Calendar of Events 2021

Note that this calendar is still active and is being added to and adjusted. Stay tuned and check back in closer to the date of your event for finalized details.

Week-Long Events

Scavenger Hunt with iNaturalist hosted by Guilford County Parks and Rec:

Download the iNaturalist app and join Guilford Creek Week for a “crowd-sourced” scavenger hunt for creek life in Guilford County! Any and all wild plants and animals found in and around water in Guilford County between June 5 – June 12 count! (But nothing cultivated in your landscaping – or rocks – or your pets!)

Geocaching with StormwaterSMART

What’s the name of your watershed, and where do its streams flow? How does it fit into the larger River Basin? Does your local creek have a healthy “buffer zone”?

Don’t know? Well, don’t worry! Join us for our Creek Week Geocache adventure is all about! We will use GPS coordinates to get you close to hidden goodies, head on over to https://www.ptrc.org/services/regional-planning/stormwater-smart/geocaches for the clues, starting on June 5!

Creek Week Diorama at the High Point Public Library:

Swing by the High Point Public Library 901 N Main St, High Point, NC 27262, and check out the Creek Week Display in the main lobby that explains about stream health!


Saturday, June 5

Lake Shore Trail Walk (two events)

  • Piedmont Environmental Center, 1220 Penny Rd, High Point, 10a.m.-12p.m. and 1p.m.-3p.m.
  • Discover the plants and animals that like the wet and wild side of life as we walk along the Bill Faver Lake Shore Trail. We will get up close to a beaver lodge, dip our nets to collect bugs, fish and tadpoles and scan the shoreline for herons, ducks and kingfishers. Families are encouraged to participate together! Participants need to dress for outdoor adventures. Register with Piedmont Environmental Center $3/person; free for children under 4. Call 336-833-8531 to register or visit https://www.highpointnc.gov/Facilities/Facility/Details/Piedmont-Environmental-Center-18 for more information.

Wetland Treasure: Richardson-Taylor Wetland Walking Tour

  • 10 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.
  • 300 Plainfield Road, Greensboro, NC 27455 GPS Coordinates: 36.179637, -79.805772
  •  REGISTRATION: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2021-wetland-treasure-richardson-taylor-wetland-walking-tour-tickets-150793207543
  • Please join us for a walking tour to learn about the wetlands at Richardson-Taylor Preserve. This Carolina Wetlands Association Wetland Treasure site is located in the upper watershed of Jordan Lake water supply which makes these wetlands especially important for water quality protection and water supply for hundreds of thousands of community members. The tour will be led by Tristan Bailey, Marketing and Special Events Coordinator and will be 1 ½ to 2 hours long, and is limited to 10 participants.
  • It is recommended that participants wear sturdy water shoes, bring water, snacks, bug repellent, binoculars (optional) and come prepared for any weather. Social distance measures will be adhered to during the tour.

City of High Point Household Hazardous Waste Event

  • 8 a.m. to 1p.m. *City of High Point Residents only with proof of residency!
  • Household Hazardous Waste events are opportunities for High Point residents to drop off the household hazardous waste items from their primary residences at no charge, but are restricted to City of High Point Residents only with proof of residency. This event will allow for the disposal of hazardous materials, electronics, tires (with a limit of 4), and will also have paper shredding. There is a limit of no more than two Banker’s sized Boxes (24 x 15 x 10 inches) of documents for disposal per vehicle. The appropriate disposal of Hazardous Materials helps keep our water clean! More information available at http://www.highpointnc.gov/HHW

Wetland Hike at Haw River State Park

  • Haw River State Park, 9a.m. to 10a.m.
  • Come celebrate Guilford Creek Week and National Trails Day by taking an exploratory one-mile hike of the watery ecosystems of Haw River State Park! You will learn about the functions and ecology of a riverine wetland, plus enjoy plant ID and wildlife anecdotes with Ranger Lindsey along the way!
  • Please contact the park to register: by voicemail inbox (336-342-6163 ext. 503). Space is limited.
  • Please pack bug spray and close-toed walking shoes for this adventure.

Sunday, June 6

Explore on your own!

Don’t forget that there are lots of other solo opportunities like our Creek Week Display at the High Point Library, and the Storywalk at the Thomas Built Bus Preserve!

If you’d rather be outside, make sure to take advantage of the many amazing parks and recreational areas in Guilford County! Take this day to get to know your local waters on your own! If you aren’t sure where to go, check out: Piedmont Discovery , a great resource that connects you with many Piedmont Parks!

Download the iNaturalist app and join Guilford Creek Week for a “crowd-sourced” scavenger hunt for creek life in Guilford County! Any and all wild plants and animals found in and around water in Guilford County between June 5 – June 12 count! (But nothing cultivated in your landscaping – or rocks – or your pets!)


MONDAY, JUNE 7

Pond Exploration Party

  • 3:30p.m. to 4:30p.m.
  • High Point: Exact location will be sent to registrants
  • Register at: https://forms.gle/19RnHesH5iZBsvhB8
  • Do you like frogs? How about fish? Have you ever wondered what is going on beneath the surface of a pond? Now is your chance to find out. Come join us as we explore the animal lives in ponds, learn how to assess the health of our water, and play some fun games as well! This is a family friendly program, appropriate for all ages. It will be held rain or shine, but canceled if there are thunderstorms. Pre-registration is required!

