Events & Volunteering

The Stromwater Division, along with many partners, host various educational events and volunteer opportunities all year long. 

Events & Programs

cropped-alamance-creek-week-1Alamance Creek Week: May 14-21

Alamance Creek Week is a way of learning more about the creeks, streams, and rivers that connect our communities here in Alamance County. It’s a weeklong series of activities like creek cleanups, Trivia Night, citizen science groups, family fishing clinics, seed planting, and more!

  • Little Alamance Creek Cleanup
    Saturday, May 14 from 9 am - 12 noon

    **Any potential weather-related cancelations will be made on the Facebook Event posting for this Cleanup at** 
    Calling individuals, groups and organizations to lend a hand and help us do a clean sweep of Little Alamance Creek at Willowbrook Park and at City Park. The cleanup kicks off Alamance Creek Week! Meet at the Commons Building at Willowbrook Park at 9 am for instructions and supplies. For questions and registration, call (336) 222-5091 or  email us! Registration is preferred, but not required.

  • Kids to Parks Day at Willowbrook Park
    May 21, 9:00 am - 12 noon
    Arboretum at Willowbrook Park | 315 W. Willowbrook Dr. Burlington

    Come out and play in Burlington's newest park! Visit the Park & Play mobile recreation van with life-sized games and play equipment! Explore waterbugs in the creek and learn why it's so exciting to find them and, for the willing, have an up-close encounter with some macroinvertebrates! Learn about trees and go on a tree ID scanger hunt. Arboretum Manager and certified arborist, Jason Barnhill, will be on hand to help identify these tree-mendous plants. For questions call (336) 222-5030. No registration is required - just come and join the fun!

Get Hiking!  

Get hiking on local trails in Burlington and around Alamance County! These free, small-group guided hikes take place on natural surface trails, often new creeks, streams, rivers or lakes. Hikes are generally 2-3 miles long. All ages are welcome, but minors must be accompanied by an adult. View the current hike schedule and register now.

Kayaking Programs

Burlington Recreation & Parks provides many opportunities for guided and facilitated kayaking programs on City lakes. Programs include Intro Classes, Meet-Up Paddles, Sunset Paddles, and Lake Cleanups. View all the kayaking programs and schedule now.

Volunteer Opportunities

NC Stream Watch

If you like to learn and do, NC Stream Watch is for you! Learn about water quality and put your local stream on the map! NC Stream Watch participants adopt a section of a local stream or creek and commit to two brief assessments and cleanups over the course of one year. Contact our education partner Danica Heflin with Stormwater SMART at (336) 904-0300 or email to learn more or schedule a training.

Burlington Adopt-A-Park

Citizens and community groups can adopt a section of a city park or trail to care for over the course of one year. To learn more about who can participate, what kinds of projects can be completed, and the program's requirements and goals of promoting civic pride, appreciation, and stewardship, visit the program page now.