2020 EAS Kids and Bees Beekeeping Academy
The Beekeeping Academy is a one day camp for up to twelve kids going into grades four through six. Students will spend their day in a fun and educational immersion into the world of the bee. During the morning hours, we will take an in-depth look into bee anatomy, biology, and sociology, and their vital role in our food system. The afternoon will be spent up close and personal with honey bee hives and native bee observations. Throughout the day students will learn about present challenges bees face, and how they can be part of the solution in the bee’s survival. Exact drop off and pick up location will be sent to students the week before the academy. The camp will run on Thursday, August 6th from 9:00am to 3:00pm at the University of Maine. The 2020 Bee Academy is a collaboration between the Eastern Apicultural Society, the American Beekeeping Federation, University of Maine, and the Bee Girl organization.
Tuition for the academy is $60 per student. Scholarships are available, email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Check out all the photo albums of past Kids and Bees events here. About your instructor: Sarah Red-Laird is the founder and executive director of the Bee Girl organization, a nonprofit with a mission to educate and inspire communities to conserve bees, their flowers, and our countryside. Bee Girl projects are focused on regenerative beekeeping, bee habitat research and education, and kids’ programs. She is a graduate of the University of Montana's College of Forestry and Conservation with a degree in Resource Conservation, focused on community collaboration and environmental policy. Sarah also serves as the “Kids and Bees” program director for the American Beekeeping Federation. To see her commitment to good policy and community collaborations realized, she also serves as president of the Northwest Farmers Union. As the 42nd president of the Western Apicultural Society she had the pleasure to serve the beekeeping community through coordination the 2019 annual conference themed, “Hive Mind for the Greater Good.” Sarah also holds an associate degree in Outdoor Recreation Leadership, and has been leading camps and working with kids for over 20 years. Prior to leading bee camps, Sarah worked as a substitute teacher and paraprofessional for the Skagway, Alaska, school district, and also volunteered for many kids' programs including equine-assisted therapy. Her resume also includes five years with the Skagway Volunteer Fire Department and the Missoula County Sherriff’s Search and Rescue teams. She is certified in swift water rescue and has been a Wilderness First Responder and an Emergency Trauma Technician. More at www.beegirl.org.