Tree Planting in Forest Hills Park
Jan
27
2:00 PM14:00

Tree Planting in Forest Hills Park

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.

Register to plant with us!

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MLK Jr. Day of Service- Tree Planting Sponsored by Fullsteam
Jan
21
1:00 PM13:00

MLK Jr. Day of Service- Tree Planting Sponsored by Fullsteam

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. ‘

About Fullsteam:

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.

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Tree Up Southside!-Rescheduled Date
Jan
12
11:00 AM11:00

Tree Up Southside!-Rescheduled Date

  • 102 E piedmont Avenue, Durham, NC 27707 (map)
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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.

Read & Share the Full Press Release

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Seed Library Envelope Stuffing
Dec
18
3:00 PM15:00

Seed Library Envelope Stuffing

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!

Register here to let us know you’re coming!

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Tree Giveaway 2018!
Dec
1
1:30 PM13:30

Tree Giveaway 2018!

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.

Reserve your tree!

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Plogging (Run + Litter Cleanup) with KDB and The House that Running Built
Nov
17
11:30 AM11:30

Plogging (Run + Litter Cleanup) with KDB and The House that Running Built

  • 123 Chestnut Street Durham, NC, 27707 United States (map)
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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!

Register here!

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Sandy Creek Trail Celebration - POSTPONED DUE TO FLOODING
Nov
17
10:00 AM10:00

Sandy Creek Trail Celebration - POSTPONED DUE TO FLOODING

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.

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America Recycles Day
Nov
15
12:00 AM00:00

America Recycles Day

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

Find more information and event ideas here!

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East Meets West Community Garden Workday
Nov
11
2:00 PM14:00

East Meets West Community Garden Workday

  • Corner of Scout Dr and Piedmont Ave (map)
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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

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First Tree Planting of the Season!
Nov
10
10:00 AM10:00

First Tree Planting of the Season!

  • 403 E Main St Durham, NC 27701 (map)
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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.

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New Durham Police Department Headquarters Grand Opening Waste Reduction
Oct
20
10:00 AM10:00

New Durham Police Department Headquarters Grand Opening Waste Reduction

  • 602 East Main Street Durham, NC, 27701 United States (map)
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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.

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Durham ReUse Rodeo
Oct
13
8:00 AM08:00

Durham ReUse Rodeo

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!

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Big Sweep 2018
Oct
6
to Oct 31

Big Sweep 2018

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 pattersonw@nc.rr.com


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Geer Cemetery Workday
Oct
5
1:00 PM13:00

Geer Cemetery Workday

  • 800 Colonial Street Durham, NC, 27701 United States (map)
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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!

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Pop-Up Pollinator Plant Giveaway!
Sep
29
8:00 AM08:00

Pop-Up Pollinator Plant Giveaway!

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!

Varieties include:

  • 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)

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Cigarette Litter Pick Up at Durham Station
Sep
28
1:00 PM13:00

Cigarette Litter Pick Up at Durham Station

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. 

Register here!

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Pick Up with Pups Litter Cleanup
Aug
12
9:00 AM09:00

Pick Up with Pups Litter Cleanup

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.

Register to attend here!

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Jun
20
5:30 PM17:30

Bee Bash

We’re celebrating National Pollinator Week with the 2nd annual Bee Bash with Bee Downtown. Stop by the roof 5:30-7:30 for some bee fun, a honey-themed drink & snack menu and beautiful city views.

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.

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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 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.

Please 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
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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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!

Click here to register

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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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