Pollinator Events

Bee Downtown! (Visit the Bee Mural)


Presented by Bee City USA – Hendersonville and Hands On! Children's Museum

Our local Bee City USA affiliate (a program of The City of Hendersonville Tree Board and Environmental Sustainability Board) is partnering with Hands On! Children’s Museum, The Good of the Hive, nonprofit organizations, local businesses, and community members to create a larger-than-life bee mural in the heart of downtown Hendersonville!

Phase 1 of the project was completed in the fall of 2020.  You can now see the queen bee and her attendants overwintering on their comb dripping with honey on the exterior wall of the museum.  The mural wall is located within the Azalea Public Parking Lot (facing Third Ave. E. between N. Main Street and King Street). Phase 2 of the project to add more bees and honeycomb around the corner of the building as well as flowers growing up from the ground and additional pollinators in flight across the walls will begin in the spring of 2021.  In the meantime, there are many ways to learn more about the project:

The  Bee City USA Hendersonville Facebook page features regular updates.

The Bee City USA Hendersonville YouTube Channel includes the first two video updates about the mural project. Additional videos will be posted after painting resumes in the spring. 

View the Lunch & Learn Zoom meeting with Matt Willey, Artist and Founder of The Good of the Hive.  Special thanks to Blue Ridge Community College, Certified Bee Campus for hosting this online event while Matt was in town painting!

Read  Inside the Bee Mural: Artist talks about his inspiration, an article by Hendersonville Times-News writer, Rebecca Walter.

Follow The Good of the Hive on Instagram, on  Facebook, and/or on Twitter

Please also join in expressing appreciation to (and supporting) our “Bring the Hive Alive!” sponsors who have done so much to make this project possible, for the good of all.

Location: Exterior wall of the Hands On! building (in the Azalea Public Parking Lot), between N. Main Street and King Street, facing Third Ave. E. in downtown Hendersonville.

Audience: All ages

Cost: FREE!


2021 Beekeeping School

Mondays, January 11 - February 22, 2021, 7:00 - 8:30 PM

Presented by Henderson County Beekeepers Association

Henderson County Bee Keepers Association

The Henderson County Beekeepers Association (HCBA) is pleased to announce the schedule for their 2021 Beekeeping School.  This is one of this region’s most extensive beekeeping courses consisting of 7 class sessions, 4 outdoor sessions and at least 2 apiary sessions with over a dozen instructors from the southeast.

The course objective is to prepare you to successfully care for your bees during the first year of beekeeping. Those completing the class and planning to become spring 2021 beekeepers are also encouraged to take advantage of HCBA’s unique mentor program. Mentors make themselves available to “hands on” support and coach those completing this course during the critical first year of beekeeping.

For more information, please visit http://hcbeekeepers.org or call 828-BEE-5623

Location: Due to COVID-19 restrictions, Monday evening classes will be on the ZOOM platform. Outdoor and apiary sessions (TBA) will be held at Historic Johnson Farm, 3346 Haywood Rd, Hendersonville.

Audience: aspiring beekeepers

Cost: $75 fee includes a textbook, course materials and a one-year family membership to HCBA.

Registration:  Enroll Online


Symbolic Monarch Migration


Presented by: Bee City USA – Hendersonville, Hands On! Children's Museum, Hola Community Arts

This past fall, many Henderson County classrooms and students participated in the 25th annual Symbolic Monarch Butterfly Migration by joining children from across the United States and Canada in creating paper butterflies to send to Mexico for the winter. The symbolic butterflies’ fall flight was timed to correspond with the living monarchs’ actual journey south. As the real-life monarchs have arrived in Mexico for the winter, the symbolic butterflies are now being delivered to schools in the monarch sanctuary region.

You can follow along with the butterflies’ journeys online and see photos and stories from the schools in Mexico.  Sometime in March after the living monarchs’ departure from Mexico, groups of paper butterflies will also return north to Henderson County, carrying special messages from the students in Mexico. United by the monarch butterfly, children across North America learn authentic lessons of conservation, cooperation, and ambassadorship.