Tuesday, JUNE 8

Cleanup at Hagan-Stone Park

  • 5920 Hagan-Stone Park Rd. Pleasant Garden, NC 27313
  • 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. -> Shift one
  • 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. -> Shift two 20 per shift
  • Community Clean-Ups for water quality are by people just like you, your neighbors and friends. Volunteer to clean up trash and debris from designated trails at Hagan-Stone Park to help improve waterways. To minimize contact, we will not be able to provide shared cleanup supplies such as safety vests, litter grabbers, etc. and participants are asked to provide their own gloves for protection. Staff will provide collection bags.

DIY Rain Barrel Workshops

  • 3309 Burlington Rd, Greensboro, NC 27405
  • 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Pre-Registration IS required!: https://forms.gle/BVNrsSeUGePLRkwV9
  • These comprehensive workshops will teach you why rain barrels are important, how to build one, and at the end of the workshop you will end up going home with one of your own that you made yourself! Social distancing will be in effect and all protocols put forth by the Governor of NC will be followed.

Wednesday, JUNE 9

DIY Rain Barrel Workshops

  • 3309 Burlington Rd, Greensboro, NC 27405
  • 9:30a.m. to 10:30a.m.
  • Pre-Registration IS required!: https://forms.gle/BVNrsSeUGePLRkwV9
  • These comprehensive workshops will teach you why rain barrels are important, how to build one, and at the end of the workshop you will end up going home with one of your own that you made yourself! Social distancing will be in effect and all protocols put forth by the Governor of NC will be followed. Ag Center.

Littles at the Lake

  • Lake Higgins, 4235 Hamburg Mill Rd, Summerfield.
  • 10a.m. to 11a.m
  • Bring your little one to the lake for a story time and hands-on, outdoor nature exploration. Open to ages 2-5. $2 per child. 
  • Call Lake Higgins at 336-373-3739 to register.

ecoEXPLORE: Herpetology

  • Kathleen Clay Edwards Family Branch Library 1420 Price Park Rd. Greensboro, North Carolina 27410
  • 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
  • Registration required for the event. Please e-mail Melanie Buckingham: Melanie.Buckingham@greensboro-nc.gov
  • Families can join us on the lawn at the Kathleen Clay Library for a fun program about frogs. See some live frogs and encounter froggy fun with help from Parks and Recreation educator, Jennifer Phelps. Also learn how to identify frog calls with NC Wildlife Resources Educator, CC King.Discover how you can participate in the citizen science program, ecoEXPLORE. Earn badges and prizes, and meet and help scientists. Earn a herpetology badge and see how frogs depend on our creeks. This program is sponsored by the NC Arboretum in Asheville and the Greensboro Science Center. Registration required for the event. Please e-mail Melanie Buckingham: Melanie.Buckingham@greensboro-nc.gov

Virtual Storytime


Thursday, JUNE 10

Watercolor Painting OutdoorsVirtual Water-themed Story Time

  • Watercolor Painting Outdoors
  • 06/10/2021 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM 
  • Kathleen Clay Edwards Family Branch Library 1420 Price Park Rd. Greensboro, North Carolina 27410
  • Adults can join us for a watercolor painting class on the lawn at the Kathleen Clay Library. Painter Cyndy Wolfe will demonstrate water color painting techniques as we paint Price Park scenery. Bring your paint brushes, canvas and paint, and a chair. Registration is required for this event. Please e-mail Melanie Buckingham: Melanie.Buckingham@greensboro-nc.gov

Lake Cleanup and Paddle at Oak Hollow Lake

  • 3431 N Centennial St, High Point
  • 4:30p.m. to 6:30p.m.
  • Register here: https://forms.gle/79tquGu9goyVByzi9 
  • Please join us for a paddle on Oak Hollow Lake where we will work together to improve our waterways by picking up trash while also learning a bit about our local water ecosystems! All supplies will be provided for free, this includes cleanup supplies, kayak and kayaking equipment. Registration is required and space is very limited.

Friday, JUNE 11

 Thomas Built Bus Preserve Stream Restoration Tour

  • Starts at 9 a.m.
  • Guilford County Parks Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GuilfordCountyParks
  • Join us on Facebook as we work to educate the community on the progress of this project and we’ll describe the condition of the stream.

Saturday, JUNE 12

Urban Stream Walk and River Watch Training with UNCG’s Dr. Praskievicz and Haw River Keeper Emily Sutton at Lake Daniel Park

  • Event will be held at Lake Daniel Park
  • 9:30a.m. lecture open to the public with UNCG professor Dr. Praskiezicz
  • 10:30 a.m. to 12:30p.m. River Watch training with Haw Riverkeeper Emily Sutton
  • Registration required at: https://forms.gle/Q7s4LNT9C4dzLQjh9
  • Questions directed to Guilfordcreekweek@gmail.com
  • Come learn about the stream assessment work that was completed at North Buffalo Creek by UNCG students in the Department of Geography, Environment, and Sustainability. Dr. Praskievicz will discuss the physical habitat and water quality of urban streams and demonstrate the equipment used to perform the assessments. This talk will be followed by a training on the River Watch Program. To learn more about the River Watch Program and how to become a volunteer please contact Emily Sutton at emily@hawriver.org for inquiries about River Watch and visit: http://hawriver.org/projects/stream-monitoring/ for more information. For questions about the overall program please contact guilfordcreekweek@gmail.com

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