June is finally here and that can mean only one thing – trips to the beach.

Well, actually, the arrival of June can mean more than one thing and, in Guilford County this year, it means that Guilford Creek Week is upon us.

Creek Week, which is a joint venture between Guilford County, the City of Greensboro, the City of High Point and Stormwater SMART (a cooperative water preservation effort of local governments), will take place this year from Saturday, June 3 to Saturday, June 10, to celebrate the “importance, impact and influence of the creeks and waterways of Guilford County and the municipalities within.“

One goal of the week is to raise awareness about local bodies of water and the way in which the health of that water can have a direct impact on the community.

During the week, there will be a lot of educational and recreational events for residents who wish to participate. Most of those events will be free and open to people of all ages.  Some do have an age restriction for safety and some require pre-registration.

There are too many events to be named, but a complete list can be found at http://guilfordcreekweek.org.

Two popular events take place in High Point and kick off the week.  On June 3, from 8 to 10 a.m., a Youth Fishing Derby at Oak Hollow Marina will be held.  Set your GPS to 3431 N. Centennial St. in High Point.

At that event, children ages 1 to 15 will learn about fishing and take part in a fishing tournament. The first 80 kids who show up will receive T-shirts.  There will also be drawings for prizes throughout the day, and trophies will be awarded in three different age groups.  Organizers request that all participants register ahead of time by calling 336-883-3494.

Another big event of the week, also on June 3, will be the Water Program in the High Point Museum Historical Park. Participants will be able to cool off in the park by “learning how early American settlers used water in their everyday lives.”

They’ll compete in a water bucket relay, help do the laundry and use an old-fashioned thumb waterer to water the garden.  Those wet festivities will take place at the High Point Museum at 1859 E. Lexington Ave. in High Point.  The event, which is free and open to all ages, will take place from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

There are events in Greensboro as well, such as on Sunday, June 4, from 2 to 5 p.m., when Pollinator Palooza will take place at Woven Works Park at 401 Cumberland St. in Greensboro.  The free event, which is open to people of all ages, is meant to “celebrate all the wonderful critters who help support our natural ecosystems.” Kids will construct their own Bug Hotel and have a fun-filled afternoon of crafts, scavenger hunts and other activities.