Ulster County’s Annual Creek Week


The 5th annual Creek Week was held September 13 -21, 2014. This event was co-sponsored by Ulster County Environmental Management Council and Ulster County Department of the Environment.  Other collaborators include the Ashokan Watershed Stream Management Program, the Lower Esopus Watershed Partnership, and Riverkeeper.

Recap of  

2014 Ulster County Creek Week


September 13 

Falling Waters Preserve Hike

John Burroughs Slabsides Geology Ramble

Tugboats: Workhorses of the Hudson River

Kayak Tour of the Lower Esopus Creek

Saturday Night Sunset on the Walkway

September 14

Warner Creek Stream Walk

Creek Week on the Rondout: Jump in it, Don’t Dump in it!

September 16

Esopus Creek Critters…Creepy, Crawly, and Critically Important

September 17-18

Water Resources Infrastructure: A Critical Piece of Community Development

September 20

Kingston Fall Foliage Morning Kayak Tour

Tugboats: Workhorses of the Hudson River

Hudson River Lighthouse to Lighthouse Challenge

Sunset Seining and Song

September 21

Kids Fishing Day at Ashokan Reservoir

September 27 – Native Pollinators Workshop

10AM – 1PM; Frost Valley Model Farm, Denning

Did you know that the mining bee deposits 2 to 3 times more pollen than honeybees per apple blossom visit? And that many native bees are solitary nesters dependent on undisturbed soil to find a suitable home? Or that squash bees actually sleep in the flowers they pollinate? How about the power of 250 mason bees, which can efficiently pollinate an acre of apple trees; while that same acre could require the services of nearly 40,000 honeybees?  Join the Rondout Neversink Stream Program at Frost Valley YMCA Education Farm to learn more about the fascinating world of native pollinators from educator Tim Stanley on Saturday, September 27 from 10am-1pm.

According to the pollinator-friendly Xerces Society (xerces.org), native pollinators are essential to our environment, serving as a keystone species in most terrestrial ecosystems. Fruits and seeds derived from insect pollination are a major part of the diet of approximately 25 percent of all birds, and a wide range of mammals from voles to bears. In many  places, this essential service by pollinators is at risk from habitat loss, pesticide us and introduced diseases.

“The single most cost- effective step landowners can take in protecting their stream bank is to stop mowing to the edge of the river and allow the riparian area to develop plant root systems stronger than what a  lawn provides,” says Stacie Howell, Catskill Streams Buffer Coordinator in Denning and Neversink.  But there’s more: roughly 70% of bee species build nests underground – we can encourage them by providing forage and conserving sandy soil and bare ground. Roughly 30% nest in hollow plant stems, or old beetle borer holes – by conserving snags, brush piles and pithy stemmed plants, we give them places to thrive.  Behavior of native pollinator species will be covered in the workshop, so participants can understand that the worst case scenario of “roughing up your buffer” is increasing the diversity of flowering trees, shrubs and wildflower blossoms while increasing habitat opportunities for these helpful streamside denizens.

The presenter, Tim Stanley, is Environmental Education Coordinator at The Fresh Air Fund’s Sharpe Environmental Center and a Master Natural with Cornell Cooperative Extension, who founded the Native Beeology field guide and website to promote a greater understanding of native pollinators. A graduate of SUNY ESF, Stanley served as a Forest Ranger for the Maryland Forest Service, where he taught Smokey Bear programs, prepared high school students to compete in Envirothon and worked with landowners to create stream-side buffers.  He also serves as President of the NY State Outdoor Education Association.

Frost Valley YMCA Education Farm is located at 2849 Denning Road, Denning NY. There is no cost for this workshop, which is co-sponsored by Frost Valley YMCA and Rondout Neversink Stream Program, a project of Sullivan County Soil & Water Conservation District funded by NYC Department of Environmental Protection. 845-985-2581; http://www.sullivanswcd.org




Archive of the 2013 Events

“Rivers on Drugs” (presentation)

Kids Fishing Day at the Ashokan Reservoir

Kids Fishing Day at the Ashokan Reservoir

Family Day at the HRMM! 

