The Bee Awareness Society installs glass observation bee hives in local schools to provide teachers and students with a “live learning tool.” Along with an educational session, an observation bee hive in a classroom setting provides the inspiration for both creative arts and science learning.
2022 heralds the eighth year of the society’s activities. The initial, single hive, pilot project has grown exponentially; 35 requests for hives have been received from schools all over the Columbia Basin. The society has also put observation hives in the Frog Peak Café in Crescent Valley in order to expand the educational opportunities for those outside the K-12 school system.
• Responsible stewardship of a healthy environment
• Honey bee (Apis mellifera) biology
• The importance of pollination to the human food supply
• Impacts on bees of chemicals in the environment
• Diseases and threats currently faced by bee populations
This project brings people together from all over the region, including those from different ethnic backgrounds, socioeconomic status, age and ability. The project is maintained by a small group of keen volunteers who build hives, raise bees, and give presentations to classes. The overwhelming demand for these hives necessitates fundraising in order to keep the program growing. All cash donations, corporate sponsorships, material donations and in-kind labour are gratefully accepted. It is through education that the biggest impact can be made towards saving these amazing creatures.