ReUse Rodeo

1st Annual Durham ReUse Rodeo!

Getting ready for Spring Cleaning and Earth Day? Need a way to get rid of unwanted items without discarding them in the trash?  Come out to Durham’s 1st ReUse Rodeo! 

A Reuse Rodeo is a “one stop drop” event that allows residents to donate gently used items to multiple nonprofits at the same time in the same place.  This year’s event will be held at The Lakewood Shopping Center. Nonprofits such as Trosa, First Pages, Welcome Baby Family Resource Center, Habitat for Humanity Restore Orange and Durham Counties, and the Scrap Exchange will be onsite to welcome donated items for repurposing back into the community. There will also be E-waste recycling and paper shredding on site for your convenience.

 Keep Durham Beautiful has partnered with the City of Durham Solid Waste Management Department, and Durham County Division of Solid Waste Management to bring residents a day filled with reuse, repurposing, and waste reduction. Items accepted for donations will be clothing, books, furniture, housewares, art supplies, baby items etc. For a complete list of acceptable items or more information feel free to check out our event page or contact

Interested in volunteering?
We are looking for volunteers to help with directions, general event support, sorting donated items, and breaking down cardboard boxes.
Volunteers will receive snacks and Keep Durham Beautiful swag. If you are under 18 years of age, parental supervision is required. 
To volunteer at the ReUse Rodeo, please fill out the form below:
Fill out my online form.

Ellerbe Creek Cleanup

Help clean up Ellerbe Creek by canoe! We will be removing trash from the Ellerbe Creek at Red Mill Rd, near where the creek empties into Falls Lake. SPACE IS LIMITED, RSVP REQUIRED. Contact Natasha Teasley by phone or email to reserve your spot. Due to safety concerns along Red Mill Rd, we will park and meet at the Eno River Boat Launch and then carpool to the Ellerbe Creek put-in. We encourage you to bring your own boat if you have one, just let Natasha know when you signup.


Natasha Teasley Contact information:, 919-416-1200

Intro to Kayak

In this 4-5 hour class we will learn about various types of kayaking
along with fundamental kayak skills including: identifying hazards,
basic strokes, concepts in craft handling, wet exits, and rescues in
calm water. These classes are taught in recreational or day touring
style kayaks.


Night Paddle

Discover what the evening hours have to offer!  Leave your worries behind as we set out in canoes to enjoy the wildlife, soak in the moonrays & starshine, and experience the sounds of nature.  These very leisurely paddles are suitable for just about anyone.


Red Maple Park Community Clean-Up

Community clean-up.

Stream Cleanup

As part of Durham’s Annual Creek Week celebration activities, the Headwaters Group of the Sierra Club will be hosting clean-up at Sandy Creek Park. We’ll have gloves and trash bags. Meet under at the covered picnic area next to the parking lot.

17-Acre Wood Preserve Cleanup

“All who can walk on a trail in the woods are welcome—young, old, and all in-between: there will be tasks for every ability level.

The WHHNA Board would love to see a big neighborhood turnout at this Community Stewardship Volunteer Day, lending a hand to improve trails, remove invasive plants, prune limbs, pick up trash, maintain wetland gardens, and do general preserve maintenance. WHHNA is dedicated to helping ECWA protect and restore this beautiful natural area along Ellerbe Creek, and a large turnout will help us make a significant impact on our neighborhood preserve. “

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Be Connected: Durm Talks

Beyú Caffé Presents —
BE CONNECTED: DurmTalks w/ Jesse & Desmera
(also with creative direction by Allie Capo)

DurmTalks is back at Beyu for another series of BE CONNECTED!

“DurmTalks w/ Jesse & Desmera” is a welcoming, liberated space that seeks to highlight local politics & community issues, all while bringing more parts of Durham together meaningfully.

TLC’s Wild Ideas for Getting Outside

5 dynamic topics. 15 powerful slides. 5-minute talks to inspire.

TLC’s Wild Ideas series provides a unique venue for experts and the community to share their innovative ideas to safeguard clean water, protect natural habitats, support local farms and food, and connect people with nature in order to make the Triangle a more vibrant place for all of us to live, work, and play. Each event features 5 fast-paced presentations introduced by an emcee then is followed by an Expo of organizations, groups, and businesses actively working in fields related to the theme.

Creek Week representatives and various other partners will be there to tell you all about the upcoming Creek Week opportunities and events.

Healthy Bee, Healthy Me Networking Social

Established Pollinator Garden Grant recipients and newly awarded Pollinator Garden Grant recipients are invited to come mix and mingle! Here we will learn about each others community gardens and how best to care for your already or soon to be installed pollinator gardens!