In a lead up to Earth Day, members of the local Watershed NOW conservation group will be hosting its annual Creek Week events April 9-13, including a community gathering April 12.
In years past, the organization has held a Creek Week event for Elkin Middle School students at Elkin Municipal Park where they learn about Big Elkin Creek and its habitat, water pollution and worked hands-on to help with stream restoration. Students will take part in that day again this year.
On April 12, a new community program will take place at the Reeves Theater hosted by Watershed NOW.
The evening will kick off with a school talent showcase from Elkin City Schools students from 5 to 6 p.m. themed around water, followed by a concert at 6 p.m.
A 10-minute film of Big Elkin Creek, shot using drone photography by Julian Charles, will be unveiled at 6:45. The film follows the creek from its springhead in the mountains to its flow into the Yadkin River in Elkin.
Stuart Taylor, one of the leaders of Watershed NOW, said the plan is for the film to be the centerpiece of a watershed exhibit in Elkin’s new trail and heritage center downtown.
Following the short film, Janisse Ray, author of “Drifting into Darien” and a riverkeeper from Georgia who teaches at Roanoke College, will be the guest speaker for the evening.
The Creek Week gathering is open to the public at no charge.
Wendy Byerly Wood may be reached at 336-258-4035 or on Twitter @wendywoodeditor.