Science and Environmental Education

STEAM Lesson Plans, Curriculum and Best Practices

From lessons on the environment and zoology, to nutrition and biology, a beehive is a science class in a box.

Educators like you play an critical role in the recovery of our bees. We're making all of our educational materials 100% free of charge so that you can educate youth about the importance of bees and what can be done to save them.

Our science and education programs build environmental stewardship by teaching children and adults about the lives of bees, the dire consequences of bee population collapse, and how we can act as stewards for bees and their natural environment.

Our materials including the STEAM Lesson Plans are written by educators for educators and designed to meet NGSA standards.


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Educator’s Guide to Hosting a Beehive

with Bees in the D



Abuzz! News from the Hive

A Kids Reader

STEAM Lesson Plans

Bee Ambassador Visits


Demonstration Hives

With The Honeybee Conservancy, we’re creating a bee education program that will bring awareness, excite, and empower students, while dispelling common fears often associated with bees.

Zabeth Runyan,

University of Montana's PEAS Farm

Sponsor-A-Hive bee recipient 2017

The Educator’s Guide to Hosting a Hive

The Educator’s Guide to Hosting a Beehive is full of best practices for you to use to welcome bees to your school or educational center.

This detailed Guide is based on many years of experience placing and managing hundreds of hives in elementary, middle and high schools - as well as on college and university campuses, nature centers and other educational institutions.

Take advantage of rich 'how to" information on how to welcome bees onto their property (which bees to select, where to place them, how to work with a beekeeper, etc).

  • Why welcome bees to your school
  • They many species of bees in your area
  • Ways to welcome bees: from bee gardens to solitary bee homes
  • 4 things to consider before getting your bees
  • How to start a beekeeping program
  • Success stories from our partner schools

The Guide is written by Guillermo Fernandez of The Honeybee Conservancy and Brian Peterson-Roest of Bees in the D, who is a 5th grade teacher, an Adjunct Professor at Oakland University, a Camp Licensing Consultant for the State of Michigan and the President of the Michigan Science Teacher’s Association Board.

Abuzz! News From the Hive: A Magazine by Bees for Kids

Abuzz! News from the Hive is a colorful, fun, educational magazine that teaches environmental stewardship by teaching children about the lives of bees. This guide explains to school children why bees are vital to our food supply and what must be done to protect them. Abuzz is written and illustrated to engage and educate children in grades 2-3 (Okay ... we confess. Adults love it, too).

Abuzz features information on pollination, on why kids shouldn't fear bees, and how kids can help bees. Projects range from crafts, to recipes, to cartoons, to puzzles. Sports and bee-focused classified ads offers a thoughtful moment and a good laugh. What’s not to love?

Thank you for the exciting educational materials. The students were so excited by the activity sheets and now they can’t stop talking about bees! Thank you!

Ms. Vasquez

Teacher, Broward County Public Schools

Free STEAM Lesson Plans and Other Educational Materials

Our science program builds environmental stewardship by providing teachers with STEAM lesson plans and activities designed to build reading and science skills, raise environmental awareness, and empower students to help the bees.

Teachers and students also use The Honeybee Conservancy’s free bee lesson plans and activity sheets. These teacher-designed STEAM lesson Plans that build reading and science skills and empower students to help the bees.

Bee Ambassador Visits

Our Bee Ambassadors deliver Educational and Outreach initiatives at schools and community events.

During classroom visits, our urban beekeepers bring our portable, glass observation hive and teaching materials including steam lesson plans.

The hive safely introduces bees to adults and children, while also generating Q&A and discussion about bees, our ecosystem, science, and our local food system.

Want a Bee Ambassador to visit your school or organization?

Demonstration Hives

Demonstration hives in our BeeVillage urban beekeeping locations give children and adults the unique opportunity to experience bees and their environment firsthand. We believe this exposure to the fascinating world of bees gives people the power to move from bee observers to bee advocates.