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Durham Pollinator Garden Tour Recap

 
From novice gardeners to experts able to identify the taxonomy of visiting bees and butterflies down to the species, the garden tour was completely abuzz with more than 60 participants in this Durham-wide event that took place during National Pollinator Week. This tour was the first of its kind in the Durham area, spotlighting lovely gardeners who are passionate about both their gardens and the health of pollinators they attract such as bees, butterflies, and birds.

In addition to looking at the beautiful brightly colored flowers attracting buzzing bees, there were chances to taste honey, plant milkweed, and even make a pair of antenna! "The tour was incredible," one resident who attended the tour says. "We loved learning more about our community." This learning also extended to guessing different pollinator plants or posing with wood cut outs of your favorite pollinator.

The weather was beautiful and, even more importantly, the ticket sales were able to raise funds to continue the Healthy Bee, Healthy Me program.

For those of you that joined us, thank you for taking time to learn about community, each other, and the environment around you all whilst donating to an amazing cause. You made each gardener's day through taking time to look at their hard work and we can't wait to have this kind of event again. Thank you for those who attended, our volunteers, and our sponsors including Burt's Bees Greater Good Foundation and the Triangle Community Foundation. For our sponsors, your unwavering support allowed us the privilege to host this event so thank you again.

To see pictures from the event, visit our Flickr album, 2017 Durham Pollinator Garden Tour 
 
Thank you!

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Cigarette Litter Prevention - July 14

Did you know cigarette butts are the most littered item in the US?  Help clean up this commonly littered item that harms our local waterways and raise awareness about keeping the Bull City Butt Free. 
 
Join us for a Cigarette Litter Prevention workday on Friday, July 14 (8 am-10 am). Co-hosted by Duke Live for Life and Keep Durham Beautiful, this event celebrates the 10th anniversary of Duke Health being tobacco-free.
 

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Duke Faculty Club Leader in Training Summer Camp 

Teaching children the importance of land stewardship starts early. We enjoyed spending a day with campers from the Leader in Training Summer Camp while also spending time in nature. They learned the importance of volunteering, about the Urban Water Cycle, and hiked 3 miles along the Al Buehler trail removing 20 lbs of recycling & 20 lbs of waste!

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Youth Summer Service Week

We had the privilege of working with 26 high school students participating in the Youth Summer Service Week with the The Triangle Nonprofit Volunteer and Leadership Center last month. These hard working youth helped prepare the garden spaces at  Lowes Grove Middle School and Sandy Creek Park for the Durham Pollinator Garden Tour that took place that Saturday! Students helped by mulching garden beds, weeding, learning about the pollinator plants, and removing tires from the area! 
 
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