At the Honeybee Conservancy, our Bee Ambassadors help inspire the next generation of sustainably-minded citizens. Bee Ambassador visits are available to book year-round for schools and community groups and are perfect for audiences of all ages interested in learning about the diverse family of bees including honey bees, mason bees and bumble bees.
Interested in having a volunteer Bee Ambassador visit your class or group, or becoming a Bee Ambassador yourself? Let us know by filling out one of the forms below.
Jan is a beekeeper, an amateur mycologist and microbiologist working with Newtown Creek Alliance, BeeVillage, New York Mycological Society, Brooklyn College Soil/Microbiology Lab, and Genspace to innovate ways to communicate with each other and the larger public. Jan is also an accomplished artist who creates social sculptures using a combination of artistic and scientific processes that manifest in the form of interactive installations, photography, performance, and bio-art. Her art project, ProfileUS: Invasive Species, includes BeeSpace: Audio Observation, a unique installation that houses live honeybees inside an observation hive that responds to the presence of viewers by producing and amplifying the sounds of the bees.
Queen Bee Name: Queen Cleopatra
A founding member of Island Bee Project, Carolina is a New York native with a love of the arts and the outdoors. As a long time fashion designer, her concern for the current state of the environment gravitated her seek sustainable practices in fashion and in her daily life, as well as, to re-connect with nature with beekeeping and feels most at peace listening to the hive's meditative hum. She enjoys engaging communities to support the honeybees in creative ways and singing in traffic.
Queen Bee Name: Queen Bee Nasty
New York, NY and Miami, FL
A Master Beekeeper candidate and an urban beekeeper for a decade, Guillermo is our organization’s founder and Executive Director. He brings years of marketing experience to us from his time at brands such as Vanity Fair and Vogue. Having grown up in a food desert, he believes bees are the key to transforming our food system and ensuring that everyone has access to healthy, local foods. When he’s not at the apiary or speaking at an event, Guillermo is hiking or traveling.
Queen Bee Name: Queen Bee-atrix
Brian is a fifth grade teacher and was personally honored by President Barack Obama as a recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. He was also a recipient of the Michigan Science Teacher of the Year Award. Brian went to the biological center on Beaver Island to learn the art of beekeeping. He took this newfound passion back to Detroit and founded the nonprofit Bees in the D whose mission is to educate on the importance and conservation of honeybees. The hives are located throughout Southeast Michigan in urban gardens, vacant lots, and commercial rooftops right in the heart of downtown Detroit.
Queen Bee Name: Queen Bee in the D
Lauren is the head beekeeper of West Seattle Bee Garden and a member of the Puget Sound Beekeepers Association. After hearing how bees struggle with environmental changes, she wanted to make a difference, help the bees and educate people about what is happening, how important bees are and what can be done to change this. The primary goal at the West Seattle Bee Garden is to provide a space where everyone in the community is welcome to come see the bees, and learn about their important role in our ecology. They also provide field trips for local schools and groups who want to come learn about the bees, and experience a hive demonstration - getting to see what the hives look like on the inside.
Queen Bee Name: Queen Mother
As a young girl growing up in Egypt, Nicole was fascinated by bees and the delicious honey they made on her family’s farm. After a long career as a photographer and photo editor at UNICEF’s New York headquarters, Nicole took beekeeping classes, joined an urban beekeeping organization, and apprenticed with seasoned beekeepers. She’s presently the head beekeeper at the Cathedral of St, John the Divine, where she tends two beehives and conducts various events and seminars on the value of bees and beekeeping. Nicole is a founding member of BeeVillage in Battery Park, which consists of six beehives.
Queen Bee Name: Queen Nazli
New York, NY
Susan is an urban beekeeper, gardener and Docent at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Since 2008 she’s kept bees on her rooftop and works on the hives at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. Meanwhile, at the Met, when she is not giving tours…she’s always looking and discovering bee imagery in works of art from cultures around the world, ancient and new.
Queen Bee Name: Queen ElizaBEEth
Kathleen has worked with NYC community gardens for over 15 years and has been learning about bees and beekeeping for almost as long. Through her work with local food and agriculture organizations, Cornell Cooperative Extension and Just Food, Kathleen met Bronx-based beekeeper Roger Repohl. Roger served as Kathleen’s mentor and provided hands-on training in the art of beekeeping. In 2003, Kathleen started caring for her own hives and has been keeping bees and sharing her experience ever since. Kathleen keeps bees and engages the community in beekeeping and honey harvest activities at the New Roots Community Farm in the Bronx through her role at the International Rescue Committee.
Queen Bee Name: The Queen Feenie
A founding member of Island Bee Project, Stacey is a New York native whose childhood love for gardening and growing vegetables naturally led her to a concern for the honeybee population in the United States and throughout the globe. As a 13 year veteran of the Food and Hospitality Industry working with sustainable farm to table establishments, she continues to develop an appreciation for honeybees and how they impact our relationship with food and agriculture. She enjoys roller-skating and has a sharp eye for great vintage finds.
Queen Bee Name: Queen Cleopatra