Fall is for planting and protecting Durham's trees!

It's Tree Bandit Time!

It's Tree Bandit Time!
These Durham Tree Bandits prevented thousands of canker worms from reproducing in 2015.
Halloween Tree Banding
Monday, October 31 | 12-2 PM
Bay Hargrove Park (208 Hargrove Street)

Join us on Monday, October 31 from noon-2 pm to be a Halloween Tree Bandit! Our demonstration will prepare participants for the task, then we'll band trees to protect them from canker worms. Come in costume for a chance to win prizes and treats. All ages are welcome (and there's no Durham Public School that day). Meet at Bay Hargrove Park, 208 Hargrove Street. To RSVP, email us at
Geer Cemetery Cleanup
Geer Cemetery Cleanup
Thursday, October 13 | 2-4 PM
Geer Cemetery (800 Colonial Street)

Geer Cemetery is a four-acre wooded Cemetery in East Durham and the resting place of many of the earliest generations of African Americans in Durham. No group claims ownership of the historic Durham cemetery which remains largely unmaintained and will greatly benefit from your volunteer efforts! Join us as we collect litter and tree debris, remove invasive species and landscape around the entrance marker. To RSVP, email us at
2nd Annual Monarch Festival CANCELLED
Sandy Creek Park (3510 Sandy Creek Drive)

We are sad to announce the Cancellation of the Monarch Festival, scheduled for Saturday October 8 at Sandy Creek Park, due to severe weather. There is no rain date so the festival will not take place this year. Please save the date of October 14, 2017 and plan to celebrate the Monarchs next year. We invite you to visit the beautiful pollinator gardens at 3510 Sandy Creek Drive during the next two weeks to catch glimpses of these magnificent butterflies.
Rain Garden Planting POSTPONED
George Watts Montessori (700 Watts Street)

Our AmeriCorps Servicemember Monica Ospina is leading an effort to plant a rain garden at the George Watts Montessori School. Rain gardens are great for helping with drainage issues and filtering out pollutants from our waterways. Learn more about their benefits by reading Monica's blog on the subject. To find the rescheduled date and volunteer later in October sign up here!
Give Thanks: Tree Giveaway
November 8, 12, 19

Help spread the love for trees by joining us for our 2016 Tree Giveaway. Thanks to a generous donation from Alliance for Community Trees, we will be handing out 350 trees for Durham County residents this November. Registration for the tree giveaway will start on November 1, 2016. Our theme for this year’s  giveaway is “Give Thanks." In addition to handing out trees we will be hosting fall volunteer tree plantings, tree planting demos, and a food drive to benefit the Durham community.

More details to come soon! Please visit: to stay up to date on the giveaway.

Events & Volunteer Opportunities from Our Community Partners:

Help Fight the Invasion!
Prevent Cankerworms
Over the past several years Durham has been invaded by high levels of cankerworms. These worms consume the leaves of our trees in the Spring and make them weaker and more susceptible to infestations from other pests and disease. The good news is that we can help stop the infestation by placing simple sticky bands around the trunks of high-risk trees to halt the pest's life cycle.

To learn more, please check out the great information from our partners Trees Across Durham and join us for an upcoming cankerworm info session:
Tree Pruning Workshop
Tree Pruning Workshop
Thursday, October 28 | 7:30 AM- 10:30 AM
General Services Department (2011 Fay Street)

Join the City of Durham's Urban Forestry Manager for a tree pruning training session. The training session will include a presentation about proper tree trimming and pruning methodologies, an outside demonstration, and then an opportunity to try out your new knowledge under the supervision of the Urban Forestry staff. Spots are limited, to sign up please RSVP by calling 919-560-4197
Saturday, October 22
GreenBox Kickstarter
Our partners at Don't Waste Durham have been working with several of our great restaurants to help cut down on unnecessary waste from carry out boxes. You will be able to purchase a reusable container that you can bring along when you go out to carry home your food.

Most carry out containers are made from styrofoam which cannot be recycled, so it all ends up in the landfill where it takes thousands of years to break down. These new reusable containers are a great way to reduce food waste while also protecting the environment..

Don't Waste Durham is launching their Kickstarter to fund this container program on Saturday, October 22. You will be able to order your container after that date. Check out their website for details.
Keep Durham Beautiful piloted a new event waste reduction system at Durham Central Park's Food Truck Rodeos in 2014-2015. We are thrilled to see DCP continue the great waste-wise warrior tradition and offer composting and recycling at the Rodeos that attract over 5,000 people and feature 55 food trucks. Please consider volunteering to help keep the waste reduction efforts sustainable!
Wastewise Food Truck Rodeo
Saturday, October 30 | 12-4 PM
Durham Central Park
Everyone loves a Food Truck Rodeo, but they tend to create a lot of waste. We have partnered up with Durham Central Park to make this signature Durham event waste-wise. Volunteers are needed to help teach food truck rodeo attendees how to properly navigate compost, recycling, and trash bins. YOU can help prevent thousands of pounds of recyclable and compostable waste from entering our landfills.

Sign up to volunteer today! For more information and how to register, visit DCP's Waste Warrior Page here
Wild Ideas about Farms and Food
Tuesday, October 11 | 5:30-8 PM
The Frontier (800 Park Office Drive, Durham)

Come learn about where our food comes from and how to support local farm conservation efforts at The Frontier. These events are fast-paced and feature free food, beer and great conversations.

Keep Durham Beautiful will showcase an exhibit about planting for pollinators to ensure good crop yields! Learn more and RSVP online at:
America Recycles Day Poster Contest
Saturday, October 21

Keep North Carolina Beautiful, The Carton Council, and The Recycle Guys are sponsoring a poster contest for America Recycles Day. This contest is open to all students from grades K through 8th.

All entries must be mailed by October 21 to:
NCDEQ Division of Environmental Assistance and Customer Service
Attn: Recycle Guys Poster Contest
1639 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699‐1639
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