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Carrying the Torch: Geer Cemetery Clean Up

With fallen leaves crunching underfoot and shadows being cast by looming branches, volunteers from Durham Tech carried the torch of caring for Geer Cemetery. Among the golden and brown leaves collected from autumns that have past are headstones with engraved lettering. These headstones represent more than just those that have passed on. This cemetery is the first African American cemetery in Durham. With its long history, Geer Cemetery stewardship has been called for since 1900. Working through the afternoon, volunteers removed litter and fallen brush to allow the history and quiet, peaceful beauty of the cemetery to filter through the trees. 

To see more pictures of the cemetery and the clean up go to our Flickr album

Durham Big Sweep Begins!

While the designated date for the Durham Big Sweep is October 7th, some groups that aren't able to clean up that day have already begun their clean up efforts!

In all, nearly 400 individuals representing 22 groups plan to participate in Big Sweep 2017!

In the last five years, 2,200 volunteers have helped to clean up an estimated 57,840 lbs. of trash during our annual Big Sweep.

Thanks to the Duke Wesley Fellowship for helping to pick up over 120 pounds of trash at Beaver Marsh Preserve! 

Get Involved:

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 at 3510 Sandy Creek Drive. 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 - 8am-2pm

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, which runs 8am-2pm at Durham County Stadium, 750 Stadium Drive, 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

Pollinator Facts

From our Bees & Brews Workshop

All bees and other pollinators are crucial to our ecosystem and agricultural system, but you could say our native pollinators are some busy bees!

September Happenings

  • Non-profits for the Reuse Rodeo have been announced! Find the updated list of nonprofits we will be working with including the items you can bring!
  • We celebrated National Honey Month with Durty Bull Brewing Company making some more beautiful bee hotels for our native, solitary bees, while sipping on their new honey beer, which supports honey bees!
  • Our board members and staff visited Durham Public School Hub Farm's ozone garden! Check out the Flickr album.
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