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.