Shelli DiFranco
The Watershed Center
231.935.1514 ext. 5


TRAVERSE CITY, Michigan – June 6, 2018 – Celebrate fifteen years of restoration projects on Kids Creek with seven days of activities centered on this urban gem.

“For the past 15 years, we have had the honor of working to restore Kids Creek,” said Christine Crissman, executive director of The Watershed Center. “We’re excited to celebrate this achievement with the community and our fellow advocates for clean water. We have a week full of activities, such as fly tying workshops and guided hikes, to show the variety of ways people can enjoy Kids Creek.” The Watershed Center advocates for clean water in Grand Traverse Bay and works to protect and preserve its watershed, which includes Kids Creek as it flows into the Boardman River before outletting into the west arm of Grand Traverse Bay.

Kids Creek Week will run Saturday, June 9 through Friday, June 15. Planned events include:

  • Saturday, June 9: Fly Tying 101 with DNR Expert Eric Crissman
  • Sunday, June 10: Watercolor Experience with The Color of Water and Tinker Studio
  • Monday, June 11: Invasive Species Pull with the Northwest Michigan Invasive Species Network
  • Tuesday, June 12: Guided Walking Tour Focused on Green Infrastructure
  • Wednesday, June 13: Guided Walking Tour of the Old Buffalo Pasture with the Grand Traverse  Conservation District
  • Thursday, June 14: Concert on the Lawn featuring the Gordon Lightfoot Tribute with the Grand  Traverse Pavilions
  • Friday, June 15: Sunrise Yoga with Yoga for Health Education

Kids Creek is a vital cold water trout stream that meanders through multiple neighborhoods and business corridors such as U.S. 31, The Village of Grand Traverse Commons, and West Front Street. Kids Creek also provides habitat for hundreds of species of plants and animals, including blue heron and the treasured brook trout.

The Watershed Center spearheaded the Kids Creek Restoration Project in 2003 and has since seen the following victories:

  • Fully restoring Kids Creek Tributary AA between the Grand Traverse Commons and the Grand Traverse Pavilions;
  • Installing rain gardens along Cottageview Drive, at the State of Michigan Office Building on Eleventh Street, and along Medical Campus Drive;
  • Building a 3,100-square foot green roof on Munson Medical Center’s NW Tower A and a 3,300-square foot green roof on the Cowell Family Cancer Center; and
  • Daylighting a 900-foot section of Tributary A that now runs alongside the Cowell Family Cancer Center.

Registration for Kids Creek Week activities may be required; visit to learn about registration and to read more about the past, present, and future of Kids Creek.

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The Watershed Center is a non-profit organization that advocates for clean water in Grand Traverse Bay and acts to protect and preserve its 1,000-square mile watershed, which covers portions of Grand Traverse, Leelanau, Antrim, and Kalkaska counties. Learn more at

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