On August 18th join HoneyLove as we celebrate National Honey Bee Day to honor the insect responsible for more than 1/3 of the food we eat with beekeepers, beekeeping clubs and associations, and honey bee enthusiasts from all across the country. We take this opportunity to celebrate honey bees and recognize their contribution to our everyday lives as a means of protecting this critical species for future generations. We also pay homage to beekeepers, whose labors ensure we have bees to pollinate our crops.
The National Honey Bee Day program started with a simple concept. Bring together beekeepers, bee associations, as well as other interested groups to connect with the communities to advance beekeeping. By working together and harnessing the efforts that so many already accomplish, and using a united effort one day a year, the rewards and message is magnified many times over. We encourage bee associations, individuals, and other groups to get involved. The program is free and open to all.
The primary goals of your National Honey Bee Day Programs should include:
1) Promotion and advancement of beekeeping.
2) Educate the public about honey bees and beekeeping.
3) Make the public aware of environmental concerns as they affect honey bees.
Looking for a suggestion on what to do at your National Honey Bee Day Event?
Any program that is free and open to the public which focuses on honey bees and/or beekeeping education are welcome!
Past events from around the country have included:
* Open apiary programs
* Honey tasting events
* County fair booths
* Environmental center programs
* Membership drives – beginner class
* Movie showings
* Education table or program as part of another event
PARTICIPANTS: Please submit your contact information and details of your NHBD planned event so we can include your group on our website!
View current event list by clicking here!
Please consider making a donation to HoneyLove in support of National Honey Bee Day. Your contributions will support our programs and allow us to provide educational bee material to schools, environmental centers, and programs across the country for National Honey Bee Day.
Want to learn the National Honey Bee Day Waggle Dance? Watch the video below!
Important Message to Beekeepers, Bee Groups, and the Public:
While great strides have been made in recent years in getting ordinances passed allowing beekeeping once again in many parts of the country, there are also ongoing efforts in some locations trying to ban or severely restrict beekeeping elsewhere. Building support within your own community is as important as ever in the bee industry.
Please invite key local politicians such as the mayor, township supervisors, zoning board members, and state politicians to your National Honey Bee Day event. Build bridges, and connect with others who could possibly help in the future. The bee industry, and your local bee community can benefit greatly from connecting with others and getting more educated in beekeeping.
Special thanks to all those at the Jimmy Carter National Historical Site in Georgia for their participation and support of National Honey Bee Day and honey bees everywhere.
Department of Agriculture Proclamation from the Secretary of Agriculture of the United States of America.
Save the dates for future National Honey Bee Days
3rd Saturday in August: Aug 17, 2019 | Aug 15, 2020 | August 21, 2021
The National Honey Bee Day program is always striving to build upon the existing program and expand our outreach while moving forward. We value feedback and constructive comments. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any suggestions or questions.