Who We Are, What We Do
The Bee Girl organization is a nonprofit with a mission to educate and inspire communities to conserve bees, their flowers, and our countryside. The organization, founded by Sarah Red-Laird, aims to conserve our bees by educating people, especially kids, on bees’ importance through our programs focused on community classes and events. We have also formed unique and important partnerships with universities, public land managers, and private companies to conduct bee heath and habitat research. The Bee Girl Organization engages with communities across the nation, and the globe, spreading knowledge and bringing a sense of wonder from the hive to the people.
We envision a future where kids frolic in pastures of flowers, buzzing with bees, alongside profitable family farmers and ranchers. Through our research projects and education programs we are regenerating soil, bees, and communities.
Our Worker Bees
Founder and Executive Director
Sarah is a graduate of the University of Montana's College of Forestry and Conservation with a degree in Resource Conservation, focused on community collaboration and environmental policy. Sarah also serves as the “Kids and Bees” program director for the American Beekeeping Federation. In addition, she is well into her tenure as the Western Apicultural Society’s 42nd president. To see her commitment to good policy and community collaborations realized, she also serves as president of the Northwest Farmers Union. When she is not tirelessly working with bees, beekeepers, kids, farmers and ranchers, and policy makers, Sarah loves to read historical fiction, work with rescued horses, ride her bike, hike in the hills, and see new places, things, and people.
Phylicia grew up in the Midwest and has always loved nature. A fond memory she has about bees is when she was little and was helping her dad, a park ranger, around the park when they discovered a tree had fallen across the road. They were going to cut the tree up to remove it, but discovered a nest of honeybees living inside. Phylicia’s dad called a local beekeeper to come and remove the bees. While the beekeeper was looking at the nest, he picked out a drone and placed it on Phylicia’s hand! The beekeeper assured her that she wouldn’t get stung! She was intrigued and fascinated with this amazing little insect! Little did she know 20 years later she would be working for Bee Girl!