ECWA Staff is Changing and Growing!
December was Cynthie Kulstad's last month as Preserve
Steward for ECWA. Over the past years Cynthie has played an instrumental role in caring for our preserves - helping to lead workdays, tackling invasive species, and being a strong advocate for native plant and ecosystem restoration - always with a smile on her face. We want to thank Cynthie for her commitment to ECWA and the Creek, and for sharing with the community her extensive knowledge on local plants and native habitat restoration.
We are sad to see our first Project GEOS AmeriCorps Member, Seth Williams depart at the end of January. Seth has introduced hundreds of kids to Ellerbe Creek and made many local schools more aware of our work and mission. We wish Seth the best as he heads to the Gambia to start up a nonprofit basketball development program with support from the NBA!
ECWA is excited to have hired our first ever, part-time Development Director, Emily Herbert. Emily has extensive experience in the non-profit sector, most recently with The Eno River Association, The Diaper Bank of NC, and as the Executive Director of North Carolina Rails-Trails. Emily will be joining our team at the end of January, please join us in welcoming her to ECWA!
Chris Sadjak will join ECWA in early February as our 2016 AmeriCorps member. Chris is a recent graduate from the University of Indiana and brings lots of wilderness guiding and environmental education experience to ECWA, as well as experience organizing events, which will help us as we prepare for the 2016 Nature Tour!
ECWA will also be hiring a Stewardship Coordinator in the coming months. Stay tuned!
January - February 2016
Ellerbe Creek Family Explorers Club
Join naturalist Katie Kovach at 17-Acre Wood on February 6th at 10am for A Light and Shadow Adventure! Please RSVP here.
The next Family Explorers Club will be Texture Detectives at Pearl Mill on March 5th at 10am.
Please join ECWA and the Watts Hospital-Hillandale Neighborhood Association (WHHNA) for our 2016 Community Stewardship Volunteer Day on Saturday, February 20, from 1:00 to 4:00pm at 17-Acre Wood. We will be picking up trash, doing trail cleaning, and invasive species management. Click here for more information and to sign-up.
Join us for our first nature
hike of the New Year, a Dendrology Hike at 17-Acre Wood on Sunday,
January 31st at 2 pm.
Naturalist and environmentalist Milo Pyne will lead this hike, teaching us
to identify trees and woody plants in the winter landscape by observing twig
structure, bark pattern, leaf scarring, and other characteristics. This is one of our
most popular yearly nature hikes! Please RSVP here.
ECWA is an important part of what we all love about Durham. It is still not too late to contribute to our end-of-year campaign which ends on January 31st. Donate online, or send a check to ECWA, P.O. Box 2679, Durham NC 27715. For those of you who have already participated, thank
you for being a part of all that we do to make Ellerbe Creek an asset
Save The Dates
Sunday, April 10th from 4-8pm - The 4th Annual Bull City Food and Beer Experience. Put on by DPAC, Sam's Quik Shop, and Tyler's Restaurant & Taproom, this event will stimulate and educate your palate and mind through pairing of local
food showcasing 30 Durham restaurants and unbelievable beer from 30
premier craft/import breweries. And best of all, it is a benefit for ECWA!
Saturday, April 30th - Great Human Race (tentative date)
Thanks to our business sponsors, Tyler's Taproom, Sam's Bottle Shop, and Acme Plumbing, ECWA raised over $3,600 in online donations in this year's Indy Week Give!Guide. If you didn't win one of the Big Tuesday raffle prizes this year, don't fret! You can always try again next year.
Thanks to Celeste Burns for leading a children's friendly hike at Veasey Farm in November.
We are grateful to have received a $500 donation from the Hendrix Foundation.
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