Come Along for the Bee Journey!

Created in partnership with our friends at The Bee Cause Project, follow these clear steps and accompanying resources to support you on your bee education journey. Whether you’d like to eventually welcome live bees or not, these steps will set you up for a successful educational bee program!

Check out a full visualization of these steps in the How to Start + Grow Your Bee Program resource and learn more in our Bee Program Webinars.

Step 1: Build a Buzzworthy Foundation

Every Bee Program, like the hive, needs a strong foundation. We recommend beginning your bee journey with our adaptable lesson plans, activities, and curriculum – no hive needed.

Don’t know where to begin? Start your journey with the 6 Week Bee Unit.

Other great resources include:

Learn more during our previous Bee resources webinar - Recording here!

STEP 2: GROW YOUR BEE CLUB

No bee operates alone! A Bee Club provides structure to build support among your student and educator community, and to create an environment for those who want to learn more about bees! Bee Clubs are also known to develop habitat on campus, share buzzworthy updates at home, and learn how to develop beekeeping skills together. No live bees required!

See the “How to Build a Bee Club” guide for more details.

Learn more during our Bee Club webinar on November 19 at 9am PST/12pm EST – Register here!

STEP 3: CONNECT WITH YOUR COMMUNITY

It takes a hive! Connect with your community members such as 4-H agents, local beekeeper association members, and farmers for in-person visits and field trips. Their unique pollinator experiences add to how we are all connected by the bees. These opportunities are an excellent way to weave your larger parent and educator communities in to better understand this program.

Plus a core component of applying for a bee hive grant (see Step 4) is to have the involvement of a “Bee Mentor” or an experienced bee keeper who can support your hive in some way. Check out the Bee Mentor overview to understand what this looks like.

Learn more during our Community Engagement webinar on December 10 at 9am PST/12pm EST – Register here!

STEP 4: EXPANDING YOUR IMPRINT

Every hive needs a healthy habitat! Whether your Bee Club can improve campus conditions or work at a local garden, library, or park system, this is the time to apply what we’ve learned about helping the bees succeed! The “Bee a Friend to Pollinators” lesson plan is a great place to start as a class or Bee Club for establishing habitat.

STEP 5: WELCOME LIVE BEES!

Welcome live bees, part-time bees, or implement visits to a local apiary! Check out our grant program for support in setting up your hive program. Currently we are excepting renewal grant applications from past recipients and will provide support to brand new programs starting up again in 2021!

Connect with the Bee Experts

If you would like to keep the buzz going, reach out to our friends at The Bee Cause Project for other opportunities to build your bee program such as mentoring between upper and lower grade levels, partnering with a “sister program” to compare bees, or expanding your presence on campus. You can reach them at info@thebeecause.org.

Find all of these resources and more on The Bee Cause Project’s resources page.

Get The Inside Buzz!

In partnership with Whole Kids Foundation and The Bee Cause, we're bringing you a buzzworthy email newsletter to support your bee program with lessons, webinars and more!