Have you heard about the bees dying and wondered what you can do to help?

Let us bring a beehive to your school campus!

Program Description:

Planet Bee educators will provide lessons for students at the hive and students will be able to suit up, see live honey bees in action, and even open the hive to investigate frames of bees (with proper protective gear of course)! We even lead a honey-spinning in the fall, one of the sweetest rewards to working with honey bees. Our beekeepers will maintain the hive for the duration of the 2-year program, with the opportunity for staff, students and community members to shadow and learn the trade, so the school community can take full ownership of the colony once the program is over.

Our Adopt-A-Hive Program integrates our Humble Honey Bee lesson and age appropriate, hands-on activities into your school’s curriculum, all centered around the campus hive.

In 2012, the Environmental Defense Fund recommended our Adopt-A-Hive Program in their summer issue.

Please see our Beekeeping 101 page to quickly learn the basics of what it’s like to care for a beehive.

All of our lessons are in line with the Next Generation Science Standards and rooted in the philosophy of E-STEM learning. Adopt-a-Hive meets the following NGSS standards:

  • K-LS1-1. Use observations to describe patterns of what plants and animals (including humans) need to survive.

  • K-ESS3-1. Use a model to represent the relationship between the needs of different plants and animals (including humans) and the places they live.

  • 2-LS2-2. Develop a simple model that mimics the function of an animal in dispersing seeds or pollinating plants.

  • 3-LS1-1. Develop models to describe that organisms have unique and diverse life cycles but all have in common birth, growth, reproduction, and death.

  • 3-LS2-1. Construct an argument that some animals form groups that help members survive.

  • 4-LS1-1. Construct an argument that plants and animals have internal and external structures that function to support survival, growth, behavior, and reproduction.

  • MS-ESS3-3. Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment.

  • HS-LS2-8. Evaluate evidence for the role of group behavior on individual and species’ chances to survive and reproduce.

We've created a source doc for educators to cut and paste from if applying to grants through their school's PTA or other outside organizations. Click here to download it!

We are deeply committed to environmental justice and therefore offer sliding scale fees. Need-based scholarships are also available, courtesy of our sponsors and partners.

For questions or to inquire about bringing a hive to your school, please email our Program Director, Sarah, at programs@planetbee.org