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Keep Durham BEE-utiful June Newsletter

Durham Pollinator Garden Tour

Calling Pollenteers of all ages! Come one, come all to Durham's first Pollinator Garden Tour on June 24th! This one day, self-guided tour will take place during National Pollinator Week and showcase over fifteen different bee-u-tiful pollinator habitats throughout Durham.

Twelve of the participating gardens are located at local community gardens that help combat food insecurity throughout our community. These gardens are participants in Keep Durham Beautiful's Healthy Bee, Healthy Me Program that provides local community gardens with the plants, signs, and tools needed to establish pollinator habitat near their garden spaces, which in turn helps increase food yield.

Pollinators play a vital role providing for a third of the food we consume. Imagine a nice summer day without delicious berries, watermelon, summer squash or tomatoes! Come learn more about pollinators and how to plant native habitat for our bees, butterflies, and birds during this tour filled with fun pollinator-related activities and beautiful summer blossoms.

We cannot wait to see you there! Bring a friend (or a carload of friends).Tickets range from $8-$18 and are available online. For more information check our Durham Pollinator Garden Tour website or contact

Environmental Outreach & Volunteer Coordinator 

We are currently accepting applications for an Environmental Outreach & Volunteer Coordinator to join our team. This is a 10-month AmeriCorps position offered through the Conservation Trust for North Carolina. This full-time position runs September 6, 2017 through June 30, 2018. Learn more and apply here.
Applications are due by Friday, June 30th.

The Latest KDB News:

Bethesda Elementary Garden

Pollinator Garden Planting at Bethesda Elementary

Last month we went all-out to celebrate Mother’s Day, taking the time to appreciate our own mothers and mother earth. We cannot forget about the fathers and father figures in our lives! On June 21, we celebrate all the great dads on Father’s Day.

In honor of Father’s Day, we want to share our experience planting a garden with an amazing group of dads and their kids at Bethesda Elementary School. This group of fathers inspired us, watching them serve as role models in their children's lives while they volunteered their time to work alongside their kids to beautify the school grounds. 

[Read more about this project and view pics here]

Enlaces Recycling Video

Enlaces Recycling Video

Our work with the Enlaces students at Rogers-Herr Middle School culminated in April 2017. Together we developed a recycling video and participated in I Love Durham LimpioWe congratulate the Enlaces students who will be graduating from Rogers-Herr Middle School this June. Thank you for being stewards of the environment. 
Tire Recycling Drive

Tire Recycling Drive Encourages Residents to Clean Up

Keep Durham Beautiful held its second annual Tire Recycling Drive on Saturday May 6, 2017 in partnership with the City of Durham and Durham County. Twenty-one volunteers and staff worked together to collect 248 tires to be recycled that day. In combination with other spring cleanup events, almost 500 tires have been removed from the environment so far in 2017. Residents can take up to five tires at no charge to the City Waste Disposal & Recycling Center at 2115 E Club Boulevard, 919-560-4611.
Mount Merrill

Mount Merrill Wins Golden Leaf Award

Congratulations to Mount Merrill, the winner of the 2017 Golden Leaf Award in the Keep Durham Beautiful Category. Made possible through the work of countless volunteers, Mount Merrill is an interactive children's play area on the east side of Durham Central Park. It is a handicap accessible mound that offers two slides, a climbing net, a boulder climbing area, and lookout on top. Mount Merrill is named in memory of Merrill Davis of Stone Brothers & Byrd, who was a huge supporter of both Keep Durham Beautiful and Durham Central Park during his life. Stone Brothers & Byrd planted the trees and tends the grass.
Golf Classic

Keep Durham Beautiful Spring Golf Classic

Thanks to the players and sponsors who made our annual Spring Golf Classic last month such a success! We appreciate the generous support of our sponsors: Balfour Beatty Construction, Durham Bulls Baseball Club, Bojangles, Durham Convention Center, LeChase Construction, Northgate Associates, MBP, Comcast, US Foods, and Durham Coca-Cola Bottling Company. The event raised funds for our Community Grant Program, allowing us to award as many as six community beautification grants. The deadline for the next grant cycle is July 31 and we encourage Durham based community groups with litter prevention, community greening or waste reduction projects to apply!

Volunteer Spotlight

Volunteer Spotlight - Daniel
Volunteers are at the heart of everything we do at Keep Durham Beautiful, and we take every chance we can get to celebrate those who pitch in to make our community cleaner, greener, and more beautiful.

This month we highlight the amazing contribution of Daniel Dinkins who has volunteered for four events with KDB over the past five weeks and has been a consistently cheerful and radiant force energizing event participants and fellow volunteers alike. Hear Daniel describe his volunteer experience in his own words in this blog post.

Get Involved:

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities:
  • Saturday, June 24 (8:30 am-1:30 pm) Pollinator Garden Tour Volunteer- Help make the tour a success. Volunteer to lead environmental educational activities, help with registration, welcome tour participants, or assist with parking. All volunteers receive a free garden tour t-shirt and snacks.
  • Saturday, July 14 (8 am-10 am) Cigarette Litter Prevention- Help make Duke Hospital grounds a clean and beautiful space. Volunteer to remove cigarette butts with KDB and Duke Live for Life

Beautiful Things Happening In Durham

Pollinator Week 2017
Durham Celebrate National Pollinator Week - June 19-25
To find a list of local events, visit:
Beaver Queen Pageant
2017 Beaver Queen Pageant - June 3 @ 4PM | Duke Park
Support our friends at ECWA during the 2017 Beaver Queen Pageant. For more info: 
Food Truck Rodeo
Waste Wise Warrior Volunteer Opportunity 
Food Truck Rodeo - June 18 | Durham Central Park
Help food truck rodeo participants properly compost and recycle at the Father's Day Rodeo. This is a great opportunity to help keep our Durham events green by minimizing the waste that goes to the landfill. Sign up: or 919-794-8194
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