Our Environmental Stewardship Program will soon be Planet Bee Foundation!
Our philanthropic educational program for schools and non profits is very unique. We aim to help organizations embody a holistic approach to educating people by weaving together organizations, community, an interdisciplinary curriculum, social awareness, environmental stewardship and entrepreneurship through fundraising. We individually design a program to fit your needs and offer a variety of activities which can be mixed and matched. This list is only a sample of what we offer:
Planet Bee Website www.planetbee.org, is under construction.
Assemblies/Classroom Presentations can include:
- Observation hive to get a close up look at bees
- Power Point presentation
- Beekeeping equipment for hands on fun
- Honeycomb and wax to touch and feel
- Honey harvesting and jarring your own raw honey
- We will include a variety of educational material such as posters and hand outs for students
Lessons for Students
Our program director, Debra Tomaszewski, former teacher and professor, will work individually with your classroom or science teacher to help them incorporate beekeeping into their curriculum/lessons. We have a wide variety of resources available.
Apprentice Program for Parents,
Teachers and/or Students
We train apprentices to care for bee hives through a shadow program, which teaches the apprentice all aspects of care for a one year cycle. The tasks include installing bees, feeding and maintaining the hive, harvesting honey, checking the health of the hive and looking for disease.
Installing and Setting up
the Bee Hive
Bee hive installation can occur on a special day or as a special event. A weekend might be a perfect time to offer a voluntary opportunity for parents and students to witness how a bee hive is set
up and started.
Honey Harvest Workshop
Spinning honey occurs twice a year if the hive is strong, usually in June and September. Honey spinning workshops can be part of a larger celebration, like a school wide fair or event to kick off the year, or to end the year with something special. The honey can be jarred and sold as a fundraiser. Most hives will produce 40-50 pounds of honey per super (a beehive used to collect honey). Usually 2 supers can be placed in each hive, sometimes more if the nectar is flowing and the bees are strong. If there are 2 hives at your location, they can produce up to 200 pounds of honey per harvest. That’s about 350- 400, 8 oz jars of honey.
Become Part of a Research Project
We are always on the look out to be involved with cutting edge research to study the habits of bees and to help solve the mystery behind sudden Colony Collapse Disorder. We are currently teaming up with NASA and Google in the Honey BeeNet Study aimed at understanding the timing of plant and animal life cycle events (phenology) in the world.
Please contact us or call Debra Tomaszewski, Program Director, at 415-235-8959
to become part of our philanthropic environmental stewardship program.
We offer educational programs for schools and non-profits at low or no-cost.