Celebrate Arbor Day in Durham on March 6

Keep Durham Beautiful March Newsletter


Bulb Blitz 2016

The Keep Durham Beautiful 2016 Bulb Blitz Giveaway is officially here! Durham-based community groups are invited to register for the chance to win 100 free bulbs to help keep our community clean, green, and beautiful.

The giveaway will feature a mix of summer blooming bulbs (Cannas, Daylilies, and Asiatic Lilies) that should be planted by volunteer groups in the spring for optimum performance. All of these bulbs are perennials, which means they’ll come up again each year, beautifying Durham for years.

The deadline for submission for the #BulbBlitz16 giveaway is Monday, March 14, 2016 at 5 p.m. EST. For the full list of rules for participation and registration, visit:

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Upcoming Events & Volunteer Opportunities

Arbor Day Celebration
Sunday, March 6 | 12 - 4 PM
Museum of Life and Science
(433 W. Murray Ave.)

This annual celebration of Durham’s trees is free and open to the public. Arbor Day will feature activities suitable for all ages including a tree seedling giveaway, educational table displays, an arborist equipment demonstration, and community volunteer tree planting. 

Entry to the Museum of Life and Science  is free to all Durham County residents on Sunday, March 6. Showing proof of residence for each adult is required to receive free admission, and the limit is five children per adult resident. 

For the full schedule of activities and registration for the community tree planting event, visit: Arbor Day 2016 or contact us by email at or by phone: (919) 354-2729.

Arbor Day Tree Planting

Join us from 2:30 - 4 PM as we plant 30 trees along North Glendale Avenue as part of the Arbor Day Celebration
  • No experience necessary and all ages welcome with adult supervision.
  • Please wear warm clothes you don’t mind getting dirty and bring a water bottle.
  • Gloves and tools will be provided, but feel free to bring your own if you prefer.
Sign up to Volunteer
Tree Planting
Tree Planting in Old West Durham
Friday, March 4 | 12:30 - 4:30 PM
Intersection of Hillsborough & Trent 
(2627 Hillsborough Road)

Join us as we plant trees in the Old West Durham Neighborhood!

No experience necessary and all ages welcome (with adult supervision). 

Please bring water and wear warm layers you don't mind getting dirty. We will provide gloves and shovels. 
Sign up to Volunteer
Tree Seedling Giveaway
Tree Seedling Giveaway
Sunday March 13 | 12 - 4 PM
Durham Central Park, Food Truck Rodeo

Want a free tree seedling? Come visit the Keep Durham Beautiful tent at the Food Truck Rodeo. We will have 8 varieties of tree seedlings to choose from, while supplies last.

Durham County Master Gardener volunteers will be on site to answer your tree related questions. Trees must be planted in Durham County.

Creek Week
#CreekWeek16 is almost here! Creek week, which is coming up March 12-19, will feature Opportunities to Discover Your Watershed (education), Explore Hidden Gems (recreation), and Volunteer. Cleanups, canoe trips, trivia, hikes, and hands on experiences for all ages.
For a list of events, visit:
Don't Litter, Man
"Don't Litter, Man" music video by local Durham Hip Hop artist, Pierce Freelon. Pierce will be leading a beat-making session with up-cycled trash & other improvised instruments at the ‪#CreekWeek16‬ "Litter Beats" workshop on Sat., March 19 at 1 p.m. at Forest Hills Park. 

KDB News & Updates

Nominations now open for the Golden Leaf Awards

Golden Leaf Awards
Golden Lead Award Recipients at the 2010 Golden Leaf Award Reception

Help recognize Durham properties that illustrate the best visual or environmental contributions to the community.

The Durham City-County Appearance Commission, Keep Durham Beautiful, and the Durham City-County Environmental Affairs Board are seeking 2016 Golden Leaf Awards nominations, which recognize new developments, buildings, and landscaping in Durham County that provide positive attributes to the built environment.

Nomination categories include Neighborhood Garden & Landscape; Hearth & Home; Adaptive Reuse–Old Building New Design; Small Development (under 12,000 sq. ft.); Large Development (over 12000 sq. ft.); Keep Durham Beautiful; and Sustainable Design.

Homeowners, building owners, architects, landscape architects, developers, realtors, and anyone involved in design, planning, and construction are encouraged to enter projects completed within the last five years. Residents who think there are certain Durham properties that have outstanding curb appeal are also invited to nominate those properties.

Visit the Golden Leaf Awards website to review complete descriptions of the categories, submission criteria, and nomination forms. Submissions are due by Sunday, March 13, 2016.

Winners in all categories will be honored with a Golden Leaf award at this year’s awards reception and ceremony, which will be held on Thursday, April 14, 2016, at 6:30 p.m. in the Durham County Government Administrative Complex Commissioners’ Chambers, 200 E. Main Street, Durham. For more information, contact Planning Supervisor Aaron Cain with the Durham City-County Planning Department at (919) 560-4137, ext. 28226 or by email.

Welcome 2016 KDB Board Members!

KDB Board Retreat 2016
Many inspiring ideas came out of the February Keep Durham Beautiful retreat where the Board of Directors set goals and plans for this upcoming year to continue our work making Durham a clean, green, and beautiful place to live.
We are thrilled to welcome the new members of the Keep Durham Beautiful board of directors!

2016 Board of Directors:
Stacey Burkert (Chair)
Michael Shiftlett (Vice Chair, Treasurer)
Joyce Smith
Nicholas Allen
Richard Miller
Frederick Bright
Lisa Richmond
John Goebel

2016 Ex-Officio Officers:
Chris Boyer, City of Durham General Services 
Chrissie Koroivui, Durham County General Services
Annette Smith, City of Durham, Parks and Recreation
Dan Parker, City of Durham, Solid Waste Management
Caleb Stephenson, Fuqua on Board
Adrian Wilson, Fuqua on Board
Interested in getting more involved with Keep Durham Beautiful?
Learn about opportunities to join the Board or get plugged into one of our committees by contacting Tania Dautlick at 919-354-2729 or by email at
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