Bees offer a wonderful way for children and communities to learn about science, ecology, agriculture, societal structure, mutual cooperation, and even history – all by caring for and observing the activity of bees maintained on an on-site bee house. The innovative Sponsor-A-Hive program provides bees and equipment to help people safely set up, maintain, and observe such on-site bee sanctuaries at schools, community gardens, and green spaces across the United States.
The Sponsor-A-Hive program provides honey bees, mason bees and/or leafcutter bees, their homes, bee keeping equipment and information on how to care for the bees. Bees are strategically placed in locations where they can bolster bee populations, advance science and environmental education and pollinate locally grown food.
Also provided is our Sponsor-A-Hive Educator's Kit, which is full of lesson plans and worksheets to teach students more about their bee home. It's designed to build reading and science skills, raise environmental awareness, and empower students to help the bees.
Sponsor-A-Hive bee homes will:
Read our Sponsor-A-Hive page to learn more.
Your organization is eligible if it...
Here are some of the things that we look for in an application…
Step 1. Determine eligibility
Step 2. Review the supporting materials. Learn about the species of bees from which to select and the Sponsor-a-Hive FAQs for more details
Step 3. Optional but highly recommended: a photo of the location where you will place your bee house (JPG, GIF or PNG file under 5 MB)
Step 4. Fill out the online Sponsor-a-Hive Application. Complete and submit the online application before the deadline.
Our 2020 application is below. Contact Us if you have questions or to offer some feedback.