Hello! Many of you may already know that I am a teacher at a local charter middle/high school. I am also a doctoral student in curriculum and instruction and have been working on a beekeeping curriculum for young adults.
Over the past five years I've been dreaming of using this curriculum to start a beekeeping elective at my school and this year I finally think I'm going to be able to get it done.
I am looking for experienced beekeepers to serve as "hosts" for some of the outings that the students will be doing over the course of a semester. I will need these hosts to be available on Fridays between 8 a.m. and Noon beginning August 27th. The electives run on Fridays and I would need people who are willing to let the students (usually about 10-12 students aged 12 to 18 years) observe and interact with the bees. I want it to be as hands-on as you are comfortable with; however, please know that I will spend a great deal of time preparing the students for their first hands-on experience.
Most likely you would only "host" a group once, as I'd like the students to see different types of hives, hear different methods and practices, and meet a wide variety of people.
Why don't I use my own hives? One word: liability. A teacher inviting students to her home is typically a big no-no. But there would be no liability with them visiting you as it would be covered by the school's insurance. I can give you more information on this later.
If you are interested, please post a reply here and join this group. I plan to initiate our first meeting in early August.
Thanks for your support!