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Happy National Pollinator Week!


This Wednesday, June 20th from 5:30pm to 7:30pm (yes, that's tonight!) celebrate National Pollinator Week with us at our 3rd annual Bee Bash, in partnership with The Durham Hotel and Bee City USA. Get inspired by the busiest workers around as you check out an observation hive from the Durham Beekeepers Association and pollinator-friendly merch from The Durham Originals. Local beekeepers will be on hand to answer all your pressing pollinator questions and Honeygirl Meadery will be offering an insight into the world’s original boozy beverage. Plus, there will be plenty of honey-kissed cocktails and snacks from the bar. This event is FREE to enter, and family friendly!
Warmer weather's finally here... and school's out for the summer! You know what that means? Bee Downtown WEEKEND HIVE TOURS are back! They're kid friendly, so make sure to bring the whole family along. If you have a school group or troop of scouts, they do group discounts too. During the class, you will wear an official beekeeper’s suit, work the hives and sample fresh, local honey. As bees buzz all around, you will learn just how vital these insects are to our local and global ecosystem. Tours are 2 hours in length, $40/person.
On Thursday, June 21st from 9:30am to 5:30pm, experience a window into the life and home of Burt Shavitz, Burt’s Bees’ co-founder. The first 100 visitors will receive a Res-Q ointment, Burt’s favorite product. Though the cabin is located next to Burt's Bees Headquarters in the American Tobacco Campus, it is only open for tours a few times a year - don't miss this opportunity! 
We're excited to be a part of the Museum of Life + Science Pollinator Day Celebration! Come visit us Friday, June 22nd from 9am to 2pm and learn about learn about the important roles pollinators play in the survival of plants and people alike. Activities include garden kit raffles every hour from the Bayer Bee Care Center, lessons on how to spray your garden organically with the Durham County Master Gardeners, and the inside scoop on the the ins and outs of a honey bee habitat with the Bee Downtown observation hive. This event is free with museum admission, and suitable for all ages!
Our friends at the Durham Parks Foundation are helping us keep ALL Durham Parks beautiful. This summer, they’ll help activate a new area of West Point on the Eno Park, including a native prairie habitat designed to feed and help our native pollinators thrive.
The Environmental Education Pavilion will also create a new covered space for camps and educational programs, where kids can learn about the beauty in all types of ecosystems.
The project is being designed AND built in just 10 weeks by the NC State Summer Design Studio, under the expert tutelage of Ellen Cassilly Architect and BuildSense.

The Durham Central Park ten-week concert series, PLAYlist, continues this Friday, June 22nd from 6pm-8pm, and they are still in need of a few Waste Warriors to staff waste stations. You can enjoy the perks of being a volunteer (vouchers, free t-shirt, the good feeling that comes from starving landfills) AND get to listen to amazing music! Four volunteers are needed for two hour shifts every Friday night until August 10th. You can find more info about what is involved in being a Waste Warrior here.

Sign up by sending an email to or call 757-343-7326!
The 39th annual Festival for the Eno is coming up and the organizers need your help! Just three hours of your time (one shift) gets you into the festival for FREE that day (Wednesday July 4th or Saturday July 7th). They also need help setting up on Saturday June 30th. Opportunities during the festival include Waste Warrior stations, ticket booths, T-shirt sales, raffle booths, parking, food and drinks, photography, pottery, music recording, environmental education, facepainting, and supporting craft booths. There's something for everyone! Contact Volunteer Coordinator Carolee Helgesen directly at with any questions.
Our first ever Pollinator Garden Bike Tour was a huge success!  On Saturday June 9th, 50 riders got to experience 10 different hidden gems of pollinator activity right here in Durham, most within a couple miles of downtown!  With your help, we raised $500 to go toward Durham-focused pollinator advocacy projects.  Special thanks to Caroline Gilmore for taking some fabulous photos of the event, which you can view on our Flickr page. We'd also like to recognize Watt's Grocery, Harvest 18, Guglhupf, Honeygirl Meadery, LimeBike, and Burt's Bees for their generous contributions that made the event possible!  We hope you can join us next year, stay tuned!

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