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Start a bee group at your school and get children excited about the environment!

Give the bees at your school a home! Immerse yourself in the world of beekeeping and discover the important ecological connections in nature together with your students. You get two honey bee colonies on the school grounds. Together with two other colleagues from your school, you will start beekeeping. You will be guided through a one-year basic course and learn all the important skills. If ne...

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Give the bees at your school a home! Immerse yourself in the world of beekeeping and discover the important ecological connections in nat...

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School bees
Child of a Berlin bee group
2022

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    Create your project page

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  • 2

    Complete a 30 Day Challenge

    Complete simple steps in 30 days to get your project off the ground.

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    Activate your project

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    Share impact

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Great for

  • Teachers at a primary school
  • Afternoon carers at a primary school
  • Pedagogical staff at a primary school

School bees project essentials

5 Step Guide

  • Assemble a team
  • Secure school support
  • Arrange a site survey
  • Plan to raise €10,000
  • School bees start in spring 🐝

Time

Suggested: Completion of the beekeeping course on 8 weekend dates with an average of 2-3 hours plus your own preparation and follow-up; 4 of these dates are in spring/summer, some during the holidays. Additionally, 20-30 hours of bee care per year. Bee groups: optimal weekly or bi-weekly meetings. Break during the holidays.

Resources

More information on how to get started and any resources shared by the School bees

Meet the Social Innovator

Welcome to School Bees on ChangeX — now is the best time to bring bees to your schools! Let's awaken children's curiosity and encourage their love of nature. Bees are fascinating teachers and key players in our environment. Bringing bees to school lays the foundation for a lifelong enthusiasm for nature and a responsible approach to the environment, especially in times of climate crisis. It will be exciting to transform the schoolyard into a bee paradise! The school not only becomes an extraordinary place of learning, but also a place of wonder, discovery and sustainable action! 🌍💚🐝

Julia Eisenberg — School Bee Project Manager at the nonprofit City Bees

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  • Why a 30 day challenge?

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