Gateway to the Arctic Camp started keeping honey bees in the summer of 2018. We started with just 300 (what we later discovered is considered a small hive) and set up their home near the garden. Our intern Hallie took on the role of head beekeeper and fed them sugar water (a bee’s favorite). The bees worked hard all summer and built up a large amount of honeycomb in their box.
In January, we received a $2,500 grant from Bayer Bee Care to go toward our bees and create a pollinator forage. We’ll be using the money to plant native wildflowers and expand our honey bee program. This year, we’re starting with a hive of 20,000 honey bees, and we’re excited to continue teaching our campers and employees about the important roles these pollinators play in our ecosystem. With the help of local bee experts, we look forward to what’s to come and hope to start harvesting honey in 2020.