Eighth-grade students were fortunate to receive an impromptu lesson on beekeeping during a recent visit to Owl Orchard Community Garden. Neighborhood bee keepers James and Sam showed the class their bee colonies and explained a little about what goes into keeping honeybees. Students also learned about the Varroa destructor parasitic bee mite that is attacking and killing bee colonies all over the United States and most of the world. At the time we visited, the beekeepers were treating their hives to help protect the bees from these mites throughout the winter. Kudos to the friends and stewards of Owl Orchard and its resident critters-- we are so grateful to have access to this wonderful gem in our neighborhood!
- middle school
- outdoor education