Dickinson's Bee Cooperative
The Hive is the newest living laboratory at Dickinson. The Hive engages students, staff, and faculty in learning about sustainability problems and solutions through the direct experience of beekeeping, honey production and community building. Two European honey bee hives (Apis mellifera) were installed behind Rector Hall in Fall 2016. Since then The Hive volunteers have been charged with the care and keeping of the bees as well as educating the campus community about bees, habitat, pollination, honey and value added product generation. Ultimately, learning by doing.
Keeping honey bees is in immensely rewarding experience, but The Hive @ Dickinson is about much more than just keeping bees so they make us honey and money. Members of The Hive advocate for pollinator-friendly policies, build and improve native bee habitats on and off campus, and particpate in educational programs on the significance of pollinators and the challenges facing them.
For more information contact:
Center for Sustainability Education