Enjoy a day filled with an eclectic mix of music, food, hands-on environmental education activities and much more at the Earth Day Festival, put on by Durham Parks and Recreation!
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There are two shifts: 11:30am-2:30pm and 2:30-5:30pm for each position. Hope to see you there!
Join us and the Old West Durham Neighborhood Association as we work to revitalize this historic Durham Cemetery! Erwin Mills Cemetery, aka Cedar Mills Cemetery, was established in 1893, the same year as the mill and Trinity College (now Duke East Campus), and is known as one of the first integrated cemeteries in Durham. It began as a cemetery for employees who could not afford burial elsewhere. Later, other people were also buried there. The last major efforts to clean up the cemetery took place in the Spring of 2000.
We will be performing light to medium tasks such as clearing branches, cutting vines, raking leaves and cleaning up around plots/headstones. Tools, gloves, and water will be provided. Please bring your own water bottles and dress for the weather. There is very little parking near the cemetery, so carpooling is strongly advised!
The Southside Neighborhood Association would like to invite you to roll into Spring 2019 with some neighborhood litter pickup! We will be providing supplies and our friends at the YMCA will also be lending a helping hand. Let's show how the Durham community comes together to remove unsightly litter and debris from our neighborhoods!
Tools, gloves, and water will be provided. Please bring your own water bottles and dress for the weather.
Join Keep Durham Beautiful, City of Durham, and Durham Housing Authority in celebrating Arbor Day in Durham! Come out to learn about trees and tree care and to beautify the community. Ten large ball and burlap trees will be planted on Sima Avenue. There will also be a reading of the Arbor Day proclamation at 10:30 by Council Member Javiera Caballero and brief comments from NC Forest Service.
In addition to helping plant trees and learning about trees and their care, volunteers will also help pick up litter and cut back invasive plants and vines in Burton Park to improve usability of the park and make it safer and more accessible! Gloves, vests, tools and supplies will be provided.
Spectators welcome. Those coming to volunteer should dress in long pants, wear layers for the weather, wear sturdy closed toe shoes, and bring a water bottle. We will be set up at Burton Park adjacent to McDougald Terrace. You can park in any legal space along nearby streets.
This event is free and open to the public. City employees are encouraged to participate. Volunteer hours may be used with supervisor approval.
Please join the Sustaina-bull leg of Bull City Burger and Brewery’s Golden Bull scavenger hunt by picking up litter with Keep Durham Beautiful!
Removing litter from streets helps protect natural life, ensures that trash won’t get into our waters, and reduces the likeliness of litter-caused car accidents! The whole community benefits each each piece of litter that is removed!
We will be picking up litter along Ramseur Street. Meetup and parking directions will be sent out after registration. Safety vets, gloves, trash bags, and litter grabbers will be provided. Remember to dress for the weather and bring water!
Please join Keep Durham Beautiful, TreesDurham, Leaf & Limb, and Duke Energy on March 9, 2019 from 11:30am – 2pm and help plant 50 trees at Durham Public School’s Year-round Pearsontown Elementary in South Durham.
Pearsontown is a racially and ethnically diverse school with 33% of students from low income families. Planting trees on the school grounds and playgrounds of Pearsontown is particularly important because the school year there starts in mid-July and kindergartners through 5th graders, teachers, staff, and after-school kids are out on the playground during the hottest parts of the summer. The shade from the trees will help provide relief from the heat, protection from harmful sun exposure, cleaner air, and much beauty! In addition, the trees will provide students with an opportunity for learning about the environment and serve as gathering spots at outdoor school events such as kindergarten graduation and International Night.
Training in tree planting, shovels, and gloves will be provided. However, if you have an extra shovel to bring along, that would be great! Coffee and snacks will be provided as well!
Welcome to the Keep Durham Beautiful 2019 Bulb Blitz! Thanks to a generous donation of overstock from Gardens Alive! and Van Engelen nurseries, and arranged through Keep Winston Salem Beautiful, we have thousands of FLOWER BULBS TO GIVEAWAY to Durham community gardens, garden clubs, neighborhood associations and schools! Please fill out the form below to apply for bulbs.
NOTE: Deadline to apply is Sunday, Feb 3, 2019. We apologize for the short notice but we need to get these bulbs in the ground! Pickup will be February 6 & 7 from 8:30am-4:30pm.
Forest Hills Park Residents,
Want to see more trees in your neighborhood? Join Keep Durham Beautiful, Forest Hills Neighborhood Association, and Forest Hills Junior Garden Club in planting 15 trees at Forest Hills Park!
