Lunch and Learn- Land Conservation and Source Water Protection

Bring your lunch and learn how the City of Durham’s Department of Water Management is collaborating with Triangle Land Conservancy to protect the land that protects our City’s source water and help us to continue to provide safe, high-quality drinking water to our residents. After lunch, get outside and join the watershed protection efforts by participating in a cleanup around one of our drinking water sources, Little River Reservoir. To register for the Little River Cleanup, please up here

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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! 

Pollinator Garden Grant Recipients Announced!

Today is the big day! Keep Durham Beautiful will announce the winners of our Healthy Bee, Healthy Me Pollinator Garden Grant! Stay Tuned! 

Pollinator Week Event – Pollinator Day Festival + Botony Bar Crawl with Honeygirl Meadery

1-6pm, Pollinator Day Festival, Honeygirl Meadery in downtown Durham Come celebrate all things pollinators: learn how to plant a pollinator garden, taste varieties of honey, see how mead is made from honey, sip some local mead (21 and over, $5), shop a pop-up pollinator flower shop, or head out for an expedition with the Durham Parks and Recreation’s Botany Bar Crawl from 2-4pm (pre-register and fee-Botany Bar Crawl Registration). At Honeygirl Meadery, free admission, 105 Hood Street, # 6 in downtown Durham.


Pollinator Week Event – Wild Ideas for Birds and Bees

5:30-8pm-Wild Ideas for Birds and Bees, with the Triangle Land Conservancy At The Frontier @The RTP

For Pollinator Week, the Triangle Land Conservancy is bringing together beekeepers, ecologists, naturalists and pollinator advocacy organizations to share wild ideas for the birds and bees. Enjoy pecha kucha style presentations from pollinator experts, sip some Honeygirl mead and local beer, visit with local beekeepers, and more. Free admission. Pre-registration suggested, Register and info

Triangle Land Conservancy’s Wild Ideas series provides a dynamic, interactive venue for experts and community members to educate the public and share innovative ideas for addressing TLC’s four public benefits of conservation: connecting people with nature, safeguarding clean water, protecting natural habitats, and supporting local farms and food. For more details on the upcoming program and speakers, check out the Wild Ideas page.

Pollinator Week Event – Native Pollinator Exhibition

Wednesday, June 23, 2016 | 2:00-4:00PM- Celebrate Pollinator Week 2016 with Research Triangle ParkWildlife Habitat Council, and the US Fish & Wildlife Service as they host a native pollinator exhibition at RTP Headquarters. If you are interested in improving habitat for wildlife at your home or corporate site, stop by and learn of the many local resources available to you. In addition to experts and know-how, we’ll be giving away free native plant and seeds, free food and drinks, and raffling off bee hotels, hummingbird feeders and butterfly houses.

Pollinator Week Event – Pollinator Week at the Museum of Life and Science

Tuesday, June 21st- Friday, June 24th : 9:30-11:30am- Pollinator Week at the Museum of Life and Science: Join the Museum as we celebrate National Pollinator Week! Visit The Garden, the museum’s sustainable demonstration garden, and see real pollinators helping our plants to grow. With the help of educators and local scientists, learn about the important role the animals play in the survival of plants and people alike. Free with museum admission.  Museum of Life and Science, 433 W Murray Ave.

Keep Durham Beautiful Seeks Pollinator Garden Applicants

Healthy Bee, Healthy MeKeep Durham Beautiful Seeks Pollinator Garden Applicants – Deadline April 25, 2016

Durham-based community gardens are invited to apply for the “Healthy Bee Healthy Me” Pollinator Garden Program  

Durham, NC – (April 20, 2016) – Keep Durham Beautiful (KDB) currently seeks applications from community gardens interested in installing a pollinator garden and interpretive signage near an existing community garden space. Eight Durham-based community gardens will be selected to participate in the 2016 “Healthy Bee Healthy Me” Pollinator Garden Program.
The “Healthy Bee, Healthy Me” Pollinator Garden Program is brought to you by Keep Durham Beautiful in partnership with Durham County Cooperative Extension to promote pollinator habitat throughout Durham City and County. The program is made possible in part by a grant from The Burt’s Bees Greater Good Foundation.
The goal of the program is to establish educational pollinator gardens in proximity to pre-existing community gardens to ensure the sustainability of nectar and pollen sources for our honey bees, native bees, butterflies and other pollinators throughout the year, and to increase the yield of the food crops grown within the community gardens. 
Gardens selected to participate in the Healthy Bee, Healthy Me program will receive pollinator plants, tool loaning, technical guidance, and interpretive signage. Preference will be given to well-managed community gardens that serve low income or underserved populations, with a focus on food and revenue generation.
Our goal at Keep Durham Beautiful is to create more vibrant and beautiful spaces, where our residents are engaged to be good stewards of their community environment. Providing bees and other pollinators with plenty of food sources throughout the year ensures the sustainability of their populations and increases the health and yield of the food crops grown nearby. Establishing pollinator gardens is one of the many ways that KDB promotes community greening and beautification. 
For more information or to download the application visit: or contact Keep Durham Beautiful at 919-560-4197.
About Keep Durham Beautiful
Keep Durham Beautiful is a nonprofit, volunteer organization working in partnership with the City of Durham General Services Department and Durham County to encourage residents, businesses, and community organizations to protect the environment and enhance the appearance of Durham through cleanup events, beautification projects, waste reduction, and educational activities. To learn more, visit the website, like on Facebook, and follow on Instagramflickr, and Twitter.