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.
Read our 5 Reasons to Sponsor-A-Hive Today and our Frequently Asked Questions pages for more information.
Our 2020 application opens during September 2020.
Sponsor-A-Hive bee homes will:
- Bolster bee populations;
- Advance education across multiple academic areas;
- Support local food initiatives, particularly in areas lacking access to fresh, local food
- Inspire communities to act as stewards for bees and bee's natural environment;
- Improve quality of life for people in the community
Read Reasons to Sponsor a Hive to learn more.
Your organization is eligible if it...
- Is located in the United States;
- Represents one of the following types of organizations:
- Grade, middle or high school;
- College or university;
- Tribal education agency;
- Environmental center;
- Food bank or community garden that does not charge a membership fee;
- Has an IRS 501(c)(3) determination letter or a NCES school ID number;
- Has been in existence for at least one year
- Will provide minimum of 1 program/project evaluation report
What We Look For in an Application
Here are some of the things that we look for in an application…
- Demonstrated ability to serve as an educational resource;
- Demonstrated ability to pollinate a school; community garden or similar green space;
- Benefit to an underserved area, such as a census tract of below-average food market density;
- For seekers of honey bee hive, written confirmation from a local beekeeper or beekeeping group affirming that they will install the hive and provide regular inspections to monitor the health of the hive;
- 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 opens during September 2019. Contact Us if you have questions or to offer some feedback.