Jun
1
8:00 AM08:00

Keep Durham Beautiful's Spring Golf Classic - June 1

Golf for a greener Durham! Help our mission while you play golf with your team, eat a BBQ lunch, and win raffle prizes! Early bird rate for one golfer’s player fees is $65 per player. Rates increase after May 13, 2018 to $75 per player. It couldn't be easier or more fun improving Durham.

Want to help us out? Consider being a sponsor! Info on gift baskets, sponsoring a hole, or a team available in registration or by emailing info@keepdurhambeautiful.org

Whether you're a player or a sponsor register today! Enjoy golfing for a cause; have fun and win prizes while you make a difference.

Register here.
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Jun
2
9:00 AM09:00

McDougald Terrace Clean Our Streets Project

Join the Durham Police Department in partnership with Keep Durham Beautiful for a spring cleaning event to strengthen police- community relationships while promoting community greening, litter prevention, and waste reduction. This is an excellent opportunity to get to know your local police force, become a steward of the environment, and take ownership over you community! Interested? Learn more and sign up here! 

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Jun
9
10:00 AM10:00

Durham Pollinator Bike Tour

This year National Pollinator Week is June 17th - 24th, and in celebration we're hosting our first ever Pollinator Garden Tour - by bike! Registration is $10 in advance/$15 the day of, and includes a mead tasting (21+), refreshments, and giveaways from Burt's Bees. All proceeds go to support pollinator advocacy projects in Durham.

Join us for a casual 8-10 mile cruise through city streets and trails, where you'll get to experience some of the hidden gems that are keeping our pollinators happy in Durham! Selected sites include gardens, hives, bee hotels, and more.

We will begin our journey at the Durham Bike Co-op (1612 Acadia St), where you can make sure your bike is in good riding shape and visit the resident bee hive! There will be approximately 10 stops on the ride, with guides at each site to give a brief 15 minute presentation and tour. 

We will end at Honeygirl Meadery (105 Hood St) for some exclusive mead tasting and the opportunity to find out what YOU can do to be a friend to pollinators from local non-profits and pollinator advocates. Light refreshments will be available. 

This is a no-drop ride. Participants are expected to obey the rules of the road and wear a helmet. If you are transporting your bike to the event by car, feel free to park at either the beginning or end destination - we WILL offer a supported ride back to the Bike Co-op for those that need it.

Please register here!

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May
20
4:00 PM16:00

Wrightwood Neighborhood Picnic and Park Clean-up

The Tuscaloosa-Lakewood Neighborhood Association and Friends of Wrightwood are joining together this Spring for a neighborhood picnic at Wrightwood Park. Park spruce-up and kickball will begin at 4:00, potluck and possible food trucks starting at 5:00.

We will be working to remove trash and invasive plants from the waterway in the park. Come and help make this corner of the world a little more lovely!

Email Betsy Ferney (betsybpi@yahoo.com) for more information. Register to volunteer here!

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Apr
22
12:00 PM12:00

Durham Earth Day Festival

Join us as we celebrate Earth Day at this fun, family-friendly festival presented by Durham Parks & Recreation and the Durham Parks Foundation. Complete with food trucks, live music, and even an Earth Day Parade, you won't want to miss it! Find more information here.

We're in need of a few brave Waste Warriors to help us manage the waste stations for the festival, as well as with set-up and break-down of our tent and table. If you'd like to volunteer, sign up here!

 

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Mar
23
3:00 PM15:00

Geer Cemetery Cleanup

At least twice every year, Keep Durham Beautiful sends volunteers to help restore the historic Geer Cemetery in east Durham. This was one of the most prominent African American cemeteries in Durham at the turn of the century, but has since fallen into disuse. No one claims ownership over this property, so it's up to volunteers to help maintain this historic and hallowed ground! 

Interested? Register here! 

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Mar
10
9:00 AM09:00

Tree Planting at NCSSM

Join Keep Durham Beautiful, Trees Durham, the Durham and Chapel Hill Rotary Clubs, and the North Carolina School of Science and Math as we plant trees across NCSSM's campus! This event is FREE and open to the public. Participate individually or as a family--kids are allowed with adult supervision present! Want to help but can't make this planting? Consider donating to help make this tree planting possible!