Say No to Knotweed! ID & Control of Invasive Japanese Knotweed for Landowners 

Hudson River Morning Kayak Tour

Rondout Creek Clean-Up…by Boat

Kayak Tour of the Tidal Lower Esopus


Weekend Volunteer Restoration Workday – Black Creek Preserve

Hudson River Evening Kayak Tour

Youth Fishing Frenzy 

Gear-Cleaning Demonstration: Do your Part to Help Stop the Spread of Invasive Species

 Kayak Tour of Tidal Lower Esopus

Kayak Tour of Tidal Lower Esopus


“Sailing the Belle Aventure” (presentation)

Esopus Creek Critters…Creepy, Crawly, and Critically Important

Catskill Native Plant Society Hike

Kayak Tour, Esopus Bend Nature Preserve


Minnewaska Wonders: Mine Hole Waterfall and Point Lookout Hike

Kids Fishing Day at the Ashokan Reservoir

Rosendale Fishing Day on the Rondout Creek

Climate Change at the LOCAL Level (presentation)

Esopus Creek Critters

Esopus Creek Critters


Hudson River Morning Kayak Tour

Kanape Brook Stream Walk

Hudson River Evening Kayak Tour


The 3nd annual Creek Week was co-sponsored by Ulster County Environmental Management Council and Ulster County Department of the Environment.  Other collaborators for this year’s Creek Week included the Ashokan Watershed Stream Management Program, the Lower Esopus Watershed Partnership, and Riverkeeper.

Over 250 people participated in last year’s celebration. With 25 events held, 2012 was the biggest Creek Week yet. For details on the events from last year: DOWNLOAD a print version (PDF) of the Events.


Creek Week is intended to help build awareness and encourage the enjoyment of water and watersheds in Ulster County.

 The Ulster County Department of Environment and the Environmental Management Council believe that an annual Creek Week will better connect people to our fantastic Ulster County environment – particularly our watersheds and water resources. We hope that people use these events to learn more about what is just outside their door, learn something about how they can protect or improve the environment, enjoy time outside with friends and family, and to have fun.

Archive of the 2012 Events

Hurley BioBlitz participants collecting stream organisms

Leaping Trout Art Trail

Town of Hurley BioBlitz!

Up the Creek Kayak Tour

Hudson River Good Morning Paddle

Mushroom Walk at Esopus Bend

Muddy Waters! Ashokan Reservoir Releases into the Lower Esopus Creek

Town of Hurley 350th Anniversary Celebration

Young anglers enjoying the fishing sponsored by the Town of Rosendale and the Federated Sportsman of Ulster County on the Rondout as part of Creek Week 2012.

Guided Kayak Paddle on Rondout Creek

HRMM and Clearwater Barn Raising!

Stream Monitoring – Family Fun

Sunset Seine and Sing at Esopus Meadows

Hudson River Sunset Paddle

Creek Speak: Walk Birch Creek with Soil & Water’s stream expert Cory Ritz

“One Year after the Flood” Hike

How’s the Water?

“Last Call at the Oasis”

“Creak Speak’ers” sample aquatic organisms in the Birch Creek near Pine Hill.

Impacts of Tropical Storms Irene and Lee had on the Hudson River Estuary and watershed

Lecture Series: “Kingston: Past and Present”

Rosendale Fishing Day on the Rondout Creek

Kayak Tour of the Tidal Lower Esopus

Byrdecliffe Trail Hike

Guided Kayak Paddle on Rondout Creek

Hike to Mine Hole Waterfall

Book Signing “Ramblings of a Charmed Circle Flyfisher”

John Burroughs Slabsides Ramble

Lower Esopus Kayak Tour paddlers exploring its confluence with the Hudson River at Saugerties


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