Foundation for the Preservation of Honey Bees
Early in 2014 I was appointed US Ambassador of the International Bee Research Association’s BEEWORLD Project. Aside from program development, and ongoing communication with world headquarters in Wales, UK, my primary duty of this appointment is to connect kids in the US to kids abroad through the fantastic world of bees and beekeeping!
Are you a teacher, camp leader, 4-H mentor, homeschool parent, or any kind of kid’s program facilitator? Then join BEEWORLD! Register here to download a free “Education Pack” e-book (US version coming soon). Then share your BeeWord through this link. Post a description and pictures of your classroom, organization, project, etc., and explore the other “beecentric” projects around the world. It’s totally open source, so feel free to use the ideas that you find, and reach out to the other educators on the map! Coming soon will be a live feed on this page to post ideas and stories to share. While you are on the site, check out the blog. Myself and other ambassadors will be posting regularly!
This coming January, the American Beekeeping Federation will be holding their annual conference and tradeshow the 6th-10th, at The Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California. The ABF Conference and Tradeshow gives hundreds of beekeepers the opportunity to converge in one place and learn the latest information from the honey bee research front, take part in hands-on workshops, and coronate a new American Honey Queen and Princess. There will also be an opportunity for the public to participate.
On Friday, January 9th from 9:00-Noon, elementary-aged kids are welcomed to The Disneyland Resort to participate in the “Kids and Bees” program. This no-charge event has been a tradition with the ABF conference for over 20 years, and is a “don’t miss” opportunity for school groups, home schooled kids, scouts, and clubs. Kids and their teachers or parents can expect a room full of hands-on activities under the themes of, “The Art of Beekeeping,” “The Science of Beekeeping,” “The World of Beekeeping,” and “The Future of Bees: It’s Up to You!” Favorites such as beeswax candle rolling, bee finger puppet making, and hive displays will be there. The highlights this year will be face painting, a photo booth with costumes, and an ultraviolet “Bee View” demonstration. Students will make their way through each station, engaging with beekeepers and Honey Queens from around the US, and activities that will harness their senses and imaginations
For more information, to volunteer, or to register your children or students for the January 9th no-cost program, please contact Kids and Bees Program Director, Sarah Red-Laird, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 541-708-1127. Join our Facebook event page here.
11.12 // Kids and Bees Program, Ruch, Oregon
10.24 // Kids and Bees Presentation with the 2014 American Honey Queen, Ruch, Oregon
10.17 // Kids and Bees Program, Grants Pass, Oregon