It’s always a great time to learn more about why you need pollinators and how pollinators need you! Bee City USA – Hendersonville, along with our partners, are pleased to present the next series of pollinator education events. You may also keep up with the latest news and events by liking our Bee City USA - Hendersonville Facebook page and following our Bring the Hive Alive! initiative to paint a bee mural in downtown Hendersonville.
Bring the Hive Alive! Downtown Bee Mural Initiative
Presented by: Bee City USA – Hendersonville and Hands On! Children’s Museum
Bee City USA - Hendersonville is thrilled to be partnering with Hands On! Children’s Museum, local businesses, nonprofit organizations, and community members to bring The Good of the Hive to paint a BEEautiful bee mural in downtown Hendersonville. In addition to the many benefits provided by public art, we believe this mural will draw attention to the importance of pollinators and inspire actions to help sustain healthy ecosystems. You can support this community-wide effort by making a tax-deductible donation to help bring the bee mural to life in downtown Hendersonville! Donations may be made online or checks made payable to HANDS ON! may be mailed to 318 North Main Street, Hendersonville, NC 28792.
Rewards for donations ranging from $25 - $100 include: The Good of the Hive sticker, Honey bee window cling, BeeKind sticker (donated by Bee Campus USA – Blue Ridge Community College - https://www.blueridge.edu/bee-campus), certificate for a 2 oz. or 1 lb. jar of local honey (donated by Henderson County Beekeepers Association - http://hcbeekeepers.com/), and coupon for free enrollment in the How to Grow a Pollinator Café online course (donated by Gardens That Matter - https://www.gardensthatmatter.com/). Bee mural sponsorship opportunities - https://handsonwnc.org/mt-content/uploads/2019/11/hive-alive-sponsorship-guide-final-2-11.05.19.pdf are also available.
Location: The mural will be located on the side and back corner of the Hands On! building, between N. Main Street and King Street, facing Third Street. This heavily visited area is located in the heart of downtown Hendersonville and included in the Azalea Public Parking Lot.
Questions: Please email or call 828-697-8333, ext.223
Henderson County Beginner Beekeeper Education Course
Mondays, January 13 - February 24, 7:00 – 9:00 PM
Presented by Henderson County Beekeepers Association
The Henderson County Beekeepers Association (HCBA) is pleased to announce the schedule for their 2020 beekeeping school. You will learn about bee biology, care and feeding, equipment selection and use, honey and wax production, pest control and resources for continued education. The course objective is to prepare you to successfully care for your bees during the first year of beekeeping. Classes will be held every Monday evening for 7 weeks beginning January 13, 2020.
Location: Mountain Horticultural Crops Research and Extension Center, 455 Research Drive in Mills River
Audience Served: Adults and families
Cost: The $75 fee includes a textbook, course materials and one-year membership to HCBA.
Registration: Enrollment is now open online (http://hcbeekeepers.org/education/2019-beginner-beekeeper-education-enrollment-2-2/)
Pollinator Exploration Kit (Available for Loan)
Presented by: Bee City USA – Hendersonville
Calling all educators: teachers, naturalists, gardeners, park rangers, camp counselors, outdoor/environmental educators, home-school parents, childcare professionals, and more! Bee City USA – Hendersonville is eager to help you share the wonder of pollinators with children you teach. Whether exploring your own backyard, schoolyard, or a local park, you’ll find many helpful tools in our Pollinator Exploration Kit. The kit includes sets of 12 sturdy child-size insect nets, special bug capture bubbles, bug boxes with magnifying lids, and magnifying glasses. Two pop-up insect habitats and two sets of laminated fold-out field guides (NC Trees & Wildflowers, NC Butterflies & Moths, Bees & Other Pollinators) are also included. As available, the kit is available for loan for up to a week.
Location: Kit may be picked up (reservation required) and returned on weekdays from 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM at the City of Hendersonville Operations Center, 305 Williams Street, Hendersonville
Audience: Educators of all kinds
Registration: Please email to check availability and reserve the dates you’d like to borrow the Pollinator Exploration Kit.