Durham Parks and Recreation offers a wide range of quality programs, parks, and facilities that encourage all community members to participate in healthy, fun, and enriching activities. Together, with the residents of Durham, we celebrate the essential role public recreation plays in fostering a cohesive and vibrant community.
DPR Programs & Registration
Durham Day Celebration
A Community Celebration of Durham!
-Free Community BBQ
-Live Music by Sunday Ave
-Kayak Tours with Seven Rivers Paddling
-Informational booths from community organizations
And more to enjoy!!
Please contact Durham Parks and Recreation to set up at table/booth or activity.
Event Rain Date: Sunday, September 23rd
Downtown Trick or Treat
Celebrate Durham Trails
Want to experience some of Durham’s newest and oldest trails in new ways? The Durham Land Stewardship Committee invites everyone to a special celebration that includes exploration of trails at both Oyster River Forest and Doe Farm. Participation is FREE, rain or shine!
Trails Day Details
Oyster River Forest
9:00 am:Welcome, Donor Thank You, and Breakfast snacks.
9:10 am- 11:30am:Local psychologist Sheila Gardner will introduce participants to the practice of “forest bathing,” a term/concept first used by the Japanese Forest Society in 1982 - “shinrin-yoku” - and recently highlighted in the press for supportive research on its benefits. Following a brief conversation about the history and demonstrated health benefits, we will enter the trail with a new mindset and experience what a walk in the woods is like when done differently.
11:45am-12:30pm:Optional Picnic Lunch at Oyster River Forest (Bring Your Own Lunch)
1:00pm-3:30pm:Durham Land Stewardship Coordinator Ellen Snyder will lead the group on an interpretive guided trek through the trails of Doe Farm and educating the group on the history of the property and the exciting plans for trail improvements on this special property.
Directions to Oyster River Forest
From Route 155A (Mast Road) turn onto Packer's Falls Road. Follow Packer's Falls Road 1.1 miles. The parking area will be at the corner of Mill Road and Packers Falls Rd. at the ORF entrance sign and kiosk.
From downtown Durham, take Mill Road all the way to the end (approximately 2.5 miles). Turn right onto Packers Falls Road. Almost immediately you will see The parking area will be at the corner of Mill Road and Packers Falls Rd. at the ORF entrance sign and kiosk.
Directions to Doe Farm
The 87-acre Doe Farm conservation area is reached by heading 1.5 miles south of downtown Durham on Route 108, then heading one mile west on Bennett Road. Parking for the property is found in a gravel lot the south side of Bennett Road, just east of the railroad crossing.
· Bug Spray
· Clothing for the forecasted weather
· A lunch if staying for the picnic lunch
· Small backpack
· Sturdy footwear
· Binoculars (optional)
· Hat (optional)