Earth day Buzz at the Zoo
$2 off kids admission 9am-noon!
What is BeeWise?
The BeeWise Program is a grant-funded program through the Colorado State University (CSU) – Extension Office. STEAM / 4-H Youth Development Extension Agent Jane Crayton recently won two grants totaling $32,500 to create the BeeWise Program, compliments of eXtension Foundation and Colorado 4-H Foundation. She also received a technology donation from SparkFun to help prototype the sensor components for the smart hive. BeeWise is a 21st Century beekeeping program that integrates Internet of Things (IoT), Maker Ed and Citizen Science to provide expanded Science Technology Engineering Arts and Math (STEAM) opportunities for youth in Pueblo County.
“These grants are delivering hands-on science, technology, engineering and math education using project-based arts that will have a real impact in Pueblo's ability to attract future technology businesses. Extension youth programs using these technologies are aiming to deliver 21st century education, especially in areas where youth will learn to build and make with technology, not just consume it! AgTech is a real potential area of economic development in Pueblo, and this project demonstrates the future potential for integrating technology into agricultural programs” Crayton said.
The native insect bee wall, smart hive, and the pollination garden will be used throughout this summer’s BeeWise Summer Camp and a Pollinator Maker Workshop series to provide experiential opportunities for youth and the public to interact with pollinators.
What is the Plant. Grow. Fly. garden?
The purpose of Pueblo’s Plant.Grow.Fly. initiative is to create critical habitats for pollinators like butterflies, bees, and birds, while encouraging the Pueblo community to engage in nature-play and xeric, native-plant gardening. On zoo grounds, the Plant.Grow.Fly. project will transform an un-used meadow, providing a beautiful space with winding paths, demonstration gardens, nature-play areas, an outdoor classroom, and interpretive sculptures by local artists. Beyond the zoo, an ongoing community initiative will engage Southern Colorado residents in creating their own registered Plant.Grow.Fly. gardens. Once their unique garden is created, they will join a community of creators dedicated to preserving native plants and pollinators.
9am-9:30am - Introduction of BeeWise program and Plant. Grow. Fly. garden
9:30am-10am - Waggle Dange game with Jane Crayton of CSU Extension
10am-10:30am - Learn about native bees with Ray Story from the Butterfly Pavilion
10:30am-11am - Learn about ideal pollinator plants with Master Gardener Deb Hibbert
11am-11:30am - Learn about beekeeping equipment, watch a demo, and get hands-on with Scott Stevenson from the Pueblo County Beekeepers Association
11:30am-12pm - BeeWise program ribbon cutting