Beekeepers love to talk about bees, especially honey bees. It's a wonderful to see kids, people of all ages be amazed as they learn about the habits and activities of honeybees.

The club’s purpose is to support honey bee keeping in Montgomery County, MD. One of the ways the organization does this is by giving talks/presentations and exhibiting at local events. Club members have done presentation for preschoolers, reading picture books and identify bee parts (anatomy) on a big plastic bee. Montgomery County’s 5th grade science curriculum includes investigating an environmental issue for a local species, many schools choose CCD and the honeybee and have beekeepers come in to explain. Presentations to garden clubs and environmental clubs are especially fun to do as the audience is very eager to make changes that help the bees. We even hada club member field questions about bees after a live performance of the play “Humble Boy”.

 

 

MCBA beekeepers participate in numerous public demonstrations and events throughout the year. The largest of which is the Montgomery County Agricultural Fair held each August. The club brings an observation hive to Old MacDonald’s barn. You start the conversation by asking “Can you find the Queen?” (she is marked) and the questions flow from there.

 

 

The busiest time of the year for bee presentations is around Earth Day in April. This past April MCBA members manned booths at Ft. Mead’s Earth Day Celebration, the Master Gardener Grow It, Eat It Spring Open House and the GreenFest of Montgomery County. Individual presentations were done for Career Day at Germantown Elementary School, the Children in the Shoe preschool, the 5th graders of Ashburton Elementary school and at the Cashell Elementary School's Parent Teacher Association’s Community Fair. Weil, Gotshall & Manges LLP invited a beekeeper to do the lunch-lecture for their celebration of Earth Day. Discovery Day, hosted by the Discovery Channel in Silver Spring included a club beekeeper.

Summer camps are starting to request bee talks.

 

If you enjoy talking about bees…. join us! You can talk about honey – how is made and extracted; you could talk about the life of a bee and the activities of the hive; you can focus on ways to help the bees – which flowers to plant and whether to use pesticides.

The club has a PowerPoint presentation you can use. There are a posters and laminated pictures to share with a group. There are samples of pollen, propolis, and honeycomb to pass around. You can borrow the learning hive or take live bees in the observation hive. Email me at pphepp(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)aol.com and I will add you to the email list. You will start hearing of opportunities to share your interest and knowledge of bees with the community.

 

-Pam Hepp

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