As a beekeeper it has become a true pleasure to share my experience and knowledge with others and there is no better way to do this than in a classroom full of kids of all ages. Bees and beekeeping have been around for a long time and it’s only now that people are starting to understand the true importance of the bees in our environment.
Many schools have a garden or kitchen program for their students and the bees make a perfect connection for students to see the important role of bees and other pollinators in the garden and general environment.
The class session normally runs an hour with an allowance of 10 to 15 minutes for setup and pack up. I bring along an Observation Hive where students can get up close to see bees inside the portable beehive. This uniquely designed hive has special double glazed 5mm safety glass on each side and provides an excellent way to see what happens inside a beehive in complete safety.
There is a fee of $200 to cover my costs of presenting to the class and this must be paid a minimum of 7 days prior to the session taking place.
Below are a few pictures of presenting at a local school. You can see how keen the students are to interact! I am able to provide a full outline of the class presentation for teachers to work with and this can be adjusted to fit with special programs such as the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation (www.kitchengardenfoundation.org.au) as an example.
I also have a current Working With Children card.