Our Community Education beekeeper educators share their love and understanding of honeybees with the community in a number of ways:

  • We teach honeybee lifecycle classes to children in public and private schools, to scouts, religious groups and youth in other venues.
  • We participate at Earth Day celebrations, school Science Fairs, Wildflower Festivals and related gatherings.
  • We offer a presentation about honeybees to garden clubs, social and fraternal groups and community associations.

Community Education programs educate young children and youth, parents and adults who are interested in learning about honeybees.  Through education, beekeeper educators seek to:

  • Emphasize the importance of honeybees
  • Correct common misunderstandings
  • Reduce fears via new understanding
  • Share our passion for honeybees
  • Serve as resources to our communities

Our fee for teaching a honeybee lifecycle class, participating at a Science Fair or Earth Day event, speaking to a garden club, social and/or fraternal organization is $50.00.  We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and are happy to provide a W-9 form and an invoice or receipt upon request.  Checks may be made payable to:  Mt Diablo Beekeepers Association (‘MDBA’), or you may pay online as directed below.

Request a Presentation

Classroom and child-focused presentations:

Note:  Due to high demand for these presentations, we ask that you submit your request at least 6 weeks prior to desired date.

Our Honeybee Lifecycle class begins with a presentation by the MDBA beekeeper educator.  Duration depends on the age of the students and grade level, and includes Q&A.  The class is then divided into four groups and each group rotates among stations set up in the room.  Each station is unique and illustrates an important aspect of the honeybee’s life. An observation hive and honey-tasting are included.

Generally, two beekeeper-educators teach the class.  We request the involvement of the classroom teacher and a teacher’s aide or parent volunteer when students rotate among the stations.

Because we bring so many beekeeping-related props, we are unable to move from classroom to classroom.  We require a single classroom, science room or multi-use room where we can set up and have the students come to us.  Please allow us 15 minutes to set up and 15 minutes to take down.

Our fee for teaching a honeybee lifecycle class, participating at a Science Fair or Earth Day event, speaking to a garden club, social and/or fraternal organization is $50.00.  We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and are happy to provide a W-9 form and an invoice or receipt upon request.  Checks may be made payable to:  Mt Diablo Beekeepers Association (‘MDBA’), or you may pay online as directed below.

To request this type of presentation, please click here.


School Science Fairs, Earth Day events, Community Festivals and Celebrations:

When participating at science fairs or Earth Day festivals, MDBA beekeeper educators bring an observation hive, beekeeping equipment, posters and handouts.  We engage the public, answer questions about honeybees and their life cycle, as well as pollination and honey production, why life is increasingly challenging for honeybees, and ways they can be helped.

Our fee for teaching a honeybee lifecycle class, participating at a Science Fair or Earth Day event, speaking to a garden club, social and/or fraternal organization is $50.00.  We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and are happy to provide a W-9 form and an invoice or receipt upon request.  Checks may be made payable to:  Mt Diablo Beekeepers Association (‘MDBA’), or you may pay online as directed below.

To request a Science Fair/Community Festival-type of presentation, please click here.


Adult Groups and Organizations (e.g. Garden Clubs, Sierra Club, Social and Fraternal Groups, etc.):

MDBA beekeeper educators offer a PowerPoint slide presentation to illustrate the honeybee’s life in the hive, nectar/pollen gathering, pressures and threats to honeybees, how to help bees, and planting flowers for a bee-friendly garden.  Depending on the interest of the group, we can display an observation hive, beekeeping equipment, posters, and handouts.  We typically bring our own A/V equipment but require a screen and a table or A/V cart.  An additional table is needed if honeybee artifacts are part of the presentation.

Our fee for teaching a honeybee lifecycle class, participating at a Science Fair or Earth Day event, speaking to a garden club, social and/or fraternal organization is $50.00.  We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and are happy to provide a W-9 form and an invoice or receipt upon request.  Checks may be made payable to:  Mt Diablo Beekeepers Association (‘MDBA’), or you may pay online as directed below.

To request a PowerPoint presentation, please click here.


Past Community Education Presentations & Events

MDBA COMMUNITY EDUCATION PRESENTATIONS

SCIENCE FAIRS
Alamo

  • Rancho Romero Elementary, Family Science Night Ecofair

Lafayette

  • Lafayette Elementary
  • Springhill 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

Pleasanton

  • Leo Croce Elementary

Walnut Creek

  • Buena Vista Elementary

 SCOUTS

  • Meridian Club Scout Camp, San Ramon
  • Muir District Scout Day Camp, Lafayette
  • Lafayette Cub Scouts troop
  • Clayton Girl Scouts, ‘Bee Hive Jive’ event
  • Boy/Girl Scout STEM event, Vallejo

COMMUNITY GROUP PRESENTATIONS

  • John Muir National Historic Site, Martinez, Earthday
  • Youth Ag Day, Solano County, Vallejo
  • Youth Ag Day, Castro Valley
  • Sunol Regional Park District, Wildflower Festival
  • Beaver Festival, Martinez
  • Community Gardens, Lafayette
  • Alviso Adobe, Pleasanton
  • UC Botanical Gardens, Family Bug Day
  • Lindsay Wildlife Museum, Bee Bop
  • Christ the Lord Church, Pinole, Animal Fest
  • Sloat Garden Center, Pleasant Hill
  • Sloat Garden Center, Danville
  • Sloat Garden Center, Concord
  • Walnut Creek Garden Club
  • East Bay Rose Society
  • East Bay Garden Club
  • Danville Senior Center
  • 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

  • Rancho Romero Elementary, Alamo
  • Monarch Charter School, Oakland
  • Amador Elementary, Dublin
  • Oakley Home School, Oakley
  • Knightsen Elementary, Knightsen
  • Camino Pablo Elementary, Moraga
  • Happy Valley Elementary, Lafayette
  • Pied Piper Preschool, Walnut Creek
  • Garden Day Preschool, Berkeley
  • Civic Park Preschool, Walnut Creek
  • 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 Libraries, Elmhurst Branch