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Your Green Guide to Durham

Durham offers lots of fun and environmentally conscious ways to explore its urban areas and natural parklands. Here are 5 sustainable activities to add to your Durham itinerary.

Posted By Discover Durham Staff on Aug 16, 2016

1. Tour Bee Downtown’s urban apiaries

Bee Durham raises bees in rooftop hives in the heart of Downtown Durham. The company doesn’t just harvest honey – Bee Durham educates the public about the importance of bees and builds healthy honey bee communities that are integral to the environment.

Register for a two-hour tour on Bee Durham’s website. You’ll get to visit the apiaries at the American Tobacco Campus, the Burt’s Bees observatory, and participate in a hands-on class. The $40 cost of attendance includes a jar of Bee Downtown honey.

2. Get creative at the Scrap Exchange

Durham’s creative reuse arts center, The Scrap Exchange, collects materials from Durham businesses and residents, then uses the reclaimed materials in a variety of programming.

Along with a retail store and art gallery, The Scrap Exchange offers two community maker spaces. Enjoy self-directed creativity in the Make N Take Room for only $5, or complete an orientation so you can use the Design Center, which offers sewing machines, a die-cut machine, button maker, and t-shirt press.

3. Attend Tree Camp or go “wafting”

Learn more about Durham’s neighborhoods, parks, and waterways by attending Tree Camp or “wafting” down the Eno River. Naturalist and Durham-native Riverdave Owen can take your group on an outdoor adventure while teaching you about Durham’s natural features.

Tree Camp sessions are listed on Riverdave’s website and sessions cover the urban forests of Durham’s historic neighborhoods as well as courses on engaging the energies of trees in Durham parks. Most Tree Camp sessions cost $20.

Riverdave can also take groups of up to five people on a river trip in inflatable tandem kayaks. This is an opportunity to discover wildlife and examine river flora. The two-hour trip costs $50 per person.

4. Learn more about green transportation alternatives

Did you know that Durham is home to Organic Transit? This Bull City company makes the Elf, a solar and pedal-powered vehicle, right here in Downtown Durham. With zero emissions, top speeds of 30 MPH, and a 750 watt electric motor, the Elf can be an eco-friendly vehicle alternative for many people.

Stop by the Organic Transit showroom to learn more, and even take the Elf for a test drive!

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5. Chow down on local food

Treat yourself to the good stuff locally grown produce, hormone-free meats, artisanal cheeses, and more! Durham has three, year-round farmers' markets. Hours are dependent on the season, so check their websites for details:

Support local farmers and artisans while enjoying high quality food products that you won't be able to get enough of!

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What are your environmentally conscious tips and tricks for exploring the Bull City?

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