Befriending Bees

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Monday, April 14th

Befriending Bees

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Vacation Program

  • Monday, April 14, 2014
  • 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • Designed for ages 6 to 8

Colony Collapse Disorder is a still-mysterious epidemic that is threatening honeybee colonies that are essential partners in plant life cycles. Construct a bee house for solitary mason bees who are filling in for honeybees. Construct a Beez Box to learn the dance language of bees that organize their clever communities to find food efficiently. Then Dance.

Ben Thompson grew up with bees. As an apprentice he applied his flight experience to the design of free flight models we still use. The Thompsons's hives are now in residence at

Inspired by the Thompson Family Beekeepers

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