Bee Awareness Society

The Bee Awareness Society installs glass observation hives in local  schools to provide teachers and students with a “live learning tool.” Along with an educational session, an observation hive in a classroom setting provides the inspiration for both creative arts and science learning.

2019 heralds the fifth year of the society’s activities. The initial, single hive, pilot project has grown exponentially; 35 requests for hives have been received from schools all over the Columbia Basin. The society has also put observation hives in the Frog Peak Café in Crescent Valley and the Selkirk College Library on Castlegar Campus in order to expand the educational opportunities for those outside the K-12 school system.

Important Lessons:
• Responsible stewardship of a healthy environment
• Honey bee (Apis mellifera) biology
• The importance of pollination to the human food supply
• Impacts on bees of chemicals in the environment
• Diseases and threats currently faced by bee populations

This project brings people together from all over the region, including those from different ethnic backgrounds, socioeconomic status, age and ability. The project is maintained by a small group of keen volunteers who build hives, raise bees, and give presentations to classes. The overwhelming demand for these hives necessitates fundraising in order to keep the program growing. All cash donations, corporate sponsorships, material donations and in-kind labour are gratefully accepted.

It is through education that the biggest impact can be made towards saving these amazing creatures.

Fundraiser 2018

Our 2018 Silent Art Auction at Frog Peak Cafe was a great success raising over $1500. Thank you to all the artists for your donations and to the people in the community who participated by bidding on pieces. Our heartfelt appreciation to you all. Thank you for your support and continuing to believe in our… Continue reading Fundraiser 2018

BAS Sponsors

RHC Insurance Brokers Ltd – Downtown CastlegarMany thanks to all our sponsors who make the ongoing activities of the Bee Awareness Society possible. It is only through gifts of time, money, and supplies that we are able to bring observation hives into regional classrooms. Sponsors West Kootenay Beekeepers Kootenay Slocan Lions Club Kootenay Co-op Kalesnikoff… Continue reading BAS Sponsors