Kids and Bees

As is the case with many educators who love honeybees, one of Sarah’s main goals in her work is to dispel fear surrounding bees. She sees her youngest students as the key to reversing this social fear. “That is why I do what I do,” she says, “to inspire a sense of fascination, wonder, and love at a young age, that I hope turns to understanding or even advocacy as these kids grow into our leaders of tomorrow.” She also sees the need for our society to educate a generation of citizens that understand the complexity of our modern food system and question its flaws. When asked why pollinator education is so important, she answered, “If you can capture the heart and imagination of a child, and release the sweetness and light of the honeybee in them- they will never forget it. By saving the bee, they will save our world.”

-Clearing Magazine, Oct. 2013

























What is the "Kids and Bees" Program?  
The mission of the Kids and Bees program is to educate the next generation of citizens on the importance of bees and inspire them to take part in the bees' preservation.  
The Kids and Bees program was started as a partnership over 20 years ago by "Bee Lady" Kim Lehman, the American Beekeeping Federation, and the Foundation for the Preservation of The Honey Bee.  The mission was to create a program open to kids in the community where the North American Beekeeping Conference and Tradeshow is held on an annual basis.  Kim did an amazing job bringing bee love to kids in Florida, California, her home state of Texas, and everywhere in-between!     
Sarah Red-Laird, "Bee Girl", humbly became the new director of the ABF Kids and Bees program in 2012.  She continues to run an event for kids at each national conference, and has also expanded the program to reach as many kids as possible across North America.  Through her partnership with the Foundation for the Preservation of Honey Bees, she as been able to bring kids programs to the Eastern and Western Beekeeping Society Conferences.  These are always open to the public, so please don't hesitate to contact us for more information.
Bee Girl also offers a traveling Kids and Bees program.  She visits students pre-k through 12th grade with a engaging and fun program, complete with a bee lesson, an observational bee hive (weather permitting), and hands-on activites for the kids.  Bee Girl can tailor her program to any level for groups of kids from 10 to 500 and more.  Check out this video from a Kids and Bees program in Metarie, LA.  
If you are an educator, administrator or marketing director interested in having a "Kids and Bees" program at your school or event, email or call (541) 708-1127 for scheduling and cost information. 
Why is it important? 
Our bees provide one out of every three bits of food that we eat.  No bees, no food, no us.  It's also a commonly known fact that our bees are in trouble.  Annual losses of honey bee colonies are in the tens of thousands.  We are losing our bees at unsustainable rates.  It will be up to the next generation to not only understand their importance, but to take action in their conservation.  Bee Girl's Kids and Bees program both teaches kids, in a positive and engaging way, why our bees are essential to everyday life and how they can be honey bee heroes.  
How can I participate? 

Upcoming Events and Programs

Featured Event                                 


2016 EAS Beekeeping Academy


The Beekeeping Academy is a one day camp for up to twelve kids going into grades four through six. Students will spend their day in a fun and educational immersion into the world of the bee. During the morning hours, we will take an in-depth look into bee anatomy, biology, and sociology, and their vital role in our food system. The afternoon will be spent up close and personal with honey bee hives and native bee observations. Throughout the day students will learn about present challenges bees face, and how they can be part of the solution in the bee’s survival.


Exact drop off and pick up location will be send to students the week before the academy.


The camp will run on Thursday, July 28th from 9:00am to 3:00pm at Stockton University in New Jersey. Students can register at The 2016 Bee Academy is a collaboration between the Eastern Apicultural Society, the Foundation for the Preservation of Bees, Stockton University, and Bee Girl.


Tuition for the academy is $60 per student.


Register here
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Check out our past events here.
More Events for Kids and Families   
April 23rd: Rogue Valley Earth Day / SOU Center for Sustainability "Tour de Hives", Ashland, OR

April 30th: Siskiyou Challenge, Ashland, OR


May 5th - 6th: Jackson Co. 4H Ag in the Classroom


May 15th: Powerful Pollinators Hike, Table Rock, OR


June 27th - July 1st: Buzz About Bees ScienceWorks Camp, Ashland, OR


July 13th - 15th: Beekeeping Academy, Sweet Virginia Foundation, Reston, VA


July 27th: Kids and Bees "Fly-in" Program, Stockton University, NJ 


July 28th: EAS Beekeeping Academy, Stockton University, NJ 


August: Southern Oregon Beekeeping Academy (dates and registration coming soon)



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