Supplies will be provided. We encourage you to dress for the weather and bring your own water! If you have warm gloves we suggest you bring those as well.
We’ll meet at the new parking lot on East Forest Hills Blvd near the tennis courts, across from 100 E Forest Hills Blvd, at 2 pm.
Children should be accompanied by a guardian who will be responsible for them during the entire service event.
Have MLK day off? Want to serve your community in this national day of service? Join us in planting trees! Trees provide a multitude of benefits to our community, such as filtering pollution, cooling the air, and creating a hospital environment for humans and wildlife.
Tools will be provided, but we do recommend you bring your own water-bottle, shovel, and gloves if you have them! We will be meeting, and parking, at YE Smith Elementary School.
Thanks to the support of Fullsteam, we will be planting 150 trees in East Durham!
We are at capacity for planters! If you want to help out, you can come at 10 AM to help set up!
“Everybody can be great ... because anybody can serve. “ -Martin Luther King Jr. ‘
Keep Durham Beautiful has long been a partner of Fullsteam in furthering our commitment to environmental stewardship. This tree planting allows us to make a direct impact (biodiversity, air filtration etc) but also allows us to engage with our community. We hope that people see Fullsteam as not just a brewery but also a force for environmental and social good!
Fullsteam’s mission is to craft distinctly Southern beer that celebrates the farm and food traditions of the American South.
We express our love for community and the land through the Southern Beer Economy. Through the act of commerce -- including our commitment to a living wage for our employees -- our purchases (and yours) foster community and agricultural pride, create wealth, and encourage entrepreneurship within the post-tobacco South.
And though our mission is lofty, we aim to keep it all fun. At the end of the day it's beer: the beverage of celebration, backyard gatherings, good food, and good people.
Rescheduled Event: Join us for our second tree planting of the season! We'll be planting alongside our friends from TreesDurham, Durham Rotary, Durham Community Land Trust, Duke Energy, and Leaf & Limb, as well as with the City of Durham in the Southside Neighborhood.
Meet at the corner of E. Piedmont Ave. and Scout Dr. at 11 am. Dress for the weather and bring a water bottle. Tools will be provided, but you are encouraged to bring your own shovel and gloves if you have them! Parking will be along neighborhood streets in any legal spaces.
We will plant close to 100 trees across the Southside neighborhood, bringing much needed shade and clear air to the community.
Join us at 11 am for snacks and coffee, when Mayor Schewel will speak on the importance of trees and Duke Energy will talk about their commitment to support community tree planting through their generous $100k grant. After that, we head out to plant!
Duke Energy Grant Brings Trees to Durham, with an Eye on Equity
TreesDurham and Keep Durham Beautiful are the grateful recipients of a $100,000 grant from Duke Energy. The two organizations, already close partners in tree planting, will use these funds to increase environmental justice, improve the health of residents, and enhance sustainability across Durham through tree planting, education, and advocacy.
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Help us build the Pollinator portion of the Durham County Library Seed Library by filling seed packets!
As part of our Pollinator Project with Triangle Community Foundation, we've ordered seed from Mellow Marsh Farm in bulk and need to put them into smaller portions for sharing in the community via the Seed Library. This will be the first pollinator specific selection in the library system!
We will supply all the necessary materials, just bring your enthusiasm, love for pollinators, and nimble fingers!
Want to spread the holiday spirit AND keep Durham’s streets clean and litter-free? Join us in the Durham Holiday Parade! We will have volunteers walking with our truck and picking up litter along the parade route. Register below for details.
Keep Durham Beautiful will be giving away 250 trees to Durham residents this Saturday afternoon, thanks to a grant from Alliance for Community Trees. Special thanks to East Durham Children's Initiative for partnering to host the Tree Giveaway at 2101 Angier Avenue on Saturday December 1 from 1:30-4:30 pm.
Each household is allowed 1 tree. Please use the form below to reserve a tree in advance and select which type you would like. We will reserve them on a first come, first serve basis. Some trees will be available for walk-up participants also on a first-come, first-served basis.
If you cannot pick up your reserved tree at this time, we regret that due to logistics we are not able to hold it for you.
A TREE PLANTING DEMONSTRATION will take place at 2:30 at the Giveaway location. All are welcome. This demonstration includes one training hour for those interested in joining our Tree Keeper program.