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Mar
2
10:00 AM10:00

Tree Planting at Durham Central Park

Join Keep Durham Beautiful, Trees Durham, Leaf & Limb, Durham Downtown Rotary Club, City of Durham Urban Forestry, and Durham Central Park, INC as we plant trees in Central Park! This will be part of the city's celebration of arbor day, and will include speeches by important delegates, forestry technology demonstrations, food trucks, and, of course, planting trees! Interested in helping but can't make it to this event? Consider donating to help make this tree planting possible! 

Lean more and register here! 

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Feb
24
1:00 PM13:00

Tree Planting at Walltown

  • Trinity Heights Homesites (Corner of Berkeley and Green) (map)
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Join us as we partner with the Duke Carbon Offsets Initiative and Delta in their sponsorship of these trees and our mission to plant 1,000 trees this winter. This planting will take place in the historic neighborhood of Walltown. No experience necessary, all equipment provided.

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Feb
4
1:30 PM13:30

(CANCELLED): Tu B’shvat Tree Planting

 

Due to inclement weather, the City/County Sustainability office and Keep Durham Beautiful have decided to cancel this event. The trees we were planning on planting here will be incorporated into the tree planting with Fullsteam on the 2nd. We're sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused.

 

 

Join Keep Durham Beautiful, the City-County Sustainability Office, the Jewish Federation of Durham-Chapel Hill, and the Israel Center as we celebrate Tu B'shvat: the New Year for Trees in the Jewish calendar! Volunteers will meet by the Beaver Marsh Preserve entrance at the end of Ambridge Street, and then walk to plant trees along Club Boulevard. Plenty of on street parking is available. 

Tools, gloves, vests, trees and instruction will be provided. Please dress for the weather in layers, wear sturdy shoes, and bring a water bottle. Personal gloves and shovels are welcome. For additional information about this planting event, please contact:

Tobin L. Freid

Sustainability Manager, Durham City & County

(919) 560-7999

tfreid@dconc.gov

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Feb
3
1:00 PM13:00

Tree Planting with Fullsteam Brewery

  • Northgate Park Parking Area- Acadia Street (map)
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Last year Fullsteam Brewery, in partnership with the Durham Originals and Keep Durham Beautiful, brought out over 80 of volunteers to plant 250 trees in the historic Walltown neighborhood. This year they're back and counting on you to help them plant 75 (or more) trees around the Northgate neighborhood! Head to Fullsteam Brewery, 726 Rigsbee Ave, after you are done planting to chat with lead brewer and sustainability coordinator, Amanda Richardson. Grab a reusable stainless steel mug for $10 and get it filled with a Fullsteam classic for free as a token of our appreciation. Proceeds benefit Fullsteam’s green team! Because this project is a bit smaller in scale, we are capping the number of volunteers at 50, so sign up today! 

THIS EVENT IS FULL! Fill out the form to be put onto our waitlist. You'll be updated prior to the event if space opens up! Otherwise check out our other tree planting opportunities here and feel free to join us for the post-tree planting celebration at 4:30 pm at Fullsteam.

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Feb
1
3:00 PM15:00

Tree Removal at Duke Campus Farm--Round 2

Get ready to dig in with this unusual but fun opportunity! Two years ago more than 200 saplings were temporarily planted at the Duke Campus Farm in order to keep them healthy while they continued to grow to be ready for planting. The time has come to unearth them so that they can be transplanted into their permanent homes. 

Learning how to properly uproot a tree without causing too much damage is just as important as learning how to plant them. Whether you're looking to gain a new skill, get some exercise, or just enjoy digging in the dirt, we hope you'll join us! Register here.

This will be the second of two workdays we've allotted to finish the project. The first workday is on Thursday, January 25th. 

