NCBA Outreach and Education

NCBA offers our communities the time and service of their beekeeping members to help further educate those in our community about beekeeping and what you can do with in your own communities to improve their environment.  Programs range from creating pollinator friendly back yards to taking a bee class and keeping your own bees. Audiences range from kindergarten to adult education classes. The venues may be schools, clubs, associations, or garden nurseries. 

We are always wanting members to help. You do not need to have formal platform skills – just an interest in sharing your knowledge and a desire to help others understand honey bees and other pollinators. We will be adding in the age specific content through 2022. In the meantime, we have packaged material for your use.

 

Honeybee and Bee Basics 

Train the Trainer Video (Child or Adult) and Materials

Anyone can be a presenter in our Volunteer Programs. Lisa Boesen has made a great little video to help you share the following powerpoint deck, Honeybees and Bee Basics with your audience.  We get many requests from schools to have someone come in and speak about beekeeping, but not enough volunteers to fulfill the need. We hope this video helps you with wanting to be a NCBA volunteer presenter, get an idea of content, and practice if necessary.

 

Outreach on Your Own – “Bee a Good Neighbor”

In addition, as a member, the NCBA offers you our own quick tools if want to offer a small group session to your neighbors, a group, or HOA. We have our “Bee a Good Neighbor” Program.

 Northern Colorado beekeepers are the gateway to community education. You have the opportunity to share your knowledge, inform the public, and partner with your neighbors to keep the conversation going about the importance of bees.

What Can You Do?

Host a “Bee a Good Neighbor Program” any time!

What is it?

A “packaged” easy to learn 30-minute program to share your knowledge!

How do I start?

1.       Read the How to Give a 30 Minute Talk on Beekeeping material.

2.       Study the outline to start creating your own bee story.

3.       Combine your story with the Bee FAQs document to decide what else you want to include.

4.       Pick a date and time. Decide on your location – bee yard, patio, front yard, etc.

5.       Use the flyer to invite your neighbors to your event.

6.       On the day of the event, set up your materials and the attendee area. Be sure and have someone take pictures and help you – even if it is for only 30 minutes. An extra pair of hands is always helpful!

7.       Give your talk, show your neighbors your bee yard (if you decide to do that and weather permits) and pass out the materials. 

8.       Contact the NCBA Program Coordinator at programdirector@nocobees.org and share your results. How many attended, some anecdotal comments about how the event went, and any pictures you may have taken.

 Remember, as a beekeeper, you are also an Ambassador of the Bees and Pollinators. Whatever you share, your audience will love you and your content!

Need more info about our education and outreach?

Please contact the NCBA Outreach Program Director at  programdirector@nocobees.org