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Community Education Program

Educational Presentations

The heart of the SCBA Community Education Program is educational presentations in which teachers can solicit a trained volunteer to give a grade appropriate presentation at their school, or members of a community organization can request a presentation for adults.

For younger students, our presenters offer hands-on activities including singing, drawing, and manipulating bee-related items.  For older students and adults, more advanced topics are covered including genetics and environmental issues.

If you are interested in requesting a presentation,

please use this form. 

We look forward to hearing from you!




Community Events

Sonoma County is home to a plethora of wonderful community events every year, many of which center on agriculture and the outdoors.  SCBA proudly participates in multiple events every year, engaging huge swaths of the public and educating on the importance of honey bees and pollination.

Our participation can take various forms, from a volunteer-staffed table with educational resources, to informative presentations delivered to the public, to interactive floats in parades.

Presence at events lets our community know that friendly beekeepers are nearby, ready to answer questions, offer advice, and chat endlessly about the wonders of the honey bee.  

Public Swarm Retrieval

Every year bee colonies engage in a process called swarming, in which approximately half the colony leaves the nest with the queen and searches for a new home.  It is an amazing sight to behold, and also a very dangerous time for the bees.

With no protection from the elements and only a small amount of food, the majority of swarms that do not find an adequate nest site within a couple days will perish.  Furthermore, people are understandably uncomfortable around swarms and may attempt to kill them.

SCBA offers a public swarm retrieval service where one of our trained beekeepers will be dispatched to the swarm site and attempt to safely catch the swarm, giving it a loving home.

If you have want to report a swarm of honey bees,

please do so here.

Thanks for helping save the bees!


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