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Jan
25
3:00 PM15:00

Tree Removal at Duke Campus Farm--Round 1

Get ready to dig in with this unusual but fun opportunity! Two years ago more than 200 saplings were temporarily planted at the Duke Campus Farm in order to keep them healthy while they continued to grow to be ready for planting. The time has come to unearth them so that they can be transplanted into their permanent homes. 

Learning how to properly uproot a tree without causing too much damage is just as important as learning how to plant them. Whether you're looking to gain a new skill, get some exercise, or just enjoy digging in the dirt, we hope you'll join us! Register here.

This will be the first of two workdays we've allotted to finish the project. The next workday will be Thursday, February 1st.

 

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Jan
15
9:00 AM09:00

MLK Day of Service Tree Planting

  • Old North Durham 208 Hargrove St / Cleveland Holloway 411 Holloway St. (map)
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 "EVEN IF I KNEW THAT TOMORROW THE WORLD WOULD GO TO PIECES, I WOULD STILL PLANT MY APPLE TREE." --Martin Luther King, Jr.

"EVEN IF I KNEW THAT TOMORROW THE WORLD WOULD GO TO PIECES, I WOULD STILL PLANT MY APPLE TREE." --Martin Luther King, Jr.

Join us for a special day of service in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.! We will be planting 100 trees in the historic Cleveland Holloway and Old North Durham neighborhoods. The planting will be broken up into two shifts, one in the morning from 9am to 12pm meeting at Bay Hargrove Park (208 Hargrove St) and the other in the afternoon from 1pm to 4pm meeting at Cleveland Holloway Park (411 Holloway St). Please be sure to select which shift you are interested in on your registration. I 

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Jan
14
12:00 PM12:00

Food Truck Rodeo - Be a Waste Warrior

Fight the good fight and help divert waste from the landfill! Waste warriors are responsible for helping people properly recycle and compost. In return for your valiant waste fighting, you will receive a voucher to the food truck of your choice, a Durham Central Park tshirt, and a huge thank you from us and the earth. 

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Jan
6
12:00 PM12:00

Tree Planting on James Street

  • Easement Across from the Intersection of Wallace and James Streets (map)
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Come join us as we ring in the new year by planting over 70 trees along James Street in the historic Lakewood Neighborhood! We bring all the tools and training, you just bring yourself. Participate individually or as a family--kids are allowed with adult supervision present! Completely FREE and open to the public. Let's get to planting so we can have more trees to hug in 2018!

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Dec
15
3:00 PM15:00

2nd Tree Planting at Burch Avenue

Interested in planting trees at Burch Avenue but missed our first planting? Thanks to a generous donation by the Law Attorney Offices of James Scott Farrin, we are planting 20 additional trees around the Burch Avenue neighborhood on December 8th! Come help us beautify this historic community! Children are welcome at this tree planting event. 

On street parking is available. Volunteers should plan to meet in front of Burch Avenue Park at 816 Burch Avenue.

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Dec
14
2:00 PM14:00

Tree Giveaway at Eastway Elementary

Want a tree for FREE? On the afternoon of December 14th we'll be giving away hundreds of Crape Myrtles to Durham residents. Each resident is allowed 1 tree. You can use this form to reserve a tree in advance. We have roughly twenty trees of each of the varieties listed below and will reserve them on a first come, first serve basis. Trees can be picked up in the parking lot just to the right of Eastway Elementary's carpool line. 

AN ADDED BONUS: we are partnering with several local businesses to offer unique perks for residents who plant their trees. Residents who bring their tree receipt, along with a selfie of themselves with their newly planted tree, can receive one of the following:

Kings Sandwich Shop..................................1 free hotdog

Cocoa Cinnamon(420 West Geer location only)...free 8oz latte

Scratch Seasonal Artisan Baking................1 free doughnut

Loaf.......................................................................1 free cookie

LocoPops (Hillsborough Road location only)............1 free LocoPop

9th St. Bakery……..…..............1 free cookie OR coffee

The Mad Popper..............................1 free cone of popcorn

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Dec
2
9:00 AM09:00

Tree Planting: Trinity Park

Love the trees that fill your neighborhoods and change from season to season? Come join us to plant some more! We bring all the tools and training, you just bring yourself. Participate individually or as a family--kids are allowed with adult supervision present! Completely FREE and open to the public. Let's get to planting so we can have more trees to hug.

