Holiday Gift ideas: 5 Bee-Centric Books for the little readers on your gift list

Add a little pollinator awareness under the Christmas tree this year with a book about bees! Our Director of Educational Programs, Emilee Elingburg, has selected 5 of her favorite bee-centric books - from scientific to fiction - to plant the seed of pollinator protection in the children on your gift list. Bonus: three of the [...]

A Glimpse Into the Future: Reflections from the 1% for the Planet Global Summit

Last month I had the opportunity to attend the 1% for the Planet Global Summit in New York City. This gathering of minds, united by a commitment to environmental philanthropy, was an enlightening experience, to say the least.  For those unfamiliar, 1% for the Planet members commit to donating at least 1% of annual sales [...]

Pollinator Celebration for Pollinator Month

Pollinator Celebration in Charleston, SC Patrons of Cynthia Graham Hurd/St. Andrews Library were able to celebrate Pollinator Month in June with engaging activities and programs to learn about bees while learning what they can do to help save them.  The Hurd/St. Andrews Library is part of the Charleston County Public Library system which has programming throughout [...]

SC 4-H Honey Bee Project

2022-23 Honey Bee Project Winners Congratulations to Myles Margeson and Lance Papciak!  Thank you to all the agents who promoted, guided, and provided encouragement to their youth to participate in the SC Honey Bee Project. SC 4-H Honey Bee Project The Honey Bee Project is an independent study project that engages youth (ages 5-18 years) in [...]

Get Buzzed in Baker

Introducing Liz Woolsey the owner of the Bristlecone General Store in Baker, Nevada.  She is a true supporter of bees around the world.  Last year alone, Liz donated 15 Hives to Heifer International.  She is committed to helping support pollinators and their habitat.  This year she found a way to advocate for pollinators in her [...]

Beautiful Buzz – Passion House Coffee Roasters Collaboration

Get a Beautiful Buzz: Limited Edition Coffee Collab Coffee for the cause! Thrilled to share this collaboration with Chicago's Passion House Coffee Roasters and Sec. 119.  Get a taste of Beautiful Buzz, a fully washed, single-origin medium/dark roast coffee from a Rainforest Alliance Certified farm located in the hills of Guatemala. A round and smooth [...]

Meet THE Beekeeper at JMBees Apiary

Meet Courtney Sheriff - STEM Teacher and Beekeeper The Bee Cause Project Bee Mentor The JMBees apiary at James M. Brown Elementary School in Walhalla, South Carolina, started in 2016 with one observation hive and grew to three hives due to Courtney's dedication to her students and the bees. In the fall of 2022, the STEM program purchased two 3D [...]

No Mow May: Lazy? Nope, just supporting pollinators

What if you just DIDN'T mow your lawn for the entirety of May? For starters, the bees would thank you. That’s the whole premise of No Mow May, a movement that aims to raise awareness of habitat loss for the planet’s smallest creatures. “Lawns cover 40 million acres, or 2%, of land in the US, making [...]

The Bee Cause featured on GPB Education

You never know where you will find The Bee Cause! Did you know King Tut, an Egyptian Pharaoh who lived more than 3,000 years ago, was buried with a jar of honey? It just goes to show that the sweet syrup produced by our honeybee friends has held high value for humans for thousands of [...]

Birds of a Feather Ladies Brunch #SEWE2023

Birds of a Feather Ladies Brunch Benefit PRESENTED BY: NORTON + HODGES UNION STATION CHARLESTON @652A King St SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 18th @ 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM Buzz out of the Lowcountry and into the hive, to raise your glass for the Birds of a Feather Ladies Brunch Benefit in support of the Bee Cause Project to protect pollinators. [...]

Bee’s Wrap helps kick-start a pollinator journey for libraries

The Bee Cause Project and Bee’s Wrap would like to help you Bee A Friend to Pollinators at your library campus this summer during Pollinator Week (June 20-26).   With this program modified from school curriculums to library programming, we helped 15 libraries make small changes to improve pollinator habitats and promote even bigger changes [...]

Chef Ron at Forest Ridge School in Bellevue, WA shares the love of pollinators!

The Bee Cause Project has partnered with Foresters Financial to help students Bee A Friend to Pollinators. This initiative began with committed educators like Chef Ron of Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart and others across the country who were given resources provided by The Bee Cause Project. This program helps schools make small [...]

New Pollinator Garden @ The Farm at Middleton Place in Charleston, SC

On Saturday, July 31 Dixie Vodka sponsored the first in-person event of The Bee Cause Project since the 2020 pandemic. The event was part of the South Carolina 7 Adventure Out Weekend, an MUSC-based initiative including a year-long outdoor fitness campaign to encourage outdoor recreation. But this experience was beyond exercise, it was a chance [...]

Congratulations, Rescue MI Nature Now!

Rescue MI Nature Now, Inc. is a Michigan Nonprofit organization with the goal to connect , rebuild natural habitats and restore faith in the surrounding communities. We want to expand our passions which include working in the community, uplifting the youth and lending a helping hand. Rescue MI Nature Now, Inc. is a nonprofit organization [...]

Hacienda La Esperanza’s Bee Sanctuary is Buzzing

The Bee Sanctuary on the island of Puerto Rico has opened its doors!  Fundación Ángel Rámos, Dixie Vodka, and The Bee Cause Project provided the funding to open this bee sanctuary project located on 2.6 acres in the Hacienda la Esperanza Nature Reserve in Manatí.  The reserve is a protected nature reserve under the management [...]

