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Martin Luther King Day of Service Cleanups in Durham – rain date

January 22

Join NCWF’s Bull City Trailblazers chapter, Keep Durham Beautiful and the Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association for a far-reaching cleanup event in Durham to improve wildlife habitat, and protect watersheds by removing litter from park grounds, creeks, and streets.

*** This event was originally scheduled for Monday, January 17,  but was rescheduled due to icy conditions.***

There will be several concurrent cleanup opportunities at 5 sites in the Durham area, and will meet at all locations at 1pm. Address and meeting instructions will be sent for the location you select. View the list of cleanup sites and register here!

The Bull City Trailblazers chapter of NCWF will be cleaning up at Elmira Avenue Park and along the intersection of the American Tobacco Trail and Fayetteville Street. This is a great opportunity to meet like-minded conservationists and get to know the Bull City Trailblazers chapter!

Volunteers for the cleanups will all park at Elmira Avenue Park. Please wear long pants and closed toed shoes (or waterproof boots) and bring your own water bottle if needed to help us reduce waste at our events. Come prepared to wear a mask as appropriate and remain socially-distant with those not in your household. Cleanup supplies will be provided including trash bags, litter grabbers, gloves, and high-visibility safety vests.

All litter collected will count towards the North Carolina Wildlife Federation’s Clean and Green initiative that plants one native tree or 10 pollinator plants for every 25 pounds of trash that is collected. Read more about NCWF’s Clean and Green impact and goals. This initiative is a cornerstone of the Bull City Trailblazers programming and we hope to plant many trees and pollinator plants in Durham with help from local volunteers and partners!

More about our partners for this event:

  • Bull City Trailblazers: One of 19 chapters of the NC Wildlife Federation, Durham’s Bull City Trailblazers are focused on conservation action and partnerships in the Bull City to clean its green spaces, hike its trails, and build butterfly gardens to increase stops along the Pollinator Highway. This wildlife chapter conducts activities in underserved communities, including public parks and schools, with the intent of engaging and amplifying diversity and equity in conservation. We believe the love of nature and conservancy are meant to be shared with every community member of Bull City.
  • Keep Durham Beautiful: A nonprofit engaging individuals and building partnerships in Durham to take greater responsibility for our community environment through litter prevention, waste reduction and community greening.”
  • Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association: A nonprofit working to restore a healthy, living creek that connects people and nature in Durham.


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