Pollinator Series Event

ORREC presents honeybees to Curry County K-5 students as we grow and expand to offer new and fresh programming for all ages.  This event is part of our “Pollinator Series.”

Pollinator EcoCamp enables local students to explore science through a bee hive.

Honeybees give students an opportunity to apply their classroom skills in the great outdoors. This special event will also offer our most bee-savvy locals a chance to share all they know about our local bees with students.

Get ready for an incredible introduction to bees as important pollinators.

Upcoming Event Details

The first annual Pollinator EcoCamp by ORREC (www.orrec.org) in association with OSU Master Gardeners, Oregon South Coast BeeKeepers Association, and Brookings Monarch Advocates will be providing all Curry County 6th graders and 5 additional seventh graders from Port Orford the opportunity to learn about local pollinators. The children will learn how to identify a pollinator, their biology, and the plants that are essential to their lives and function. This is the first in a series of ORREC STEM events on pollination and its importance to our county, region and world. The Pollinator EcoCamp event is October 5-6th, from 9am-12:30pm it will be held at the Curry County Fairgrounds at 29392 Ellensburg Avenue, Gold Beach, OR 97444 in the Showcase Building. Please call Lily Miller, Community Outreach Coordinator, at 541-425-5488, for more information.

A Few Event Objectives:

  • To bring our local honeybees to the forefront of resource education through hands on activities and explorations.
  • To highlight the relationship between our local bee experts, jarred honey and honeybees.
  • To present the honeybee as an integral species in our local food web.
  • To demonstrate how the honeybee is a keystone species in our local ecosystem.
  • To teach children about different types of honey through taste demonstrations.
  • To provide students with an opportunity to learn more about beekeeping tools and methods.

EVENT CLIFF NOTES

A honey bee (or honeybee) is any member of the genus Apis, primarily distinguished by the production and storage of honey and the construction of perennial, colonial nests from wax. Currently, only seven species of honey bee are recognized, with a total of 44 subspecies,[1] though historically six to eleven species are recognized. The best known honey bee is the Western honey bee which has been domesticated for honey production and crop pollination. Honey bees represent only a small fraction of the roughly 20,000 known species of bees.[2] Some other types of related bees produce and store honey, including the stingless honey bees, but only members of the genus Apis are true honey bees. The study of bees including honey bees is known as melittology.