“Living Lab” Adds Hive of Activity to Trail Lineup

With or without children, the bird blind at the Boston School Nature Trail has been buzzing with activity.

An observation beehive has been added to the school’s educational lineup for the nature trail. While the bees have been busy getting established in their new home; middle school science teacher Erica Baker has been working on plans to incorporate hive activities into the science curriculum.

“There are a lot of things that can be taught with bees,” she said. “Functions and communities. Pollination. Life stages, and the anatomy of a honey bee” were all mentioned as part of the educational possibilities.

Bees can safely be observed through the clear glass walls of the observation hive. The bees come and go through a small tunnel in the bird blind’s wall that helps to keep them safely tucked away from physical contact while allowing them to be seen.

The school’s 21st Century Learning Center “Wild Activities Adventure Club” utilizes the bird blind for after-school activities.  Plans call for the FFA chapter at Thomas Nelson High School to help maintain the hive.

Nelson County School Board member Larry Pate, along with Bloomfield Elementary School Principal Bob Morris, both experienced beekeepers, worked together to set the hive up this past August.

The Walter T. Kelley Company, a supply company for beekeepers, donated educational materials and equipment to help establish the hive.

The trail, started in 2009, has been steadily adding to its educational lineup.

Originally conceived as a living laboratory, the trail has been developed on District-owned forested property directly behind Boston School.

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