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Sun with water flowing over it. A fish, marsh grass, and frog are in the water; birds fly across sun. Text says Cape Fear Creek Week

Join us for Cape Fear Creek Week to celebrate the creeks, rivers, and streams in the Cape Fear region!

Cape Fear Creek Week provides opportunities for the community to connect with, celebrate, and care for the local waterways of the Cape Fear Region. Creek Week will be held March 13-18, 2023 with educational presentations, nature hikes, and a photo contest.

Cape Fear Creek Week is a collaboration between N.C. Cooperative Extension, City of Wilmington’s Heal our Waterways, Cape Fear River Watch, NC Coastal Landtrust, New Hanover County Soil and Water Conservation District, and NC Coastal Federation.

Take a virtual tour of watersheds in the Cape Fear River Basin with Kristen Rhodes, Americorps Environmental Educator for Cape Fear River Watch:

Smith Creek   Burnt Mill Creek  Greenfield Lake  Barnards Creek

Sign up to join us for community events during Creek Week:

Monday, March 13

Wilmington’s Heal our Waterways Photo Contest  The City of Wilmington’s Heal Our Waterways Program is hosting a Bradley Creek and Hewletts Creek photo contest! Starting on Monday, March 13th, the public is invited to submit photos related to Bradley Creek and Hewletts Creek for a chance to win a 50-gallon rain barrel ($85 value!!). All photo files must be submitted to no later than 11:59 p.m. on Friday, March 17th. Please include who took the photo and where it was taken (and any other details you wish to share!). All photos will be added to the Heal Our Waterways website for all to enjoy and your photo may also be featured throughout the week to celebrate Creek Week! 

The Heal Our Waterways Program is a City of Wilmington initiative to improve water quality in Bradley Creek and Hewletts Creek using on-the-ground solutions to stormwater pollution. Visit to learn more! 

Tuesday, March 14

Plant This Instead! Join us for a one-hour webinar on March 14th from 9:30-10:30 to discuss native alternatives to some problematic plants in coastal North Carolina. Partners of the Coastal Landscapes Initiative have pooled their knowledge and identified 21 landscaping plants to steer clear of because they are “bad actors” and can potentially displace native plants in natural areas such as our creeks and riparian banks. Click here for more information and to register. 

Wednesday, March 15

Lunch and Learn: The Importance of Proper Disposal of Medical Waste  Join Cape Fear River Watch on Wednesday, March 15th at 12 p.m. in person to learn how important it is to dispose of medications properly. Bring your own lunch and learn how improperly disposed medications can pollute ground water and drinking water sources for wildlife and humans, how this can disrupt wastewater filtration systems and more. Click here to register for the in person class at CFRW. 

For more information on Cape Fear River Watch, visit

DREAMS Rain Garden Cleanout  Celebrate Cape Fear Creek Week with NC Coastal Federation by volunteering at DREAMS Center for Arts Education to maintain their rain gardens and clean out garden beds for spring planting. The volunteer event will be held March 15th from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. at 901 Fanning Street in Wilmington. Volunteer registration is required. All tools, materials, and supplies will be provided. Please email Bonnie Mitchell,, with any questions or concerns. Click here to register for this volunteer opportunity.  

For more information on NC Coastal Federation and its mission, visit:

Thursday, March 16

Hike in Brunswick Nature Park with NC Coastal Land Trust  Celebrate the Year of the Trail! The Coastal Land Trust will be holding an educational hike at Brunswick Nature Park on Thursday, March 16th from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. This hike will focus on Town Creek, saltwater intrusion, and human impacts on our waterways. Come learn about your local waterways and enjoy time outdoors! Water and snacks will be provided for participants. Participants will also receive parking directions after signing up. Click here for more information and to register. 

For more information on NC Coastal Land Trust and their mission, visit

Lunch and Learn: Stormwater 101 with New Hanover County Soil and Water  Join Hannah Bell with NHC Soil and Water Conservation District on Thursday, March 16th at 12 p.m. to learn all about stormwater: what is it and what can we as residents do to protect our local waterways from impacts. This is a virtual webinar and particpants will recieve a link after registration. Particpants will be entered to win a $50 Lowe’s gift card (minimum of 10 participants)! Click on this link to register.

Friday, March 17

Paddle Tour of Greenfield Lake Join New Hanover County Soil and Water Conservation District for a one-hour paddle on Greenfield Lake. 

Friday, March 17th , 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. (1 hour tour)  No pre-registration is needed for this one hour educational tour of Greenfield Lake. Meet at Greenfield Lake Boathouse (1739 Burnett Blvd, Wilmington) at 9:15. You can either rent a paddleboat (2 people) for $8 or a single kayak for $8.

For more information about New Hanover County Soil and Water Conservation District, visit

Saturday, March 18

4-H Water Youth Water Quality Day  Cape Fear River Watch (CFRW) is excited to partner with 4-H New Hanover County to offer a Water Quality monitoring program! Join us on Saturday, March 18th from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. for a day that will include cleaning up litter around Greenfield Lake, taking water samples from Greenfield Lake, and then we will go to CFRW’s lab to process those samples to test for E.Coli. This program will cost $5 per child, parents are welcome to attend with their child. Registration will close on March 15 at 11:59 p.m. Participants will meet at the Greenfield Lake Boathouse. Parking is at 298 Park St., Wilmington, NC 28401. Once parked, walk towards the lake and you will see the boathouse on your right. Participants must be 4-H members to attend this event.Your child can register as a 4-H Member at Large if they are not currently in a club. You can enrolled at 4-H Online. Once enrolled as a 4-H member, you can register for the event. For questions or assistance, contact 4-H Agent, Scott Enroughty at

Many thanks to our Partners!

NC Coastal FederationCity of Wilmington's Heal our WaterwaysCape Fear River Watch

NC Coastal Land TrustN.C. Cooperative ExtensionNHC Soil and Water Conservation District