All the good we've been creating in Durham with you!



“A tree is our most intimate contact with nature.” Our tree planting program is one of the most rewarding things we do through our Durham community. We try to provide opportunities throughout the year to increase Durham's canopy through community tree plantings and tree giveaway events. These events bring families and friends together to plant a tree that will grow as their children do too! It is amazing to think of the beautiful legacy everyone leaves behind as part of our tree planting program. Learn more

Our upcoming tree planting event is a Tree Planting with Stop Soldier Suicide →


Tool lending library

Want to improve your neighborhood or host an event but need some tools? We got your back. We have plenty of tools that you can borrow to make sure your event is a success and your neighborhood is beautiful! 



community grants

Need some financial help to get a community project going? Keep Durham Beautiful provides bi-annual grants of $500 to underwrite volunteer-based projects organized by community members, organizations, or Durham-area teachers who want to take greater responsibility of the environment around them. Grants are awarded on a reimbursement basis & must projects must relate to our mission.

Learn more about our grant program →

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adoption program

Take ownership of something in your community! This program allows you to adopt a part of your community from a stream to a street and become its primary caretaker. Learn more about what and how you can adopt


durham bee city usa

The Durham Bee City Committee is a volunteer group that promotes and facilitates the education, conservation, and prosperity of our native and honeybee populations in and near Durham County. This group has been partnering with Keep Durham Beautiful and other individuals, organizations and local businesses since 2015 in an endeavor to facilitate the official designation of Durham as an official  Bee City USA by our City Council. 


litter index

The Community Appearance and Litter Index was developed by Keep America Beautiful as a quantitative measure used across the nation to gauge roadside litter levels. Keep Durham Beautiful, with the help of a group of dedicated volunteers, have been monitoring litter in Durham since 2005. Volunteers from the community are trained in the method and then drive set routes in Durham to conduct a visual inspection of litter levels. Routes throughout the city and county are scored on a scale from one to four, with a score of one indicating “no litter” and a score of four indicating the area is “extremely littered.” The index is used to determine the effectiveness of litter campaigns and identify litter “hot spots” in the community for future clean ups. 


Educational Outreach

We offer educational programs in our focus areas of recycling, pollinator health, composting, tree care, and litter prevention. We are available to help educate your group about any of these topics and provide educational resources! If you are interested or want to brainstorm with us, email us at