Bayer’s North American Bee Care Center
, located in Research Triangle Park, NC, has become the focal point for its community involvement and outreach since its opening in April 2014. The Center hosted more than 3,000 visitors during its first year of operation. With an interactive learning center, on-site demonstration honey bee hives and a screened hive observation center, the site has welcomed visitors including beekeepers, growers, regulators, university researchers, Girl Scouts, teachers and more. In addition, the Center hosts educational programs and meetings for many groups, such as the Honey Bee Health Coalition
and National Watermelon Promotion Board Queens Program
. Tours are available to the general public at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Click here for more information or to schedule a tour
The Bayer Bee Care Program seeks to improve bees’ access to the pollen and nectar that they need for food through the Feed a Bee
campaign. People are encouraged to help toward the campaign goal of growing 50 million flowers and thousands of acres of forage habitat for bees in 2015.
The Bayer Bee Care Program extends its outreach by building relationships and sharing information at agriculture and beekeeping trade shows, conferences and meetings; by educating about bee health at events through the year including National Pollinator Week
; and by sponsoring the Bee Care Community Leadership Award
. Important links are made to youth through outreach to the National FFA Organization, providing grants to inspire interest in agriculture and apiculture professions
Sharing bee health messages across the country, the Bee Care Program also hosted a two-year mobile Bee Care Tour
that brought an interactive bee health educational experience to more than 2,400 people in seven U.S. states
and one Canadian province
. The Tour brought an interactive exhibit to agriculture universities across the country to provide stewardship workshops and foster discussion and collaboration among growers, beekeepers, researchers, media, consumers and other stakeholders and to raise awareness of the health challenges impacting honey bees.