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More use means that more maintenance is needed to preserve the trails. Take the family and enjoy a Small Group Day of Service, spending a few hours along the Eno River completing a project. This may involve removing invasive plant species, cleaning up litter, planting trees, dealing in rock work, trail construction or other maintenance. Or, opt for a DIY Stewardship Kit – you pick your time, your place, your needed supplies, then go your own way! You’ll mostly focus on litter pickup and removal for this project. Trash bags, pickers and safety vests are all available from the Eno River Association office. “It’s really inspiring to see the idea of giving back starting so young,” Emily says. She says kids “really enjoy the challenge” of finding and picking up litter. “It’s like a treasure hunt for trash!” Dave Cook, an education coordinator with the Eno River Association, says participating in stewardship this way helps children understand how they’re caring for the environment. “They have a stake in it now.” For more information, contact education@ enoriver.org or call 919-620-9099, ext. 1204.

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Shop for Families in Need and Share Your Christmas dopt a Durham family in need and provide them with holiday gifts. You’ll get a shopping list with items and the ages of the children you can shop for during the Christmas season. Then wrap up the presents and personalize your gifts with a special note for your adopted family. This volunteer opportunity, now in its 45th year, has been a tradition that many Durham families continue with their children. “We’ve got some parents who will call us and say, ‘When I was a child, my family participated in ‘Share Your Christmas’ ... I want my kids to know how important it is to give back,’” says Kim Shaw, executive director of The Triangle Nonprofit & Volunteer Leadership Center.

Cleaning up local parks and rivers is a family affair with the Eno River Association’s stewardship programs.

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