Creek Crawls and More!

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"HISTORY AND NATURE": A SALEM CREEK GUIDED TOUR
Saturday, March 23, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m., Salem Creek near Old Salem

FROG LISTENING WALK
Saturday, March 23, 5:30 p.m., Bethania

MILLER PARK STREAM RESTORATION SITE VISIT
2 - 3 p.m., Miller Park, Winston-Salem

BETHANIA'S BLACK WALNUT BOTTOM CREEK HIKE
Saturday, March 30, 2 p.m., Bethania

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"History and Nature": A Salem Creek Guided Tour

Saturday, March 23, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Salem Creek near Old Salem

Since the Moravians established the town of Salem in 1766 through today, Salem Creek has been an important resource for food, water, power, and recreation. Tour this natural area and learn the deep history along Salem Creek. Tour booklet included. Led by archaeologist M. O. Hartley, PhD & researcher/planner Martha Hartley of Old Salem Museums & Gardens. (Shoes suitable for soggy ground and uneven terrain suggested.) Free, but registration required and space is limited. To register, call 336-721-7307. In the event of rain, the event will be held on Sunday, March 24 and those who are signed up will be notified.

Meet at the tennis court parking lot adjacent to the Salem Avenue round-about.

Frog Listening Walk

Saturday, March 23, 5 p.m.
Bethania

Join us as we walk through the wetlands of Bethania’s Black Walnut Bottom Creek and learn more about our local frogs and toads. The Frog Walk will begin with a brief presentation to familiarize participants with the toads and frogs commonly found in the area, their important role as predator and prey in wetland ecosystems and as an indicator in water quality. We will then learn to identify frogs and toads based on their calls and then see what frogs, and maybe a toad, call Black Walnut bottom home.

We will not get in the creek, but participants should be prepared for wet and muddy conditions and dress for the weather. Participants under 18 must be with a parent or guardian. The trail is 1.4 miles in length and rated easy by the Foothills Group. To register for the Frog Walk contact Henry Fansler at hbjfansler@windstream.net or 336.473.0283. Note that the Sierra Club requires all outing participants to sign a standard waiver.

Meet in the parking lot for the Bethania Visitors Center, 5393 Ham Horton Lane (near the intersection of Bethania Road and Main Street). 

Miller Park Stream Restoration Site Visit

2 - 3 p.m., Miller Park, Winston-Salem

This tour will visit a recently restored urban stream completed by the City of Winston-Salem. The project is located on a 40-acre park near downtown Winston-Salem.  The tour includes visits to two phases of stream restoration, one completed in 2017 and the other just this year. Experience beautiful park scenery, streams and trails. Visitors should wear comfortable clothes and shoes and be prepared for wet and rough terrain. Rain or shine.

Meet at the Miller Park playground parking lot, 400 Leisure Lane, Winston-Salem.

BethaNIA's BLack Walnut Bottom Creek hike

Saturday, March 30, 2 p.m.
Bethania

Henry Fansler of the Foothills Group of the Sierra Club will lead a fun and informative creek crawl along Bethania’s Black Walnut Bottom Trail, which feeds into Muddy Creek. We will be joined by Mindy Mock of the Piedmont Land Conservancy, whose group helped to preserve Walnut Bottoms; Michelle Williams, the historic landscape coordinator for the town of Bethania; and biologist Ana Clara Melo.

We will meet in the Bethania visitor center for an overview of the creeks of Wachovia. We will then hike the Black Walnut Bottom Trail and see what makes a healthy creek, explore the area bordering the creek, and consider why the Moravians made their second settlement here.

After the hike, we will search a creek for macro-invertebrates whose presence will tell us about the water quality. In water quality, “buggy is better.” Anyone wishing to join in this activity will need to have boots or water footwear and expect wet and muddy conditions. Towels and spare socks and shoes are recommended. The trail is 1.4 miles in length and rated easy by the Foothills Group. Ana Clara Melo will be available to help with insect identification and ecological questions, and Mindy Mock will be there to answer land preservation questions.

More details of the area can be found at http://townofbethania.org/trails/black-walnut-bottom-trail/.  To register for the hike contact Henry Fansler at hbjfansler@windstream.net or 336-473-0283. Note that the Sierra Club requires all outing participants to sign a standard waiver. Participants under 18 must be with a parent or guardian.

Meet in the parking lot for the Bethania Visitors Center, 5393 Ham Horton Lane (near the intersection of Bethania Road and Main Street).