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Creating a Sustainable Urban Wildlife Habitat for the Birds, Bees, and Butterflies

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October 17, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:30 pm on Wednesday, repeating until October 24, 2018

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Helen Yoest, Director, Bee Better

Wednesdays, October 3 through 24, 2018 – 6:30 pm–8:30 pm

Helen Yoest, executive director of Bee Better, an area nonprofit helping homeowners build better backyards for birds, bees, and butterflies, will once again hold the popular Creating a Sustainable Urban Wildlife Habitat course, teaching about our area birds, bees, and butterflies.

The focus on this course is to educate homeowners on the importance of sustainable, organic, and waterwise garden design, with a focus on native plants for resident and migrating birds, bees, and butterflies.


October 3 – Sustainability and Migratory Birds

We will not only go into detail about our area and migratory birds—nest composition and location, number of eggs, number of fledges, and habits— but the plants to grow to sustain their habitats.

October 10 – Resident Birds

We will cover the same format for resident birds as we will migratory birds.

October 17 – Butterflies and Bees

We will cover the same format for butterflies with life cycles, host plants, nectar plants, and general habitat requirements. And again for both the European honey bee and native bees, with more emphasis on our native bees.

October 24 – Visit the Bee Better Teaching Garden

A visit to the Bee Better Teaching Garden at the home of Helen Yoest.

About Helen Yoest

Helen Yoest, is a lifelong nature lover and outdoor enthusiast. Helen has devoted her entire life to working towards bettering the environment. Helen ‘s focus is through good stewardship—”It’s not just about pollinators, but an entire ecosystem to benefit the soil, air, water, and of course, birds, bees, butterflies.”

Helen Yoest holds a B.S. and M.S. in environmental science and engineering. An award winning garden journalists, three-time book author, with hundreds of published print features in national gardening and lifestyle magazines.


$100.00 for members, $125.00 for nonmembers.


Advance registration is required. Online registration opens soon. Until then, please contact Chris Glenn at (919) 513-7005 to be placed on the wait list to be notified that registration has opened. Registration is limited to 24 people and is considered complete when payment is received.


Program cancellations can be made up to two weeks before the program’s start date. A 15% cancellation fee applies.


October 17, 2018
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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JC Raulston Arboretum, Ruby McSwain Education Center
4415 Beryl Road
Raleigh, NC 27606 United States

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