Influencing Future Beekeepers

Shannon Tieken has combined a few of her passions—kids, learning and teaching, honeybees, and taking care of the planet—and is helping her corner of the world better understand the importance of bees, as shown in this photo of her eagerly observed observation hive at Karen’s Kids, a day care facility.

The observation hive, donated by the Walter T. Kelley Company, will have many miles on it as Shannon shares with interested audiences the benefits of this essential insect. She has plans to use it at some county fair booths this summer, and it is slotted for use in upcoming Master Gardener and Master Naturalist programs, which Shannon instructs.

The young woman beaming in this photo is Madeline, Shannon’s daughter. If her smile is any indication, she’ll follow in her mother’s footsteps of loving honeybees.

Shannon shared the observation hive with a couple different groups, and noted that the three- and four-year-olds were, that particular day, more attentive than the five-year-olds. Their teacher, raised by beekeeper parents, had already talked with her students about bees and pupae, larvae, etc.

We’re delighted to be able to further beekeeping through charitable efforts such as the donation of this observation hive.

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