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Kids and Bees

Activities and information for the next generation of beekeepers!

Kids and Bees Program

The American Beekeeping Federation “Kids and Bees” Program’s mission is to educate the next generation of citizens on the importance of bees and inspire them to take part in the bees' preservation. This program was developed by the “Bee Lady” Kim Lehman in the early 1990’s. Kim is a storyteller, beekeeper, artist, and brilliant educator. She was able to develop curriculum that brought beekeeping and bee love across the country, many times over, in the nearly twenty years that she facilitated the program.

In 2012, the Bee Lady transitioned the program to the “Bee Girl,” Sarah Red-Laird. Sarah is the executive director of the Bee Girl organization, which runs six programs focused on beekeeping education and honey bee conservation. Sarah’s passion and enthusiasm for teaching kids about bees has helped the program grow to feature kids’ events not only at the annual American Beekeeping Federation Conference & Tradeshow, but also the Western and Eastern Apicultural Society conferences. She is also working to develop curriculum to share with beekeepers interested in teaching kids about bees. Another goal of Sarah’s is to create connections between bee education, sustainable agriculture and planting for pollinators. To stay connected with the Kids and Bees program, and in the know about our upcoming events and programs, follow us on Twitter @kidsandbees and Facebook.

Keep in touch for more news on the upcoming Kids and Bees curriculum, and mark your calendars for the following Kids and Bees program: 

  • May 15-19: Bee Week, The Farm at Southern Oregon University, Ashland, OR, registration and more information: https://www.facebook.com/events/211112702654120
  • July 16-20: ScienceWorks “Buzz About Bees” Hands-on Science Camp, Ashland, OR.
  • July (exact dates TBA): Kids and Bees Beekeeping Academy at the Sweet Virginia Foundation, Nokesville, VA.
  • August 2: Eastern Apicultural Society “Train the Trainer” workshop, Kids and Bees: Creating a Sustainable Beekeeping Culture, Newark, DE. Partnership with Delaware School for the Deaf. http://easternapiculture.org/
  • August 3: Eastern Apicultural Society Kids and Bees Beekeeping Academy, Newark, DE. https://2017easbeekeepingacademy.eventbrite.com
  • September 5: Western Apicultural Society Kids and Bees Program at the Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven, Davis, CA. 

If you are an educator, administrator or marketing director interested in having a "Kids and Bees" program at your school or event, email Sarah Red-Laird or call (541) 708-1127 for scheduling and cost information.


Bee Girl's Favorite Bee Books for Kids:

Flight of the Honey Bee, by Raymond Huber
Follow the flight of a honey bee as she searches for nectar to sustain her hive and, along the way, pollinates flowers to produce seeds and fruits. A tiny honey bee emerges from the hive for the first time. Using sunlight, landmarks, and scents to remember the path, she goes in search of pollen and nectar to share with the thousands of other bees in her hive. She uses her powerful sense of smell to locate the flowers that sustain her, avoids birds that might eat her, and returns home to share her finds with her many sisters. Nature lovers and scientists-to-be are invited to explore the fascinating life of a honey bee. Back matter includes information about protecting bees and an index. $6.99, Amazon.com

Are You a Bee? by Judy Allen
Backyard Books: Are You a Bee? by Judy Allen with illustrations by Tudor Humphries shows that--from the perspective of a honeybee--the backyard is a busy place. A young bee faces many challenges as it takes its place in the hive and joins in the work of the bee community. $6.25, Amazon.com

The Beeman, by Laurie Krebs (Note: Dr. Dewey Caron consulted on this book)
Told from the viewpoint of a child whose Grandpa is a beekeeper, this rhyming text offers an accessible and engaging introduction to the behavior of bees. You will learn where they live, how honey is made, what a beekeeper does, and more. Now in paperback! $8.99, Amazon.com

In the Trees, Honey Bees! By Lori Mortensen
Here is the ideal introduction for preschoolers and early elementary children to insects that are not only amazing but also critically important to humans. Inside-the-hive views of a wild colony of honey bees offer close-ups of the queen, the cells, even bee eggs. Simple verse will engage a young child, while sidebars with fascinating information satisfy the somewhat older child. Parents, teachers, and interested children will enjoy much more information about both wild and domestic hives in the back of the book. The detailed art shimmers with life, highlighting each hair or grain of pollen on the bees. A wild hive in a tree in her own backyard served as a model for the artist! $7.50, Amazon.com

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