Forsyth Creek Week


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Image by Keith Finch, Vegetation Management Director, City of Winston-Salem

Forsyth Creek Week, an annual county-wide initiative to promote understanding and appreciation for local waterways, is planned for April 2-10. While this list of events is not all-inclusive, it does highlight many of the family-friendly activities. For more information and a complete list of events, visit forsythcreekweek.squarespace.com.

April 2

Forsyth Creek Week at Lewisville Library
Enjoy a day of crafts, games and all things educational for fishing and fly fishing in the area. During the week-long celebration of all things creek, pick up a program at the library for a list of programs. 9a.m.-2 p.m. Free. 336-703-2942. Lewisville Branch Library, 6490 Shallowford Road, Lewisville.

“History and Nature” A Salem Creek Guided Tour
The celebration of Salem’s 250th anniversary this year is a great time to think about its environment. Tour this natural area and learn the deep history along Salem Creek. Tour booklet included. Registration required. 2-4 p.m. Free. 336-721-7307. Salem Creek, 694 Hanes Mall Blvd., Winston-Salem.

April 2-3

Salem Creek Greenway Segway Trail Ride
April 2-3. Creek Week partner Triad ECO Adventures is offering 50 percent off for Creek Weekers who sign up for their guided Salem Creek Greenway Segway Trail Ride. Instruction, helmet and Segway rental included. Reservation and deposit required. Ages 14 and older. 10 a.m.-Noon. $30. 336-722-7777. Triad Eco Adventures, 176 YWCA Way, Winston-Salem.

April 3

Bethabara Park Creek Crawl
The Foothills Group of the Sierra Club offers a creek crawl to explore one of the many creeks that played a significant role in the settlement of the area known as Wachovia. About 2 miles, rated easy. Registration required. 1:30-3:30 p.m. Free. 336.473.0283. Historic Bethabara Park, 2147 Bethabara Road, Winston-Salem.

Forsyth Audubon Bird Walks
Perfect for individuals, families and young children interested in birds. April is migration season as well as breeding season for local year-round birds, so participants are likely to see a variety of birds. Bring binoculars. 9-10:30 a.m. Free. 336-727-8000. Three simultaneous bird walks led by Forsyth Audubon members: Little Creek Greenway 610 Foxcroft Drive, W-S; Civitan Park/Salem Creek Greenway, Anderson Center parking lot footbridge; Bethabara Greenway, 2147 Bethabara Road, Winston-Salem.

Creekside Bike Excursions
Join Winston-Salem Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator Matthew Burczyk for a Sunday afternoon bike ride and get an inside look at the city’s plans for future greenways. Ride covers 4 to 5 miles. 3-6 p.m. Free. 336-727-8000. Winston-Salem State University, 601 S. Martin Luther King Jr Dr., Winston-Salem.

April 4

Lunch & Learn: The Water We Drink
The City-County Utilities Division purifies almost 40 million gallons of water daily from Salem Lake and the Yadkin River for customers in Winston-Salem and Forsyth County. Bring a bag lunch and see how it’s done during this entertaining tour. Noon-2 p.m. Free. 336-727-8000. R.A. Thomas Water Treatment Plant, 1201 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Winston-Salem.

April 5

A Creek Week Conversation with Peter Raabe
Join Peter Raabe of American Rivers to learn about the opportunities that Durham and Raleigh have put into motion as examples of what can be done in Winston-Salem and Forsyth County. Q & A, exhibits and reception included. 7-9 p.m. Free. 336-727-8000. James A Gray Auditorium, Old Salem Visitors Center, 900 Old Salem Road, Winston-Salem.

Lunch & Learn: Steps to Greener Car Care
Properly maintaining your vehicle improves its efficiency, reduces emissions and saves money as you burn less gas and prevent future car trouble. Bring a bag lunch and learn how to check oil, filters and fluids, replace wiper blades and more. Noon-2 p.m. Free. 336-727-8000. Kernersville Public Services Garage, Conference Room, 720 Mckaughan St., Kernersville.

Otter Encounter
Meet the otter curator and learn all about their diet, natural history and playful nature. Then watch as the otters enjoy a special enrichment activity. Included with museum admission. 11:30 a.m. $9-$11. 336-767-6730. SciWorks, 400 W. Hanes Mill Road, Winston-Salem.

April 6

Lunch & Learn: Where the Wastewater Goes
The treated wastewater (i.e. sewage) that the Utilities Division puts back into the Yadkin River is cleaner than the raw water that it pulls out of the river for water treatment plants. Bring your lunch and see how it happens during this informative tour. Noon-2 p.m. Free. 336-727-8000. Archie Elledge Wastewater Treatment Plant, 801 Griffith Road, Winston-Salem.

April 7

Creek Week Book Discussion
Rain: A Natural and Cultural History by Cynthia Barnett was an NPR Science Friday Best Book of 2015. Copies are available for check-out at the Forsyth County Public Library. Book discussion led by Candace Brennan of the Forsyth County Public Library. 3:30-5:30 p.m. Free. 336-727-8000. Coffee Park at the Milton Rhodes Center, 251 N. Spruce St., Winston-Salem.

Movie Night
Follow a renowned team of scientists studying climate change in the fastest winter-warming place in the world, the West Antarctic Peninsula. Free and open to the public. 7-9 p.m. Free. 336-727-8000. Temple Emanuel, 201 Oakwood Drive, Winston-Salem.

April 8

Otter Encounter
Meet the otter curator and learn all about their diet, natural history and playful nature. Then watch as the otters enjoy a special enrichment activity. Included with museum admission. 11:30 a.m. $9-$11. 336-767-6730. SciWorks, 400 W. Hanes Mill Road, Winston-Salem.

April 9

Great American Cleanup
Join the hundreds of volunteers who turn out every spring to spruce up the community. A great way for students, scouts and members of service organizations to earn service hours. For Winston-Salem, register at KWSB.CityofWS.org; For Clemmons, call 336-766-9170 to register. All ages. 9 a.m.-Noon. Free. 336-727-8000. Winston-Salem and Forsyth County.

Salem Creek: Creek Crawl and Rubber Duck Regatta
Join in a madcap Rubber Duck Regatta fundraiser on Salem Creek at the Gateway Nature Center, where your duck will compete for fun prizes. Afterward, get into the creek and learn about stream formation and the wildlife that lives in the creek. 2-4 p.m. Free ($5 per Rubber Duck Donation suggested). Family Services, 1200 S. Broad St., Winston-Salem.

Yadkin River Cleanup
Grab your canoe or kayak and join the Yadkin Riverkeeper for a waterborne cleanup of the Yadkin River from U.S 421 to the Huntsville take-out (5.4 miles). Participation is limited to 30 boats. Registration Required. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. 336-722-4949. Yadkin River , 846 W. 4th St., Winston-Salem.

April 10

Creekside Bike Excursions
Join Winston-Salem Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator Matthew Burczyk for a Sunday afternoon bike ride and get an inside look at the city’s plans for future greenways. Ride covers 4 to 5 miles. 3-6 p.m. Free. 336-727-8000. Twin City Little League Complex, Parking Lot, 2801 New Walkertown Road, Winston-Salem.

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