Durham Bee City USA

The Durham Bee City Committee is a volunteer group that promotes and facilitates the education, conservation, and prosperity of our native and honeybee populations in and near Durham County. This group has been partnering with Keep Durham Beautiful and other individuals, organizations and local businesses since 2015 in an endeavor to facilitate the official designation of Durham as an official  Bee City USA by our City Council.

Durham as a Bee City

"Bee City USA certification is both an honor and a responsibility. Launched in 2012, the Bee City USA program endorses a set of commitments, defined in a resolution, for creating sustainable habitats for pollinators, which are vital to feeding the planet. Cities, towns and communities across America are invited to make these commitments and become certified as a Bee City USA affiliate."

  • By being a Bee City USA community, city leaders can improve their city or town’s environment, eating habits, and economy.
  • Help to ensure the survival of vital animal species crucial to our planet's complex food web.
  • Raise community awareness of how our food grows and improve local food production through expanded pollination. More than 150 food crops in the United States depend on pollinators, including blueberries, apples, squash, strawberries and almonds.
  • Improve local plant nursery markets by increasing demand for native, pollinator friendly plants.
  • Raise community awareness of the dangers of non-native invasive plants to the local ecosystem.
  • Raise community awareness of the local environment’s seasonality as understanding grows about the pollinators’ reliance on blooming plants and trees.
  • By encouraging urban beekeeping, increase micro and small business opportunities. Newly discovered pride in local food products, such as artisanal honey and other honey bee products, creates new business opportunities. Honey is absolutely unique to the nearby flowers from which the bees gather nectar. Its taste and color vary dramatically as a result. Furthermore, as the community of beekeepers grows, the market for beekeeping supplies grows.



Durham Bee City History and Members 

The Durham Bee City Committee is happy to announce the certification of Durham, NC as an official Bee City USA by the Durham City Council on June 6, 2016.  

Members of the Durham Bee City USA Committee after the City Council Meeting on Monday, June 6, 2016

Members of the Durham Bee City USA Committee after the City Council Meeting on Monday, June 6, 2016


The Durham Bee City Committee currently consists of:

For more information about Durham Bee City USA meetings, contact: Joanne Andrews: joannetandrews@gmail.com



Durham Celebrates National Pollinator Week (June 19-25, 2017)

  • Wednesday, June 21st, Bee Downtown hosts the Bee Bash at the Durham Hotel from 6-8 pm

  • Thursday, June 22nd & Friday, June 23rd, Burt's Bees will host tours from 10 am-6 pm.Burt’s Bees will give tours of founder Burt Shavitz’s iconic cabin, a roughly 300 square foot converted turkey coop, at Burt’s Bees headquarters, American Tobacco Campus.
  • Saturday, June 24th, Keep Durham Beautiful hosts a Pollinator Garden Tour from 9 am-1 pm. Tickets available for purchase here
  • Saturday, June 24th, Honeygirl Meadery hosts Wild Berry Mead Making from 2 pm- 4 pm at Honeygirl Meadery
  • Saturday, June 24th, the Museum of Life and Science hosts Pollinator Day from 9 am- 2 pm

  • Sunday, June 25th, the Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association will be working to restore vital pollinator habitat and beautifying a new pollinator garden from 12 pm- 3 pm. RSVP for this volunteer opportunity here


Bee 101:

Inviting Bees to Your Property - No Fear of Stings!

Durham Bee Keeping Resources:

Durham County Bee Keepers Association (DCBA):

The DCBA meets the 3rd Monday of each month at Sarah P. Duke Gardens from 6:30-6:30 PM and holds field days the first Sunday of each month at the Duke Campus Farm Apiary at 2PM. Dues are$10. To learn more: http://www.durhambeekeepers.org/ 

Durham Unified Development Ordinance (UDO)

Article 5: https://durhamnc.gov/DocumentCenter/Home/View/7515 (under Apiculture)