Dedicated to protecting and restoring Ellerbe Creek.


We will send out this newsletter bi-monthly to keep you up-to-date with ECWA news and upcoming activities. The E-zine with watershed flora & fauna information will come out in alternate months.


Upcoming Events 


A calendar of our winter events & opportunities.


Ellerbe Creek Family Explorer’s Club 


The Ellerbe Creek Family Explorer’s Club (left) usually meets on the first Saturday of every month and is open to all families in Durham and surrounding communities. Children and an adult family member attend together. The outings focus on nature activities for those 6 years old and under, although all family members of all ages are invited to participate.The Club is free, and events usually last about an hour. Families are encouraged to attend as often as schedules permit.


Join us on January 12th  at 10 am at the Glennstone Preserve for the next outing for "Your Special Path". As we walk through the woods and keep your eyes open for interesting things. As you explore,let your senses go to work. Really listen, look, smell and feel! Mark the things of most interest to you on a "map" of your special path. Sign-up for the outings at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call Katherine at 919-698-9729. We will be back on our 1st Sat. schedule in Feb.

REI/ Ellerbe Creek Community Workday Sat. January 19


Join us at the Glennstone Preserve for our first REI workday in 2013 on Sat. January 19 from

10 am to 1 pm. Lend a hand at this workday for trail building and maintenance, kiosk repairs, cleaning up around the homestead on the property, and other preserve maintenance. 


Wear long pants, long sleeves, and close-toed shoes. Bring your own gloves if you prefer. We will provide the tools, water and snacks. You are welcome you to bring your kids, neighbors, and friends. Let us know if you can join our workday team on Jan. 19 or if you have any questions - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. This ECWA workday is in partnership with REI Durham.

Nature Hikes


 January 27, 2 pm at 17-Acre Wood Preserve

Join us for our first nature hike in the New Year, a Dendrology Hike at the 17-Acre Wood Preserve on Sunday, January 27. 2 pm to 4 pm. Naturalist, and environmentalist Milo Pyne will lead this hike, and will teach us to identify trees and woody plants in the winter landscape by observing twig structure, bark pattern, leaf scarring, and other characteristics. Milo is the Senior Regional Ecologist at NatureServe’s Southeastern US Office in Durham, NC and has over 20 years of experience in biodiversity conservation and natural area planning. He is also President of the Eno River Association. He’s a high energy and fascinating walk leader! Space is limited, so RSVP today at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


March 3, 2 pm at Pearl Mill Preserve

Join us on Sunday, March 3 at

2 pm at Pearl Mill Preserve for a Stormwater Walk. Learn about the geology and hydrology of Ellerbe Creek, and how stormwater affects the creek, as well as ways stormwater from impervious surfaces can be managed more effectively to reduce its impact on Ellerbe Creek. Our walk leader, Kathi Beratan is a geologist and sustainability expert and a Reserach Assistant Professor at NC State's Dept. of Forestry and Environmental Resources.  Kathi is also a long-time volunteer for Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association, where she has focused on water quality, stormwater management and sustainability concerns. This will be a very informative walk about the water quality and management issues facing Ellerbe Creek. Kathi is a dynamic guide, with a deep understanding of these issues. Space is limited, so RSVP today at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..';document.getElementById('cloak9963ba1f59ee5cd86dc51de7c3d7caed').innerHTML += ''+addy_text9963ba1f59ee5cd86dc51de7c3d7caed+'<\/a>';

Winter Workdays

Though it is hard to believe, spring is just around the corner, and we have some great workdays ahead to help with preparing the preserves for the warmer days ahead!


February 16 - 17-Acre Wood Preserve Workday – 10 am to 1pm. More details soon!

March 16 - Pearl Mill Preserve workday. More details soon!

Rain Garden & Cistern Installation Class 

Are you interested in learning more about rain garden and cistern installation? Join us on Feb. 5, at 6:45 pm at the Main Library for this overview class. You will learn where to locate your rain garden, how to size it, what to plant and how to maintain as a beautiful landscape feature for years to come. Hand outs and information will be provided free of charge.


Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Funding for the class is provided by the City of Durham Stormwater Services Division.

