BEEing Aware: Learning about and Nurturing Local Honey Bees & Pollinators for more Sustainable Agriculture.

Project Overview

Project Type: Youth Educator
Funds awarded in 2024: $5,873.00
Projected End Date: 02/15/2026
Grant Recipient: The Edgerton Explorit Center
Region: North Central
State: Nebraska
Project Manager:
John Boeder
The Edgerton Explorit Center
Project Co-Managers:
Mary Molliconi
Edgerton Explorit Center


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Proposal abstract:

We will underscore the vital role of local honey bees and native
pollinators in the global food system. By utilizing locally
captured honey bee swarms in our curriculum, we aim to promote
the value of native pollinators, renowned for their superior
adaptation and survival, and teach how local hone bee health is
tied to more efficient pollination and enhanced crop production.
Our programs will showcase sustainable beekeeping practices that
require minimal human intervention and reduce dependence on
chemical treatments. By doing so, we intend to cultivate a new
generation of eco-conscious agricultural stewards, contributing
to a sustainable and resilient future.

Project objectives from proposal:

Conduct Summer Camp: Immerse 20 students in a week-long summer
camp, exploring local pollinator species' roles in ecosystems and
crop pollination.


School Group Presentations: Deliver BEEing Aware to 20 school
groups in 2024, educating 200-400 students on pollinator
characteristics and sustainable bee production practices.


Outreach Event: Host Super Science Saturday in August 2024,
reaching 30-50 attendees to highlight pollinators' importance in
agriculture and sustainable careers.


Monarch Tagging: Engage 100 Aurora 3rd graders in hands-on
Monarch tagging, fostering habitat awareness and pollinator

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