Come out for an easy run or walk while picking up litter! This event is all about keeping the environment healthy while also keeping your body healthy with outdoor exercise!
Join this cleanup with our partners “The House that Running Built!” in the Southside neighborhood at the location of their current build.
“The House that Running Built” is a Habitat for Humanity house build whose fundraising is all being done by a group of runners! Come show your support by helping pick up litter in the surrounding neighborhood.
You will run or walk and stop when you come across a piece of trash or recyclable item. Put it in either your trash bag or your recyclable bag and move on — it's as easy as that.
Bring your friends and family - people of all ages are welcome! Routes of several distances from 1-3 miles will be provided, or select your own path!
RESCHEDULE DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED
Join us, Durham Parks & Rec, and the Durham Parks Foundation on Saturday, November 17th as we celebrate the completion of one of Durham's newest trails - the Sandy Creek Trail (The Wetlands Branch)! Along with other valued donors, Keep Durham Beautiful provided $5,000 and coordinated volunteer support to help make the trail and boardwalk happen. This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.
For more information, call 919-560-4355.
America Recycles Day, a program of Keep America Beautiful, is a nationally recognized day dedicated to promoting and celebrating recycling in the United States. Every year on or around November 15, event organizers educate neighbors, friends and colleagues through thousands of events. Keep America Beautiful has created guides, tools, templates and tips to make it easy to organize your local event.
Included in these turnkey materials are customizable templates including posters, media materials, proclamations and activities you can use to promote recycling awareness, commitment and action in your community.
To order America Recycles Day banners, pencils and other giveaways visit http://www.recycledpromos.com/america-recycles-day.html
The East Meets West Piedmont Ave Community Gardens is a new space for restoration and reflection--created to unify Durham's Southside neighborhood in a tasty and organic way!
The garden has been blossoming for several months now, and we are ready to plant our fall crops and install a rain garden!
We have everything you need to garden, just bring your water bottle and bring a friend! ALL ages, abilities, and "garden-sense" welcome. Whether you live in the neighborhood or not, we hope to see you there!
When: Sunday November 11th 2pm - 5pm
Location: Corner of Scout Dr and Piedmont Ave in Durham
For more information contact: Nadiah.Porter@gmail.com
Join us to make our community cleaner and more beautiful at our first tree planting of the season!
Volunteers can park at St. Philips Episcopal Church. We will be planting 45 trees on Liberty Street from Dillard Street up to Elizabeth Street.
No experience necessary, all tools provided! Please wear sturdy shoes/boots, long pants, layers for the weather, hat, sunscreen, and bring a water bottle. If you have favorite gloves or shovels, please bring them, with a label on your shovel.
Registration is now closed due to high interest. Please sign up for our newsletter so you can sign up for our future tree plantings! Our next planting date is tentatively set for December 15.
The Durham Police Department, in conjunction with the Durham Emergency Communications Center, will hold a community grand opening event for the new Durham Police Headquarters Complex on Saturday, October 20, 2018, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event will take place at 602 East Main Street.
The entire Durham community is invited to take part in this historic occasion. The grand opening will include facility tours, food, entertainment and activities for all ages. An official ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held at 12 p.m.
We will be on site hosting the waste diversion centers, so we’re looking for a few brave Waste Warriors to help the public properly sort their trash! Check out available shifts and register here.
Making room for the holidays or doing some Fall cleaning? Need a way to get rid of unwanted items without discarding them in the trash? Come out to Durham’s Third Annual 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 Durham County Stadium. Several local Durham non-profits will be onsite to welcome donated items for repurposing back into the community. There will also be E-waste and Plastic Film 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, appliances, art supplies, baby items etc.
Participating nonprofits and the items they are seeking include:
Habitat Restore - Housewares (all knick knacks, home decor, wall art, office supplies, etc.), Small Appliances (kitchen appliances, humidifiers), Large Appliances (refrigerators, stoves/ovens, washers, dryers, freezers), Furniture (couches, chairs, entertainment centers, armoires, desks, end tables, kitchen tables, etc.), Books (paperback and hardback in good condition), Construction Materials (lumber, hardware, tools, etc.), Electronics (dvd players, flat-screen tvs, speakers)
Holt Elementary School - Small Appliances (shredders, coffee machines), Books (children's), Electronics (tablets, computer, ipods, chargers, radios, electronic games, xbox, wii, nintendo, etc.), Children’s Toys
Book Harvest - All gently used books
Dress For Success
Urban Ministries of Durham
The Scrap Exchange
Want to volunteer? Register here!
