The Bee Cause Project has been serving the community since 2013 connecting youth and adults across the United States (and beyond) with the secret life of bees through the installation of observation hives inside of schools as well as traditional hives in their gardens.
The mission of The Bee Cause Project is to ensure future generations are stewards of the natural environment who understand, engage, and are inspired by the wonder of honey bees while being empowered to take action through careers in STEM.
The objectives are to utilize bee learning centers to: reconnect youth and adults with the natural world, provide an engaging and unique tool for teaching STEM to students, empower students to act as bee ambassadors, and instill in youth the value of hard work, collective impact, and the importance every individual has in their community.
To date, the Bee Cause has provided hives for 220 schools in 46 states and 4 countries that are a part of the Bee Cause community.
Ted Dennard is the President and Founder of The Bee Cause Project. He is also President and Founder of The Savannah Bee Company, one of the most vibrant small companies in the honey industry.
Ted grew up on St. Simon’s Island, Georgia, and was first introduced to honey as a 12-year old boy. An elderly beekeeper named Roy Hightower offered young Ted an education in beekeeping, which opened his eyes to a world of magic and wonder that remains with him 30 years later.
For Ted, the love of bees is way of life. He kept bees in high school and college. He taught beekeeping to village farmers in Jamaica through the Peace Corps. He traveled to New Zealand, Vietnam, Ireland and France to learn the native beekeeping practices.
He is committed to educating children and adults alike about the important role honeybees play in the ecosystems they inhabit.
Tami Enright is the Executive Director of The Bee Cause Project. She started beekeeping by putting two hives in her front yard garden on Isle of Palms, SC – to help teach her four children about ecology and natural science.
Tami became hooked on bees and beekeeping and soon was asked to teach beekeeping to the children at a local residential school in Awendaw, Windwood Farms.
Tami has expanded her backyard beekeeping hobby into all aspects of her life: She manages The Bee Cause apiary with over 40 traditional honeybee hives, provides educational services and hands-on experiences with honeybees to help enrich the lives of all children in her extended community, and installs honeybee observation hives in schools across the country to promote honeybee awareness among the next generation.
"We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children." - Native American Proverb
When I was 7 years old my dream for the future was to save the rain forest. Naturally, my goals changed with the passing years. It wasn't until I started working with The Bee Cause Project that the passions of my inner-child were reignited.
Working with honeybees is more than a hobby. It's an opportunity to look beyond our illusion of separateness and awaken our senses to a beautiful world only made possible by the noblest of causes, smallest of creatures.
I love educating children about the importance of honeybees, but the true honor is seeing the world through their eyes. For it's a fantastic world filled with curiosity, beauty, and appreciation for what came before and what lies ahead. I urge everyone to get involved with The Bee Cause Project. It would simply be absurd not to.
I have spent several decades enjoying my world of horticulture and landscaping. However, about five years ago, I became fascinated with honeybees and added beekeeping to my credentials!
I was hand-pollinating my lemon trees and other plantings at my own home because there were no pollinators in my yard and finally slowed down to find a better way. I started researching what I could do other than hand-pollinate (found out about a local beekeeping association that was holding a weekend Introduction to Beekeeping class). I asked my neighbor and good friend, Tami, to come to the class with me. The rest is history. She and I became backyard beekeepers together; we shared equipment; helped each other harvest honey; checked on each other’s bees when the other traveled; got both our houses on the No Spray list with the city, etc. She became involved with The Bee Cause, and when I retired from my day job I was able to start volunteering with her.
I love helping with The Bee Cause - working at honeybee related events, talking with folks about the importance of honeybees, visiting schools and educating kids on the environment and helping kids slow down to think about the part honeybees play in the natural world. It is my pleasure to volunteer with The Bee Cause and give back to my community and to the honeybees. And, I LOVE watching the bees work in the BeeCause Observation Honeybee Hives.
Tom is the owner/operator of Queen & Comb Apiaries, a small scale beekeeping operation in Charleston, SC. Tom started keeping bees in 2011, after catching a swarm.
In 2012 he apprenticed with a commercial beekeeper outside of Asheville, NC for the season, managing over 400 colonies. A passionate advocate and educator of all things honeybees, there is nothing he would rather be doing than sharing his love and knowledge of this most awesome insect.
He began volunteering for The Bee Cause Project after moving to Charleston in 2014. He now manages 24 of the Observation Hives in the Charleston area, ensuring that they are happy and healthy.
He also volunteers in the community teaching kids and adults about the importance of pollinators and helps promote The Bee Cause Project through tabling at events in town.