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Beaver Marsh Trail - #1 - History and Organization


What does ECWA stand for and what does it do?

ECWA (Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association) is a nonprofit conservation organization. With the Ellerbe creek as it focal point, ECWA’s goals include:

  • Maintain a healthy living creek with diverse group of native flora and fauna;
  • Create a network of preserves and trails along the creek;
  • Connect Durham’s diverse neighborhoods and communities using Ellerbe Creek as a link;
  • Help adults and kids have the opportunity to enjoy and appreciate being outdoors in a learning and safe environment.

What are the different preserves and trails that I can explore?

You can learn a lot and have a fun time in the following ECWA Nature Preserves:

Eastern Bluebird - Photo by D. Kaplan

Eastern Bluebird - Photo by D. Kaplan

Beaver Marsh Nature Preserve is located between Club Boulevard and Interstate 85. This is a great place for bird watching with over 75 species of migratory and resident birds.

17-Acre Wood Nature Preserve covers 20 acres of floodplain forest. It is located in the Watts Hospital-Hillandale Neighborhood. Some interesting sights include wild turkey, great blue heron, deer, & fox.

Glennstone Nature Preserve borders Ellerbe Creek’s floodplain. This preserve is located 15 minutes east of downtown Durham and is about 83-acres large. This nature preserve has nearly 3 miles of trail and a rich variety of native wildflowers and grasses, helping to make it one of the most attractive parts of Ellerbe Creek.

Pearl Mill Nature Preserve is a 3-acre corridor of wetlands and floodplain woods bounded by the Trinity Park, Old North Durham and Duke Park neighborhoods. The existing canopy of native trees is diverse, including oaks, hackberry, walnut and persimmon.

I would like to get my kids interested in nature.
Does ECWA have any organized activities?

2014 Creek Tour Image

2014 Creek Tour

ECWA’s Family Explorers Club is a great place to do so. The goal of the club is to inspire children and their families to connect with the natural world while spending quality time together outdoors. The Club meets one Saturday of every month at different natural areas in the community.

I am amazed by all that ECWA does.
What can I do to help?

YCC at Glennstone

Youth Conservation Corps at Glennstone

ECWA always need help from volunteers for our many projects. Sign up by clicking here and we will notify you about our volunteering opportunities. You can also become an ECWA member by registering at our website. Finally, donations of any amount and sponsorships are always appreciated.

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Thank you for your support!!



Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association
331 W. Main, Ste. 511
Durham, NC 27701

These web pages are the Eagle Scout project of Mathew Jacob.
Thanks Mathew!