Honey Bee Haven at Grandfather Mountain Completed 6/1/15

unnamedThe Bee Aware Team has two objectives for it’s “Honey Bee Haven” project on Grandfather Mountain. First, to provide the hives in the Honey Bee Habitat a pesticide free area, surrounded by nutritious food sources. The team plans to monitor the honey bee population and study the effects a safe area might have on the growth and expansion of the bee colonies. Second, to educate homeowners about the detrimental effect lawn and garden chemicals have on bee populations and other pollinators through ranger lead educational tours, brochures, and signage at Grandfather Mountain.

Visitors to Grandfather Mountain’s popular fudge shop will learn about alternatives to yard and garden chemicals from the brochures displayed along side the team’s colorfully painted hive. These tri-fold brochures will also be found in Grandfather’s gift shops.

Our objective is to create a program that can be replicated at other facilities around the country.


School Educational Outreach Program

To educate members of our community to the devastating affects these chemicals have on honey bees and other pollinators, the Bee Aware Science Team presented their Awareness message to over 1,200 school children. They sent home materials with the children to share with their parents, outlining alternatives to yard and garden chemicals. They took this information and created a trifold brochure, to be distributed around the community.

The team also met with area Christmas tree growers and asked them to consider spraying in the later afternoons when the bees were done foraging for the day.