Tree Planting with Stop Soldier Suicide

Join Keep Durham Beautiful and Stop Soldier Suicide on November 18th to plant trees in East Durham. 

This is a post- Veteran’s Day celebration and Family Volunteer Day. Bring your family, friends, and neighbors to increase Durham’s tree canopy.


You will: 

  • Gain experience in planting trees
  • Make new friend(s)
  • Develop a new passion for trees
  • Develop a sense of community
  • Learn about trees and work with professionals 

Volunteer Roles and Information

  • No prior tree planting experience is necessary
  • We welcome families with children (5+ years of age)
  • We welcome persons with disabilities 
  • We will provide tools and supplies

Volunteer Roles

Quality Control Team:  Monitors progress of tree planting and ensures volunteers are following safety protocols.

*Must arrive 45 minutes before the start of the event to receive training on proper tree planting techniques. This is ideal for persons with limited physical capabilities

Tree Planting and Staking Team: Hole preparation, tree lifting, and back-fill 

*Heavy lifting is required 

Mulching Team: Load and haul wood chips from a central distribution area or several sub-areas and  spread the mulch around trees

*Moderate lifting is required 


Ready to volunteer? Sign up below


East Durham Neighborhood Beautification


Let’s prepare Durham for spring by planting flower bulbs ( Hostas, Daylilies, Daisies, and Tulips) and by doing a litter cleanup in East Durham. 

The flowers will start to bloom in the spring and everyone will love to see them!

This is a family-friendly event, so please feel free to bring your children. 

We will be meeting at: 1101 Spruce Street at 10:30am and the event will end at 4pm. Please feel free to stay until you can, there is no time commitment for this event. 

For more information, contact Robin Davis 919-924-4347

Please sign up below: 



East Durham Children Help Pollinators while Learning about Food Production


Keep Durham Beautiful AmeriCorps Member, Monica Ospina, teaching 3rd graders at Spring Valley Elementary School about the important role pollinators play in our food production.

This fall, Keep Durham Beautiful partnered with East Durham Children’s Initiative (EDCI) to educate East Durham 4th and 5th graders about the importance of pollinators. These young students are enrolled in the East Durham Youth Health Leadership Council (YLC) Program.

The purpose of EDCI’s Youth Health Leadership Council Program is to inspire, educate, and empower youth to become advocates for health and wellness within their community. The program provides training and leadership development opportunities for East Durham children. The training that is provided for the youth empowers them to lead the design and implementation of a community-based health intervention project, with the following core topics: leadership development, nutrition and healthy eating, health disparities, and physical activity.

One topic that interested EDCI was the connection between pollinators and food. At Keep Durham Beautiful, we found this to be an excellent opportunity to educate these young leaders about the relationship between pollinators and our current food system. Pollinators help plants to reproduce by carrying pollen from one plant to the other. It’s crucial to understand the process of how a berry becomes a berry (just to name a beloved fruit) and the key role pollinators play in that process.Experts calculate that pollinators are responsible for 1 out of 3 mouthfuls of drink or food that Americans consume.
The children learned that populations of pollinators, in particular bees, have been in decline in recent years due to pesticide use and habitat loss. However, as gloomy as that may be, we wanted to remind the kids that they play a vital role in helping to protect our pollen-loving friends! The youngsters learned that they can help raise awareness, advocate for pollinator-friendly gardens and habitat preservation, and decrease our use of pesticides.

To make the lesson hands-on, we planted pollinator-friendly seeds in Sub Irrigated Planters (SIP’s) also known as “self-watering plants.” The SIP’s were created with recycled 16 oz. water bottles that were collected from the City of Durham’s General Services Department. We also gave the kids extra pollinator friendly seeds, so that they can plant more at home. They were excited to help plant the seeds and advocate for pollinators.

Once the kids finish all of their training they will design and implement a project of their choice, if they decide to plant a pollinator garden in their school or community, Keep Durham Beautiful will be excited to guide them through the process.

More information on how to create your own SIP: