Most beekeepers in South Jersey belong to the South Jersey Beekeepers Association. While a few of us "seasoned" beekeepers were sitting around at a monthly meeting, we noticed there were many children there (besides my son). We soon realized that if beekeeping was to survive, we need to begin educating the youth in this fascinating and unique hobby. We approached the Gloucester County 4-H office and presented them with a plan to introduce Beekeeping as a 4-H club. The administration embraced the idea and even provided us with an area in which we can keep bees and educate the members. The 4-H Foragers Beekeing club was born.
Note: We do not bring in live bees into the presentation.
Giving a tour of the bee yard.
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Kozy Acres is dedicated to educating the public as to the benefit of honey bees. Many people think that honey bees only produce honey. In fact, the benefits are far more reaching. Below is a list of some of the, perhaps unknown benefits of the honey bee:
Thanks to the increased media coverage in recent years, the plight of the honey bee has become very visible. It seems that every few years, a new disease, parasite or fungus threatens the honey bee population. It's through education, that the general publc can help
4-H Foragers - Beekeeping Club
Classroom/ Organization Presentations
We have developed presentations for a variety of audiences. For a very nominal fee (cover the costs of travel and supplies), we provide an hour-long presentation focusing on the dynamics of the hive, the importance of the honey bee and what you can do to help the honey bee.
Kozy Acres has embraced educating the public through several activities:
Honey bee's are responsible for 1/3 of our food supply. Imagine the soci0-economic impact associated with loosing 1/3 of the world's food.
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The 4-H foragers is open to any child between the ages of 7 and 18. During the winter month's (Nov. - Mar) we meet at the Gloucester County Extension office in Clayton, NJ from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.. The summer month's meetings are held at the bee yard in Cecil, New Jersey. we typically arrive around 6 and stay until 8 weather and light permitting. For more information, please contact one of the leaders at:
We can come to your classroom and provide your students with an age-appropriate presentation and students will get a color book describing the family of honey bees in a typical colony and a honey stick. We have discovered over the years that many children haven't even tasted honey.
If you have an organization (rotary club, VFW etc.), we can come and provide a presentation to educate your members on the life and benefits of the honey bee.
Below are a few pictures of the 4-H Foragers working the bees...