Bees have been disappearing at an alarming rate around the world, and their mass disappearance continues to present new problems around the planet. Over 1 million bee colonies disappear every year, reported by Reuters in 2012. As pesky as they may seem to us humans, bees are actually critical to the human population. According to BBC Future, "Bees pollinate 70 of the 100 crop species that feed 90% of the world. Honey bees are responsible for $30 billion a year in crops." A world without bees could struggle to sustain our human population. The Bee Cause project is committed to educating children and adults about the important role honey bees play in our ecosystem.
The Bee Cause Project's mission is to provide our youth with opportunities to understand, engage with, and learn from honey bees in order to connect with the natural environment. Since 2013, The Bee Cause Project has been serving the community by connecting youth and adults with the secret life of bees through the installation of observation hives inside schools and gardens.
By stimulating curiosity and instilling the importance of honey bees, they hope to empower our youth to act as bee ambassadors through future careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics. To date, the Bee Cause Project has provided hives for 300 schools in 50 states and 4 countries that are a part of the Bee Cause community.
Non-profit organizations and K-12 schools can apply to the Honey Bee Grant Program to receive support for an educational honey bee hive. With three grant options, recipients can choose their level of equipment and assistance including a Beekeeper partnership from the Bee Cause Project. For additional curriculum and resources on honey bee education, visit http://www.thebeecause.org/index.php/grant-program.
You can also choose to donate to The Bee Cause Project and Sakroots will match your donation, dollar for dollar. Together we can save the bees!