Press Release: A New Bee Sanctuary Coming to Charleston

A BUZZWORTHY NEW SANCTUARY COMING TO CHARLESTON In honor of Earth Day, The Bee Cause Project announced a new partnership with The Woodlands Nature Reserve to create an onsite bee sanctuary within the 6,000-acre privately protected property located just outside of downtown Charleston. The sanctuary, expected to complete construction and officially open to the public […]

Press Release: The Bee Cause Project Gets Involved with a New Bee Sanctuary in Puerto Rico

A BUZZWORTHY NEW SANCTUARY IN PUERTO RICO This year in honor of World Bee Day on May 20, a bee sanctuary was announced in partnership with The Bee Cause Project.  This exciting new project is additionally supported by two Puerto Rican non-profit organizations Para La Naturaleza and Be a Bee and sponsored Charleston-based Dixie Vodka.   This […]

Press Release: The Bee Cause Project + Whole Foods Market Partner for new Library Grant

  BUILDING BEE LITERACY In celebration of National Pollinator Week this June 21-27, The Bee Cause Project announced that Whole Foods Market will fund “Bee a Friend to Pollinators” grants for 30 public libraries in Tennessee and North Carolina. The grants, made possible with a $20K donation to The Bee Cause Project by Whole Foods […]

Where to Find Local & National Pollinator Partner and Educator Support

The honey bees have a practice called festooning. When it comes to building a new home, and comb inside the hive, honey bees link limbs to measure space. This ends up looking like they are building an actual bridge. Community engagement and your Bee Program acts in much of the same way. The following resources […]

Sweets from the Hive: Honey Fudge Recipe

Easy recipe for honey fudge fit for snacking on all year round! Enjoy this sweet taste of the hive.

Back to School with the Bee Cause Project!

  This year, we are taking a cue from the honey bee, and trying our best to adapt to new environments. Whether this is an online classroom, part-time school, or full-time classroom planning, the Bee Cause Project is here to meet you where you are with plug and play pollinator lesson plans. The Back to […]

Bee Friendly Videos + Live Streams

The hive is alive! Join along for a digital ride inside a honey bee colony with your classroom. Learn about bees through observation.

Bee Friendly Reading List for Educators + Advocates

The Bee Friendly Reading List compiles classroom favorites, personal book shelve must-haves, and beekeeper recommendations. This Reading List is updated often, and every entry will include the suggested grade level, Lexile Level, guided reading level, genre, and Read Aloud Link if available. This Reading List is Organized from Pre-K to 9-12 And Beyond.  Please Please […]

Black Lives Matter.

To The Bee Cause Project Community: The systemic violence and brutality that stole the lives of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and countless other Black lives has made it clear that we at The Bee Cause Project have a moral duty to make sure our natural and built communities are safe spaces.  Our tiniest […]

Environmental Justice and Anti-Racism Resources

This list only begins to cover the vast amount of environmental justice and anti-racism resources available for education in the classroom and at home. Please remember to compensate or donate to the people and organizations on this list working every day for education, understanding, and action.  Student, Parent + Teacher Resources Teaching Tolerance Classroom Resources: […]

What to Do With Your Live Bees During the COVID-19 Response? Guidelines for Bee Grant Recipients Here

These guidelines are designed to help all Bee Grant recipients, educators, and supporters navigate the COVID-19 response in relation to school/community closures. If you have live bees on campus and need guidance for management, please review the following plans to ensure your safety, and the well being of our friends, the bees.  Step One: Create […]

5 Things to Know Before You Apply to the Bee Grant

The Bee Grant offered in tandem with the Whole Kids Foundation allows K-12 schools and non-profits to provide interactive pollinator education through the STEAM based, Bee Wise curriculum. The latest grant cycle opens Sept. 1st, 2019 and closes Oct. 5th, 2019 for the 2020 Cycle. You can head on over to the Whole Kids Foundation […]

The Secret Life of Bees

“In the end, we only conserve what we love, we only love what we understand, and we understand only what we are taught.” Under the dabbled light of a subtropical forest, the sweet smell from coffee flowers entices one of java’s smallest customers: the honeybee. Honeybees are attracted to coffee flowers for their sugary, high-quality nectar. […]

Worldwide Loss of Bees a Growing Concern by Alissa Fleck

When we think of bees, we think of pesky, buzzing insects that sting us and ruin outdoor gatherings. We might wonder: how badly can we possibly need bees? The truth is, bees are an incredibly important part of our ecosystem on earth—no matter how annoying they may be to humans. Unfortunately, bees have been disappearing […]

Birds of Prey Apiary Beginnings

Here at The Bee Cause Project we have several springtime projects going on. This past weekend our efforts were directed at the development of the Birds of Prey apiary in Awendaw. The apiary will include a combination of traditional and observation hives, raised garden beds and free growing garden space filled with pollinators for the […]

Girl Scout Cookies Take Flight and Fund Sweet Venture

Girl Scout Troop #314 knows what they’re doing when it comes to the environment. These girls dedicate themselves annually to a new “journey” and immerse themselves in public service and education about their cause. This year’s project, “Earth and Sky,” in partnership with The Bee Cause Project, Troop #314 channeled their cookie proceeds into building […]

Queen Bees at Charleston Math and Science

We are so proud of a group of young ladies at the Charleston Charter School of Math and Science for their efforts on behalf of the Bee Cause Project. Six AP Biology seniors organized an educational expo during the Charleston Charter’s Science and Math night. This group had t-shirts made, set up a booth for […]