BENEFITING: LONG ISLAND CHILDRENS MUSEUM
Honeybees are vital to our ecosystem and our food supply. Unfortunately, the honeybee population is decreasing rapidly worldwide due to a mysterious and serious threat called colony collapse disorder. Without enough honeybees, our fruit and vegetable crops will eventually disappear! We can help these vital and important creatures through education and supporting bee colonies.
The Long Island Children’s Museum (LICM) is committed to supporting the local honeybee population and educating the community about the importance of bees. The Museum’s Feast for Beasts exhibit features a large indoor observation bee hive, which is home to more than 20,000 bees. The hive is housed between large sheets of plexi-glass allowing visitors to observe the bees hard at work building combs, filling them with honey and, of course, tending to the Queen. It is fascinating for children to safely observe a live working hive from this up-close viewpoint. The bees have access to the outside through a tube connected to the hive so they can come and go at will.
Through this exhibit feature, children learn how bees collect pollen, make honey and that honeybees are responsible for some of their favorite foods. They learn about the important role of bees in our ecosystem and how to help combat colony collapse. The exhibit provides awareness and inspires families to find ways to support honeybees in their own neighborhoods once they leave the Museum.
LICM offers programming throughout the year to support the goals of the exhibit area. In the summer, the Museum hosts “Honey Hoopla,” which celebrates honeybees and the vital role they play in the environment. Visitors have the opportunity to meet LICM’s resident beekeeper, Carl Flatow, observe how honey is harvested from the combs and taste the fresh honey! Themed art activities are also specially designed for children to celebrate bees. In addition, the Museum has hosted “Bats, Bees and Butterflies,” presented by wildlife expert Rob Mies in the LICM Theater. The program offered to the public and school groups teaches children about these important creatures, their impact on the food we eat every day and what we can do to help with conservation efforts.
We are asking for your support to enhance and grow this interesting and important exhibit at LICM so that we can continue to educate children and families about bees. Your donation will be used to expand our honeybee area by:
· Enhancing the design and structure of our observational hive as it grows.
· Installing special probes to monitor hive weight and temperature which provide vital information for the bee keeper to maintain optimum health for the hive.
· Supporting educational programs and events that promote the important role honeybees play in keeping our planet healthy.
Your support is crucial to help LICM continue to raise awareness through this popular exhibit and public programming. We hope you will bee inspired to join us in supporting honeybees and urging our neighbors to do the same! For more information on LICM and our exhibit, please visit us at www.licm.org.
FOr a donation of $20 (or more) you can name one of LICM's bees. Your bee name will be displayed near the LICM Observational Hive in the Museum. In addition to donating, you can support this project by sharing our campaign with your friends on Facebook, Twitter and email by clicking on the links at the bottom of this page.
Thank you for your support!
About LICM The Long Island Children’s Museum welcomes more than 240,000 visitors annually and is an award winning, nationally and internationally recognized non-profit institution dedicated to providing culture, art and educational experiences to children and their families across Long Island and the metropolitan area. Through its mission, the Museum connects all our communities’ children, and those who care for them, to one another and to a life of wonder, imagination and exploration. Here, children discover their passions and their relationship to the world we share. LICM believes that children learn best by seeing, touching and doing and are motivated to learn when they are having fun.
Photos: Carl Flatow