Youth Education

Youth Education

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Learning; is the process of acquiring new understanding, knowledge, behaviors, skills, values, attitudes, and preferences.

Apiculture; is the scientific method of raising/ rearing honey bees and/ or the maintenance of bee colonies, commonly in man-made hives, by humans. A beekeeper keeps bees in order to collect their honey and other products that the hive produces, (including beeswax, propolis, flower pollen, bee pollen, and royal jelly), to pollinate crops, or to produce bees for sale to other beekeepers. A location where bees are kept is called an apiary or ‘bee yard’.

As we learn and grow our experiences as a student of Apiculture, we also offer these lessons to others interested in honey bees and beekeeping, as a student, teacher, instructor, and mentor, growing our community of responsible beekeepers and improving awareness to towards bees.

Little Sprouts, Revelstoke Local Food Initiative

The Little Sprouts Preschool Program teaches children aged 3-4 about where their food comes from and gives them a chance to get their hands dirty in their plot at the Downtown Community Garden. Garden parties throughout the summer build on their school visit by discovering a variety of garden topics such as pollination, herbs, compost and harvesting. The program culminates with the sale of their produce on a farmer’s market day. The program is free to participants and any funds raised are used to cover expenses of the program.

For more information, please email littlesprouts@revelstokelocalfood.com.

Wild-In-Sight Summer Camp

Formerly Jr. Naturalist Program

Wild-In-Sight Summer Camp

Formerly Jr. Naturalist Program

Wild In-Sight Summer Camp, Wild Sight Revelstoke, Previously (North Columbia Environmental Society)

The Wild In-Sight Summer Camp is a chance for children aged 5 – 10 to get outside & explore, be active, make new friends and have fun in the outdoors! Activities include (but are not limited to) nature exploration, games, visits to the river and other local ecological areas, and crafts. Participants spend most of the day outside and are encouraged to explore their natural curiosity for the environment. Wild In-Sight Summer Camps normally offers camps in June, July and August each year.

For registration inquiries and general administration, please contact revelstoke@wildsight.ca

For program specific inquiries, please contact revelstoke@wildsight.ca

Intro to honey bees, pollination, and beekeepingColumbia Basin Environmental Education Network (CBEEN) Wild Voices Program

Wild Voices is a unique program in the Basin as it enables local specialists to develop programs connected to the local environment and tailored to their area of expertise and passion.

This interactive program looks at the role of the beekeeper, as well as the role honey bees have in our food production through pollination. Students have an opportunity to be hands on with bee hive equipment, to suit up and look inside the hive, to hold a frame of honey bees, to identify the different types of bees in a hive, and to sample raw honey. Presentations are customized to the average age of the group for content and duration.

The field study option will take place in an educational bee yard (spring/summer), while the classroom program will include an observation hive (autumn/winter).

For the 2021-2022 school year we have a COVID-19 policy in place.  Teachers booking programs are expected to read this plan in advance of their program to understand our policies and practices around offering programs this year.  Questions about the policy may be directed to the Wild Voices Program Manager at wildvoices@cbeen.org

** We are pleased to have partnered with the CBEEN Wild Voices program, extending the opportunity for our community youth to participate in learning about honey bees and pollinators through this educational program that works closely with the surrounding school districts. If you are an educator in SD 19, SD 10, SD 5, or an independent school, interested in sharing this learning opportunity please do not hesitate to connect with us (info@beekindhoneybees.com) or with the CBEEN Wild Voices Coordinators (wildvoices@cbeen.org) or register online for this program (Register here).

Youth Education Questions

No. We volunteer our time to educate our local youth in the fascinating world of honey bees, offering a safe, easy to understand, interactive, learning experiences for everyone.

Yes, we have a limited supply of kids and adult beekeeping suits and gloves to keep you safe and protected while learning about honey bees.

During COVID, we only permit one use per education session, and do not allow sharing of suits in an education session.

Our youth honey bee education sessions are focused around outdoor learning at our educational bee yard.

If you would like to request an indoor session, we can bring the bees to you in a portable observation hive, upon special request. Please let us know what you have in mind so we can prepare a presentation to suit your needs.

Unfortunately our educational bee yard has limited access, challenging accessibility to physical special needs. Please contact us to see if/ how we can work with your interests.

We're happy to work with small groups of 1-3 people, and have met with full classrooms of 20+ kids transported by school bus.

Our interactive presentations include learning about the lives of honey bees from outside the bee yard, and taking a look inside the beehive.

During COVID we have a limited supply of all ages bee suits available to visit inside the bee hive. For those unable to participate inside the beehive, we explain to the rest of the group what we're observing within the beehive. Otherwise, we can accommodate most group sizes.