Community Education

The MDBA’s Community Education Program is comprised of beekeepers and members of MDBA who volunteer to share their love and understanding of honey bees with the community. Utilizing photo posters, beekeeping tools and an Observation Hive, volunteers present at Science Fairs, community events and in classrooms. They talk to scouts, social/fraternal groups, garden clubs, and community groups.

The goal of the Community Education Program is to educate young children, youth, their parents and interested adults who seek knowledge about honey bees. Through education, MDBA members seek to:

  • Emphasize the importance of honey bees
  • Correct common misunderstandings
  • Reduce fears
  • Share members’ passion for honey bees
  • Serve as resources to the community

For children:  The MDBA volunteers teach a class about honey bees:  their life cycle; roles of the bees & life in the hive; pollination; stresses and pressures on bees; and ways to help bees.  Members bring color posters, an observation hive, beekeeping tools and artifacts, and honey-tasting. A typical class runs for 45 minutes but can be shortened depending on age and time available.

For adults:  The MDBA’s Speakers’ Bureau talks about life in the honey bee colony, what’s killing the bees, gardening tips/flower suggestions, and ways to help honey bees.  The presentation typically incorporates a PowerPoint presentation to illustrate the wonders of honey bees.

Community events, Science Fairs, Earth Day:  The MDBA volunteers present an observation hive that is used to highlight bee behavior and point out different stages of bee development. Flyers with honey bees’ preferred flowers and ways to make your garden attractive and safe for bees are offered.

 

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Request a Presentation

To inquire about a presentation or to schedule a class or event, please email vpcommunityed@diablobees.org.

Cost:  Depending on the type of presentation, the Community Education Program requests a donation to MDBA, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization.

Past Community Education Presentations & Events

MDBA COMMUNITY EDUCATION PRESENTATIONS – 2016

SCIENCE FAIRS
Alamo

  • Rancho Romero Elementary, Family Science Night Ecofair

Lafayette

  • Lafayette Elementary
  • Spring hill Elementary
  • Happy Valley Elementary
  • Burton Valley Elementary

Martinez

  • John Muir Elementary, Science Night

Moraga

  • Joaquin Moraga Intermediate

Orinda

  • Glorietta Elementary

Pleasant Hill

  • Pleasant Hill Elementary, Science Night

Walnut Creek

  • Buena Vista Elementary

 SCOUTS

  • Lafayette Cub Scouts troop
  • Clayton Girl Scouts, ‘Bee Hive Jive’ event
  • Boy/Girl Scout STEM event, Vallejo

COMMUNITY GROUP PRESENTATIONS

  • Clayton Valley/Concord Sunrise Rotary, ‘Bees & Beekeeping’
  • Rodgers Ranch/Sustainable Contra Costa,Beginning Beekeeping class
  • SIRs Clayton Valley,‘Bees & Beekeeping’
  • Rodgers Ranch Urban Farm Expo & Plant Sale
  • Rossmoor Earth Day Festival
  • Diablo Valley College, Earth Day Fair
  • Los Medanos Jr College, Earth Day Festival
  • Wild Birds Unlimited We, Love Mother Nature
  • Oakland Museum of CA, ‘Friday Nights’
  • Forest Home Farms, ‘All About Bees’ program
  • Bishop Ranch Business Park
  • Faith Lutheran Summer Camp
  • Whole Foods Market San Ramon, Nickels for Nonprofits

 SCHOOL-BASED CLASSES/HONEY BEE EDUCATION SESSIONS

  • Tice Creek Elementary, Concord
  • El Monte Elementary, Concord
  • St Stephen’s Preschool, Orinda
  • Baldwin Elementary School, Alamo
  • Parkmead Elementary, Walnut Creek
  • Our Place Preschool, Discovery bay
  • Indian Valley Elementary, Walnut Creek
  • Lafayette Nursery School, Science Day of Discovery
  • Joaquin Moraga Intermediate School, Moraga
  • The Meher School, Walnut Creek
  • Benicia Kindergarten
  • Murwood Elementary, Walnut Creek
  • Richmond College Prep Elementary, Richmond
  • Oakley Union Elementary School District, ‘Lunch & Learn’ program
  • Mohr Elementary, Pleasanton

 PUBLIC LIBRARY PRESENTATIONS

  • Walnut Creek library, Main Branch
  • Oakland Public Library, Elmhurst Branch