections from Ernie Sears on Vimeo.

2020 Eno River Calendar

Our 2020 calendar is a soul-inspiring, story telling and photographic  encounter with the Eno River.  Eyes on the Eno is both looks at the river we love, and those who are watching in nature and in our community. We hope it also inspires you to join our extraordinary journey to save more of the places you love along the Eno and its tributaries.

Read more…

Introducing Our New Executive Director

The Eno River Association (ERA) is pleased to announce that Jessica L. Sheffield will join the Association as its new Executive Director on October 28, 2019. Jessica succeeds Robin Jacobs who will retire after 14 years in the ERA’s top leadership role and six years on the organization’s board of directors. The search was guided by moss+ross, a Triangle-based consulting and executive search firm with expertise in nonprofit management. Click here for the full details.

2019 Festival for the Eno

Thanks to over 500 volunteers, our wonderful sponsors, contributors, participants and attendees, the 40th Festival for the Eno was a fabulously good time celebrating the best of our region’s musics, arts, nature and foods! Even lightning strikes and downpours could not diminish the energy and enthusiasm of the thousands of folks who came to West Point to celebrate the Eno River.

Click here for highlights and look for more pics and stories to come!