Audience: Children of all ages

Cost:  Free! Symbolic Migration updates are available journeys online at no charge. (Hendersonville Bee City USA provided funds for Henderson County classrooms, youth organizations, and individual students to send symbolic monarchs to Mexico in the fall of 2020.)


Virtual Monarch Butterfly Experiences

Ongoing and Month of February

Presented by Butterflies & Their People, JM Butterfly B&B

Monarch ButterfliesThis winter,  virtual butterfly experiences are the only way visitors can witness majesty of the monarch migration at the Cerro Pelón Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary. Because of Covid 19, the sanctuary is closed to the public. This decision, while epidemiologically sound, represents an ecological and economic disaster for this fragile habitat and its people. The monarchs need an intact forest canopy to protect them from the elements, and without butterfly tourism, illegal logging is one of the few jobs available to locals. Two different virtual butterfly experiences give participants the opportunity to witness the development of Cerro Pelon’s overwintering colony over the course of an entire season and support the conservation of the forest in the process:

Adopt a Colony: Now - March 30, 2021
A bimonthly multimedia e-magazine delivered to your inbox shares images, articles and videos that chart the progress of Cerro Pelón’s overwintering monarch colony across the season, from the migration’s arrival in November through their departure in March. In between, this series maps changes in the colony’s location and tracks the impact of climate conditions on its behavior. You will see clustering, shivering, nectaring, puddling, and mating, as well as witness the spectacular cascades that mark the beginning of the end of the season. Once a month, a condensed virtual butterfly tour will be included to give you a sense of what it’s like to visit Cerro Pelón at different times of the season.

February Intensive: Daily Throughout February 2021
See the migration through the eyes of people who spend all day every day watching over their roosts. This private Facebook group features daily updates in the form of images, videos and observations from forest guardians and butterfly guides. Follow the migration’s progress as the colony relocates to a lower clime, increases flight activity, fattens up on nectar from flowers, launches into mating season and initiates remigration north. While live feeds from the roosting sites are not yet possible, participation in this group gives you access to a nearly live experience, as you view updates from the previous day during this pivotal month.

Location: Online (videos and updates sent from the Cerro Pelón Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary in the mountains of Mexico)

Audience: All ages

Cost: for $85 USD per experience per person or both for $160.  15% of proceeds will go to the forest conservation non-profit, Butterflies & Their People, to help keep six full-time forest guardians employed. The remainder will go to help JM Butterfly B&B stay in business so ecotours (and all of those who depend on this source of employment) can resume in the future.

Registration: Register Online.


Pollinator Notecard Fundraiser  


Presented by: Honey Bees Kindergarten class at FernLeaf Community Charter School

These colorful note cards feature artwork by 5 and 6 year-olds in the Honey Bees Kindergarten class at FernLeaf Community Charter School. Six different designs are printed on 4.25 x 5.5 cards. Also includes six 100% recycled-content brown kraft paper envelopes (made in the USA).

Available for $10 per set of 6 (with all proceeds to benefit the downtown bee mural initiative) at the following Hendersonville locations:  Hands-On! Children’s Museum Gift Shop, Wild Birds Unlimited Nature Shop, Moonshine & Magnolias, and Art MoB Studios & Marketplace.




Honey Bee & Monarch Window Cling Fundraiser


Presented by: Bee City USA – Hendersonville  

Simply peel the vinyl cling from the backing and place it in a window or windshield of a car.  Sticks through static! Easily removed or repositioned as no adhesive is used.  Also helps prevent bird strikes on window glass.  Both window cling designs were created by Libby Tracy, a local artist and nature lover from Black Mountain, NC. 

Available for $5 each (with all proceeds to benefit the downtown bee mural initiative) at the following Hendersonville locations: Hands-On! Children’s Museum Gift Shop, Wild Birds Unlimited Nature Shop, Bullington Gardens and Art MoB Studios & Marketplace .