Welcome to the Classroom Hives web page! We are in the process of incorporating as a 501(c)3 non profit. Coming this fall, this web page will no longer be part of the Best Bees page, but instead be located at www.classroomhives.org. In the meantime, please stand by as we continue to work hard at providing the best information about bring honey bee observation hives into the classroom.
The Classroom Hives project has three main goals, to 1) show how to set up an observation hive in a classroom, 2) explain the safety procedures directly involving the observation hive and also indirectly involving school protocol, and 3) educate about the benefits of having an observation hive in a classroom. Observation hives are plexiglass or glass -enclosed structures containing a live honey bee colony. They provide a unique opportunity for students of all ages and all locations across the globe to view the intricate world of these fascinating creatures right inside their classroom. Honey bees are animals of vital importance for their role as pollinators of over 130 fruit and vegetable crops around the world. They are the only live-animal classroom exhibit that shows an organism in its true environment. The classroom setting is a familiar place to children all over the world.
Classroom observation hives are feasible for at least two reasons. First, we have found a way to make them last year-round, for two years or more so that we can ensure the permanence and the continuity of the exhibit. Second, we have found a safe way to manage the hive so that even when changing frames, virtually no bees get in the classroom space.
Please stay tuned for more information on the international Classroom Hives Project, including how to set up and maintain a Classroom Hive for your classroom.
Ms. Benadette Manning
Mathematics Teacher, Fenway High School, Boston, MA, USA
Ms. Jenerra Williams
Elementary Education Teacher, Mission Hill Elementary School, Boston, MA, USA
Mr. Jeff Murray
Master Beekeeper, Carpenter, Honey Bee Researcher
Dr. Noah Wilson-Rich
Honey Bee Researcher
President and CEO, Best Bees Company™