City Bees Teaches Ecological AwarenessApr 28, 2022 10:26PM ● By Heather Nygren
Beekeepers Hollee Freeman and Nikiya Ellis joined forces after managing their local hives for three years to develop City Bees, an engaging and educational program that demystifies our understanding of honeybees and helps educate the community about the importance of bees in our lives and our ecosystem.
Participants ages 8 and up get a 90-minute “bees-eye” view of a hive through safe interaction with honeybees in their apiary. During the program, they will better understand the job of beekeeping (including apiary inspections and hive management), the history and biology of bees, weather and climate influences, environmental justice and more. Student groups are also welcome.
City Bees is held in-person at a local orchard/farm in the metro Richmond area. Programs occur during weekends from April to September and are followed by tea time and Q&A with the beekeepers. Guests can sample local honey and learn how they can support sustainability efforts in the region.