Bee the Change Volunteer Project

brought to you by The Bee Cause Project and Foresters Financial

Project Purpose

Foresters is committed to the Bee the Change Volunteer Project in order to increase pollinator awareness at local libraries.  This year, Foresters has partnered with The Bee Cause Project to produce a unique way to bring awareness to pollinators and their contributions by spreading pollinator education.  This project combines a chance for you and your family to learn ways to help pollinators thrive in your backyard while helping local libraries spread the word!

Project Description

This project is the perfect way to introduce you to pollinators and the important ways you can support them and their habitats.  These activities are fun for the entire family!  We hope that you will enjoy completing the Bee the Change Volunteer Project.  As part of your volunteer project, each chosen Library will be paired with a Foresters Community Leader who is committed to preparing and delivering the 25 pollinator-themed activity kits.  The 4 activities below will be part of giveaway packages for library patrons.  Each kit will include 4 separate activities that are family-friendly and age-appropriate. They are intended to start a conversation with the children on the importance of pollinators and will help the library highlight the additional bee books that are now available in the library for checkout. 

The Bee Cause will provide the volunteers and volunteer coordinators with additional support and educational materials to ensure each component is delivered with confidence.

Activity 1. Add a Mason Bee House to your backyard

Mason bees are excellent pollinators and encompass 139 species across North America.  They are known for building their nests in unique places.  Mason bees are solitary and thus do not swarm.  Mason bees like to nest in holes, they find hollow stems or holes in dead wood to build them.  Since all they need is a safe place to live, we can build homes for Mason bees and help their population grow. 

Activity 2. Plant a Wildflower Bee Garden

Bees use nectar and pollen from flowers as a food and energy source. Depending on your area there may be an abundance of wildflowers, landscape flowers, crops or trees, and shrubs. Bees will fly about 3 miles from their hive to find their nectar and pollen source. The Garden you plant will become a wonderful place for bees to visit all Spring and Summer! 

  • Use the following Ecoregional Guide for a list of native, seasonal plants for your area. Local plant nurseries can help you pick out just the right plant no matter what time of year.
  • Learn more about turning your yard into a wildflower garden for pollinators!  Watch Planting Wildflower Seeds to learn more.

Activity 3. Wear a Save the Bees Bracelet

When you make and wear your own Save the Bees bracelet, you raise awareness of busy pollinators!  Bee a voice for taking action!  Wear it proudly, and be ready to answer questions about the meaning of your bracelet.  After completing this project you will have all the tools you need to bee a friend to pollinators.  

Activity 4. Honey Tasting Experience

Did you know that the flavor of honey changes based on the season and the region in which it is produced?  The flavor of honey is based on the floral variety near the hive.  You can support bee populations by buying local honey.  It is more vital than ever to support local bee farmers who are helping raise and maintain healthy bees. The percentage of fructose, glucose, amount and type of amino acids, and organic acids can also affect the flavor of honey.  

  • Honey Wheel – Honey I Hardly Know You! Article Link 
  • Learn how to appreciate the different flavors, colors, and textures of honey with Taste This: The Connoisseurs Guide to Tasting Honey with Amina Harris @ UC Davis – Video Link 
  • UC Davis Honey Wheel Link for Purchase

Want to dig deeper? Help us pass on our passion for pollinators!

Pollinator education is our passion!  We would love for you to help us raise awareness about the plight of pollinators.  We offer numerous free resources for all ages.  Enjoy and share these pollinator-themed books, lesson plans, and virtual field trips to help us inspire young environmentalists!

Your donation helps us to further our mission to bring live bees through observation or Langstroth hives to schools and libraries in your community.

Bee a Friend to Pollinators!

Want to learn how to make your backyard more pollinator-friendly?  Join Ms. Paticia to help pollinators where you live, go to school, and where you play.  Ms. Patricia will tell you about an exciting project you can do in your own backyard called Bee a friend to Pollinators.  Produced with the Bee Cause Project and Clemson Cooperative Extension.  After watching Ms. Patricia, you can download your own backyard assessment!!

The Bee Cause Project private label honey is available at Savannah Bee Company.

Do you love honey?  Our friends at Savannah Bee Company created private label honey to benefit our mission at The Bee Cause Project.  Proceeds from the purchase of this honey help us to protect pollinators.  Please go to Savannah Bee Company to purchase a delicious sweet treat!