Observation Hives in the Classroom

We’ve been communicating with Jeff Murray, a northeast beekeeper, about his integration of Observation Hives (OHs) into the classroom.

Jeff shared that for over a year, “a group of us have been working slowly but continuously on having OHs a possibility as permanent exhibits in classrooms. We managed to get the tacit approval from the Boston School Administration last year for the one at Fenway…In November we did a panel on OHs at the Coalition of Essential Schools, Fall Forum, in Providence, RI, presenting a detailed paper on how to set one up and all the issues.”

“It seems like all the stars are aligned (publicity about CCD; the new awareness about the role of pollination in the food supply; a growing urban beekeeping movement to name a few) for a great interest in and demand for OHs. Were this ever to happen would the Walter T. Kelley Company consider donating some materials to schools?”

Jeff’s project is a wonderful combination of things that we consider when evaluating charitable requests. It gives us a chance to provide bee education, to touch future beekeepers, and to help schools. To that end, Kelley’s CEO Jane Burgess replied: “I am very excited about the education you are doing … what a wonderful way to excite the curiosity of a young or any mind than to observe the organized community of a colony and how with great knowledge they seem to be able to manage their environment… Representing Walter T Kelley, we are proud to be a part of this!”

Kelley’s has donated some OHs to this project, and Jeff has delightfully shared some insights on the project and challenges, as recently presented at an educational panel where he’s encouraging others to integrate OHs in the classroom.

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