The CMCS Observational Bee Hive was installed on a private wall off of the Media Center after our new building was constructed. This opportunity began when the students of Coastal Montessori Charter School received an observational beehive from East Cooper Montessori Charter School in 2015 through a grant obtained from the Bee Cause Project of Charleston.
Upon receiving this gift the students asked what they could do to get the word out about the importance of bees and the role they play in our world. East Cooper only asked that we “Pay it forward” and that is exactly what we did. Through honey sales and the hard work of Ms. Amber Wheeler Bacon, Ms. Antoinette Ursits, former teacher Ms. Heather Teems and many others we were able to gift Brookgreen Gardens with an observational beehive.
If you have not seen an observational beehive they are fascinating and completely safe. You rarely find yourself this close to bees. The bees enter and exit the observational hive behind a protective wall, which makes it possible for us to watch them as they work for the queen and make honey. The Bee Cause Project requires each organization sponsoring an observational hive to have a bee advocate and a bee keeper. The advocate and keeper teach the kids about the work of bees, including the vital role they play in pollinating and the impact they play in our sources of fruits and vegetables.
Here’s a great article from Fox Business about Bumblebees Dying Out and why that’s important to us.