Description: The Beekeeping Academy is a three day camp for up to twelve kids going into grades four through six. Students will spend their days in a fun and educational immersion into the world of the bee. We will take an in-depth look into bee anatomy, biology, and sociology, and their vital role in our food system. We will also spend time up close and personal with honey bee hives and native bee observations. Campers will taste honey fresh from the hive, create their own native bee habitat to take home, as well as bring home seeds to start their own “bee garden.” Throughout the camp students will learn about present challenges bees face, and how they can be part of the solution in the bee’s survival.
Location: The Sweet Virginia apiary, gardens, and classroom located in Nokesville, VA.
Tuition: $225 per child. This includes beekeeping suit rental and snacks.
What to bring: A water bottle, sunscreen, brown bag lunch, any medications, and closed toed shoes.
Details: The camp will run Wednesday, July 13th to Friday July 15th from 9:00am to 3:00pm at Sweet Virginia. Students can register at www.SweetVAbeeacademy2016.eventbrite.com. The 2016 Bee Academy is a collaboration between the Sweet Virginia Foundation, the Foundation for the Preservation of Bees, and Bee Girl.
About Your Instructors: Sarah Red-Laird, aka Bee Girl, is the American Beekeeping Federation’s Kids and Bees Program Director, the US Ambassador of the International Bee Research Association’s Bee World project, and the founder and executive director of the Bee Girl organization, with a mission to inspire and empower communities to conserve bees and their habitat. Every year, Sarah engages with thousands of kids across the nation, and the globe, spreading knowledge and bringing a sense of wonder from the hive to our kids. Sarah holds an associate degree in Outdoor Recreation Leadership, and has been leading camps and working with kids for over ten years. Prior to leading bee camps, Sarah worked as a substitute teacher and paraprofessional for the Skagway, Alaska, school district, and volunteered for many kids' programs including equine-assisted therapy. Her resume also includes five years with the Skagway Volunteer Fire Department and the Missoula County Sherriff’s Search and Rescue teams. She is certified in swift water rescue and has been a Wilderness First Responder. More at www.beegirl.org .
Louise Edsall, Sweet Virginia Foundation's Director of Community Education Outreach, has cultivated a lifelong compassion for all living things – especially honey bees and other pollinators. Her insatiable curiosity for the natural world compelled her to study zoology, wetland ecology, environmental education, and beekeeping. From field biologist to science and environmental educator, she has pursued a career that fits perfectly with her current role engaging and fostering the need to care for honey bees through our Hive Alive! in-classroom education program.. Louise is also an open water scuba diver, master gardener, and naturalist.