Every September and October, groups from across Durham volunteer to pick up litter in their local neighborhoods, parks, and streams.
This is Durham's largest litter cleanup event of the year, coordinated by Keep Durham Beautiful, Durham County Soil and Water Conservation, and the City of Durham Stormwater & GIS Services Division, with additional support provided by the Durham County General Services Department and the City of Durham Neighborhood Improvement Services Department.
Over 5100 Big Sweep volunteers have picked up 160,000 pounds of litter since 2005. In 2017, volunteers collected 30,000 pounds of trash, breaking the previous record, set in 2012, by over 10,000 pounds. This event provides countless benefits to the communities involved, and is one of the most impactful means of keeping Durham beautiful.
ARE YOU IN?
Volunteers can create a cleanup team with their own selected group, or can volunteer as individuals and be assigned to a team. If you don't have a particular site in mind, our staff can assist you in locating a cleanup site. While the official Big Sweep date is October 6, any date in September or October is eligible.
JOIN A GROUP DIRECTLY
If you are registering as an individual volunteer, please view the group cleanups open to the public below and contact the group organizer for additional details:
Crest Street Neighborhood
When: 11/10/18 at 9:00 AM
Where: Crest Street Neighborhood
Contact: Willie Patterson firstname.lastname@example.org
Members of the community are invited to join Durham Tech and Keep Durham Beautiful volunteers in picking up limbs, cutting vines, and removing litter in this historic cemetery.
This cemetery holds a rich history as the only African American cemetery for Durham from 1876 to 1942 and is the final resting place for more than 1,500 people. You can learn more about its history at Friends of Geer Cemetery.
We will provide all tools and safety equipment! All ages are welcome, those under 18 should be accompanied by an adult. Register here!
Come out to the South Durham Farmer's Market this Saturday from 8am to 12pm to pick up some FREE pollinator plants!
The plants were purchased from Cure Nursery in Pittsboro with funding from the Triangle Community Foundation as part of a Pollinator Program grant award. The goal of the grant is partly to increase the number of pollinator friendly plants in our community, and in that spirit the plants that we will be giving away are all perennials that either produce viable seeds or can be easily divided once they grow to a certain size. In return for receiving the plants, we'd like recipients to plan to participate in a plant exchange in the near future.
You are welcome to invite your friends, family, and neighbors to the plant giveaway!
Monarda didyma (Scarlet Beebalm)
Sambucus canadensis (American Black Elderberry)
Solidago ceasei (Blue-Stemmed Goldenrod)
Pycnanthemum virginianum (Virginia Mountain Mint)
Allium cernuum (Nodding Onion)
Amsonia hubrictii (Hubricht's Bluestar)
Callicarpa americana (American Beautyberry)
Asclepias tuberosa (Butterfly Weed)
Eurybia divaricata (White Wood Aster)
Did you know that cigarette butts are the #1 most littered item in the country? This is partly due to the misconception that cigarette filters are made of cotton or another biodegradable substance, when in fact they are actually made of a plastic foam known as cellulose acetate which does not break down in the environment. Cigarette butts are also one of the worst forms of pollution because of the toxic chemicals they contain, which then wash into our rivers, creeks, and streams and eventually the ocean!
We're teaming up with Duke University's Center for Addiction Science and Technology to perform a litter pickup at one of Durham's spots with the highest concentration of cigarette butt litter: Durham Station!
Join us from 1pm to 3pm as we beautify Durham Station and raise awareness of this pernicious form of litter and what you can do to stop it.
We are so excited to partner with The Animal Protection Society of Durham to present the second annual Pick Up with Pups!
Adoptable pups will be walking with us as we pick up litter in Durham. Give us just a little bit of your time to make the area beautiful, give some dogs some love, and maybe fall in love with your next family member!
Location is still TDB.
Bee Downtown beekeepers will show off some of their clear observation hives, allowing you to safely get up close and personal with the bee community. Enter the raffle for a chance to win a few sweet treats and a tour of the Bee Downtown Community Apiaries and check out new balm, soaps, and honey from Bee Downtown.
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 6-8 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! Don't have a bike or not able to bring one? No problem! LimeBike will be on site with FREE bikes for those that need them - just make sure to mark it on your registration.
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 thanks to generous donations from Guglhupf, Watt's Grocery, and Harvest 18.
This is a no-drop ride and suitable for all ages and abilities. 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.
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!
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 email@example.com
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.