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Bees + Brews

Partnering with Durty Bull Brewery, 33 participants constructed beautiful bee hotels in our SOLD OUT Bees + Brews event! The hotels will provide shelter to solitary native bees, and while they do not provide honey, they are still crucial for pollination and food production! 

Using materials found in nature, such as pinecones and bamboo, to create the ideal habitat, participants began the construction process. The taps of the hammers echoed and resonated against the high ceiling of the brewery. Slowly these sounds dissipated into the rustling of the twigs and pinecones going inside the box and the soft paint strokes as everyone put on their final touches.  
To see more pictures check out our Flickr album.

Farewell and Thank You to Monica & Britt!

We are sad to say farewell to Monica Ospina and Britt Huggins whose service terms with Keep Durham Beautiful have come to a close. Monica has been our Environmental Outreach & Volunteer Coordinator as a CTNC AmeriCorps member. Britt has been our Pollinator Garden Coordinator as a Public Allies AmeriCorps member. Together we have accomplished so much!

In September, we will welcome Dawn Keyser and Jonathan Hill, joining our team as incoming CTNC AmeriCorps members.

Healthy Bee, Healthy Me

Our Pollinator Plant Giveaway and Bees + Brews event are all part of our Healthy Bee, Healthy Me Garden Program aimed at increasing pollinator habitat throughout Durham.

Through our Pollinator Plant Giveaway we were able to giveaway 798 pollinator plants at the Green Flea and South Durham Farmer's Market and 209 plants at the Bahama Farmer's Market! These plants are particularly beneficial and nutritious for our pollinators such as bees, moths, butterflies, and more! 

All in all this could not be possible without the help from the Triangle Community Foundation's Support for Places: Environmental Conservation Public Benefit Program and Burt's Bee's Greater Good Foundation. So we (and our pollinators!) want to give a huge THANK YOU!

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Geer Cemetery Clean Up - September 22nd

Join in cleaning up historic Geer Cemetery as we work with Durham Tech to clear brush, trim vines, and beautify the cemetery. This cemetery is rich in history as it is the first cemetery for African Americans in the history of Durham. More information about the cemetery through the years can be found at Friends of Geer Cemetery.

Big Sweep - October 7th

Did you know that a great deal of trash in the ocean starts at the local level in streets and rivers? Durham Big Sweep not only improves local appearance but also helps prevent this trash from flowing out to the watersheds and ocean where it can harm water quality and wildlife. 

How does it work? With the sponsorship of Keep Durham Beautiful, Durham County Soil and Water Conservation District and City of Durham Stormwater Services, teams of volunteers choose a location such as a park, stream or neighborhood, and get to work picking up trash! City of Durham Neighborhood Improvement Services and Durham County General Services will also provide support for the event. Make this a day to show those around you how to be a steward of the Earth!

Durham's Monarch Festival - October 14th

Celebrate the amazing journey of the Monarch butterfly! There will be music, educational booths, food and fun for all ages. The Durham Monarch Festival at Sandy Creek Park takes place at a certified waystation for Monarch butterflies as they migrate to Mexico. The park features milkweed, nectar sources and shelter that help sustain Monarchs on their long journey. There are also volunteer opportunities if you want to help us make this event a success!

Find more information on our website!


ReUse Rodeo - October 21st

We are excited to host this reuse event again with our partners City of Durham Solid Waste Management and Durham County Waste Management! The event allows residents to donate gently used items to multiple nonprofits at the same time in the same place. You can donate clothes, books, furniture, housewares, baby supplies, art supplies, and more. We will also offer E-waste recycling and paper shredding! Volunteers needed: Get involved!

Seeking ReUse Rodeo Applicants!

Keep Durham Beautiful is accepting applications from local nonprofit organizations to take part in Durham's Second ReUse Rodeo on Oct. 21 at the Durham County Stadium. Interested nonprofits should apply by Sept. 15. More info here!


August Happenings

  • We had fun teaching children about trees while making leaf-rubbing art with families through the East Durham Children's Initiative  in preparation for our Duke Energy-supported tree plantings on Guthrie Avenue.
  • With 55 volunteers from Duke Law joining us at George Watts Elementary and several Durham parks, we were able to pick up litter, enhance pollinator habitat, and prepare a rain garden, all an afternoon! It's amazing what we can accomplish together in just a few hours. To see more pictures of the event check out our Flickr album.
  • We partnered with the APS of Durham for our Pick Up with Pups Litter Clean Up featured by Spectrum News.
  • We built bee hotels and hosted a Pop-Up Pollinator Plant Giveaway at the Durham Green Flea Market and the South Durham Farmer's Market on August 12th, giving away 798 free plants! Two weeks later at the Bahama Farmer's Market we were able to give away 209 more thanks to a grant from Triangle Community Foundation
  • Check out our video featuring our volunteers dedicated to building and beautifying our community!
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