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Experience the
awesome wonder
of the honey bee.


Check out our free
Hive Alive Curriculum


Join our Ask a Beekeeper online forum"


Join us at
the farm for
Sanctuary Days.

Hive Alive!

Sweet Virginia is dedicated to helping educators teach students about the honey bee. We have reached thousands of local elementary school students with our in-class Hive Alive! program. In late 2016, we launched Hive Alive! Digital, a global online forum including lesson plans, to share the wonder of the honey bee with students around the world.

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Community Flowers

Since launching our Community Flowers program, we have delivered over 100K flowers. They have made a lot of people happy. When the bees have had their fill, our Community Flowers program relies on volunteers to harvest the flowers and deliver them to folks in care facilities.

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Sweet Virginia

Honey bees have fascinated humanity across cultures and around the world since the beginning of recorded history. By learning about honey bees, even young children can begin to sense that purpose permeates everything and that the world and its creatures are ordered, wondrous, and awe-inspiring.

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Become a volunteer or partner.

Our programs rely on you. Volunteers run our Community Flowers program, educators use our materials to teach children about the wonder of the natural world, and generous individuals and organizations make it possible with funding.


Featured Resource

Use this resource in your classroom today.

We’ve created a special summer activity calendar for kids. The calendar features one bee-related challenge every day during the month of July. Teachers, parents, and kids are welcome to download the calendar and enjoy the fun.


Perhaps the most important thing that we can do to help the honey bees is to teach children to understand the role that honey bees play and to care about them.

Allison Gillespie
Hives in the City: Keeping Honey Bees Alive in an Urban World

Education Partner

We partnered with the National Geographic Society to produce a two-minute video that demonstrates the importance of honey bees. At Sweet Virginia Foundation, our mission is to provide in-classroom instruction and host field trips to our honey bee sanctuary delivering a hands-on experience to students of all ages. Check out the video to learn more about these pollinators.


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