What a wonderful spring it’s been! As always, with each passing season, new experiences are had and exciting opportunities bloom. Allow us to share some of our most recent developments with you!
Pollinating Young Minds
The cornerstone of our work is teaching youth to be environmental stewards through the unique lens of the honey bee. Spring is one of the busiest times for us as far as teaching goes. Just this season we taught at 28 schools around the Greater Bay Area, teaching over 2,600 students through our educational programs, the Humble Honey Bee, the ZomBee Watch Project, and Adopt-A-Hive. As of this month, we are proud to share that we’ve taught over 17,600 students in schools! That’s a lot of environmental stewards. When summer rolls around we’ll be back at it again, teaching at camps and early care centers, and we can’t wait!
Swarming Around Town
Many community members will recognize us at educational fairs and community events by our bright turquoise tablecloths and dazzling observation hive. I must admit, we’re often quite a buzz! We love meeting the range of people who visit our booth, whether they’re asking important questions about bee population decline, playing one of our tabletop pollination games, or gazing at our live bees. Community events are great opportunities to spread the word about our work and share tips with anyone who wants to help make a difference.
We attended five awesome community events this spring, which included the UC Davis Bee Symposium, the Oakland Zoo Earth Day Festival, the Burroughs Family Farm 5K Benefit Run, the Clif Bar Service Fair and the California Honey Festival!
If you didn’t get a chance to catch us at an event this spring, check our community events calendar to see when we’ll be swarming to an area near you!
Bees, Bees, and More Bees!
In March we held our Great Annual Bee Sale, where we sold 115 packages of bees over three days all over the Bay Area! This is just one of the many ways we raise money in order to offer our educational programs to schools for little or no cost. The added bonus is that the more people that are keeping bees with bee-friendly and sustainable techniques, the stronger the overall bee population will be! If you're interested in becoming a beekeeper but aren't sure where to start, check out our beekeeping 101 page and check in with us at the beginning of next spring for your chance to get all the necessary equipment to have your own furry friends.
Sowing Seeds Across the Country
If you’re a regular reader of our blog, you may have read in our Special Earth Day post that we recently brought on some new and exciting Adopt-a-Hive partners! We’re thrilled to welcome, Stanford University, the Oakland Zoo, College Hill Learning Garden in partnership with Education Outside, and Hacienda Peralta to our ever-growing hive! They’ve all chosen to take on some beehives of their very own and we’re so happy to work with them.
In other news, we’re excited to announce that we will be piloting our educational programs in Washington, D.C! Thanks to the DC Beekeepers Alliance, Wangari Gardens, Best Kids, and DC Public Schools, Planet Bee Lessons will be presented to select schools in the D.C. area. This is just the start of our efforts to expand our reach beyond our local community.
You can help change the world, one bee and one student at a time by sponsoring a Planet Bee educational program for just $10 a student! Click here to make a donation today!
The future is exciting, and we’re happy to have you buzz with us!
Written by Zach Parlee
Planet Bee Educator, Staff Writer and Community Outreach