Email us or contact Alex Johnson at 919-475-6769 with any questions.

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Nov
17
5:00 PM17:00

Reuse! Documentary Screening by Don't Waste Durham

We will be at Don't Waste Durham's screening of Reuse! Because You Can't Recycle The Planet and get jazzed to change the world! Come get educated, spend time with your loved ones, and also meet with organizations in the area--including KDB--to learn how you can make a difference! Event is FREE and open to the public. Food trucks, vendors, giveaways and good times! RSVP on Don't Waste Durham's FB event page.

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Nov
11
2:00 PM14:00

Tree Planting: Burch Avenue

Interested in tree planting but missed the workshop? Want to help beautify a historic neighborhood? Following the tree planting workshop on November 11th, volunteers are invited to participate in an expanded tree planting around Burch Avenue and the surrounding streets! We have over 100 trees to plant, so the more volunteers the better! Children are welcome at this tree planting event. 

On street parking is available. Volunteers should plan to meet in front of Burch Avenue Park at 816 Burch Avenue.

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Nov
11
1:00 PM13:00

Tree Keeper Series: Planting Workshop

Thank you for choosing to join us and Durham Tree Advocates! This workshop is FREE and open to the public. This is the second of two workshops in our Tree Keeper Certification Series. Tree Keepers should be prepared to attend at least one tree planting this season and utilize your newfound skills to teach others the basics of tree planting and care. If you are planning on attending please register below!

This workshop will focus on the basics of planting. Trees are essentially a lifetime investment. How well your tree, and investment, grows depends on the type of tree and location you select for planting, the care you provide when the tree is planted, and follow-up care the tree receives after planting.

The learning portion of the workshop will take place from 1 to 2, followed by a planting exercise along Burch Avenue from 2 to 4. Anyone not attending the learning portion that is still interested in helping to plant trees is welcome! Our goal is to plant around 100 trees of 10 different species:

We will be meeting at Burch Ave Park.

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Nov
5
11:00 AM11:00

Food Truck Rodeo - Be a Waste Warrior

Fight the good fight and help divert waste from the landfill! Waste warriors are responsible for helping people properly recycle and compost. In return for your valiant waste fighting, you will receive a voucher to the food truck of your choice, a Durham Central Park tshirt, and a huge thank you from us and the earth. 

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Oct
28
10:00 AM10:00

Tree Keeper Series: Pruning Workshop

  • 1501 Green St Durham, NC, 27705 United States (map)
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Join us and the Durham Tree Advocates as we kick-off tree planting season! This is the first of two workshops in our Tree Keeper series, which is designed to give folks in the community the knowledge they need to assist other volunteers in future tree planting projects. The workshop is free and open to the public. If you are intending to become a Tree Keeper we ask you to attend both workshops in the series and be prepared to attend at least one tree planting this season and utilize their newfound skill to teach others the basics of tree planting and care.

This workshop will focus on the basics of pruning, a necessary process of removing select limbs that will affect the growing tree’s shape, strength, and even its life span. The next workshop will be taking place on Saturday November 11th and will focus on planting.

Meet at the open space at the corner of Green St. and Berkeley St.

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Oct
14
10:00 AM10:00

Durham Monarch Festival

Join us as we celebrate the amazing journey of the Monarch butterfly! There will be music, educational booths, food and fun for all ages.

The Sandy Creek Monarch Festival is a celebration of the fact that Sandy Creek Park is a certified waystation for Monarch butterflies as they migrate to Mexico. The park features milkweed, nectar sources and shelter that help sustain Monarchs throughout their migration.

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Sep
1
to Oct 31

Durham Big Sweep

Durham's largest volunteer litter cleanup event, Big Sweep takes place from September to October every year. Keep Durham Beautiful provides the tools, and you provide the labor. Folks can volunteer as individuals or register a group. 

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