Bull City Food and Beer Experience

Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013 - 4 pm to 8 pm at the DPAC


The Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC), Sam’s Quik Shop, and Tyler’s Restaurant & Taproom are launching the inaugural Bull City Food & Beer Experience in downtown Durham with local food, beer tastings and three speakers from the beer industry. This event will help raise money for the Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association!


The Bull City Food & Beer Experience will have food from 20 local restaurants and beer from 50+ local and national breweries, with live music from Mipso. Food will be carefully paired with local North Carolina beers providing both a complementary and contrasting flavor experience, showing the amazing capacity beer has when paired with a wide variety of food. And there will be a variety of brews from around the world to sample and enjoy. Tickets are limited - more information here!

The three guest speakers from the beer industry speaking at the event include: Ken Grossman from Sierra Nevada, Kim Jordan from New Belgium and Dale Katechis from Oskar Blues will be speaking at the event. All three breweries have chosen North Carolina for their East Coast expansion bringing hundreds of jobs and incredible brewing right here to the Tar Heel State.

We hope to see you for this great event with good food, good beer, and good music!

The Great Human Race


The 2012 ECWA team of runners and walkers raised over $5000 to support our work. We need YOU on the 2013 team to reach the goal of $7000. Find out more about the Great Human Race by clicking here.

The race is on Saturday, April 6, 2013. We’ll get you started with race registration and set you up with an easy fundraising webpage. If you are interested in joining this year's ECWA team, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If you aren't able to participant as a runner or walker this year, you can still help support ECWA by being a sponsor for one of our volunteers! More information soon!


Our 4th Annual Beaver Queen Pageant Kick-off Party is on Sat. April 27, 2013 at the CASBAH! We hope to see you there!

Committee and Board Meetings


We would love to have you join us for any of the many volunteer opportunities with the Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association. The workdays you can participate in are listed above, and there are many other ways to volunteer including joining a committee or volunteering to help with an event.


Meeting times and dates for committees –

Outreach, Education, & Publication Committee (OEPC) - Jan. 23 (usu. 3rd Wednesday of the month)

Membership Committee - TBD

Land Stewardship Committee - Jan. 2 & Jan. 23 (usu. 4th Wednesday of the Month)

Land Acquisition Committee - Jan. 22 (usu. 3rd Tuesday of the month)

Fundraising Committee - TBD (usu. 1st Wednesday of the month)


Our Board meetings are open to the public as well (usually the 2nd Wednesday of the month).  The next meeting is Jan. 16. Please contact Katherine at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 919-698-9729 for details.

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End of the Year Drive a Success!


Thank you to all who generously donated to our End of the Year fundraising drive. We are grateful that with your help, our goal for the drive was exceeded. If you haven't sent in your donation for 2012, there is still time! You can donate at or send a check to ECWA, PO Box 2679, Durham, NC 27715! Thank you again!

ECWA + Trinity Park + Duke Students Team up for Pearl Mill Workday


Thank you to all the volunteers who came out on Dec. 1 for a successful workday at Pearl Mill. The volunteers were organized by Duke Student Government and the Trinity Park Neighborhood Association. They made a huge difference in the Pearl Mill Preserve picking up trash and removing invasive weeds from the trail along the creek that serves as the eastern boundary of the Trinity Park neighborhood. Their enthusiasm was wonderful, and they got so much done! What a great workday!

Congratulations to Schoolhouse of Wonder, E.K. Powe & ECWA!


Duke Community Care Fund recently awarded Schoolhouse and their partners from Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association (ECWA) and E.K. Powe Elementary School a $4,000 grant. Together the partners will design and lead a series of walking field trips to ECWA’s “17-Acre Wood” nature preserve for Kindergarten and 4th grade students at E.K. Powe. These experiences will be designed to:


·engage students in hands-on investigations designed to teach the NC Essential Standards for Science; 

·increase students' awareness and ownership of a neighborhood resource; and

·get students moving and learning outdoors. 


We are excited about this great partnership, and are thrilled to be helping these students learn about science and environmental stewardship while exploring the ecology of their own neighborhood.