National Honey Bee Day August 17, 2013

The goal of the National Honey Bee Day program, is to magnify the many smaller programs across the country into a larger marketed program, benefiting from the voice and participating of many. Regardless of your efforts, small or large, get involved!

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.

We get many questions asking how to have a program. Many are looking for suggestions and ideas to present to their bee associations.

Past programs 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

Any program that is open to the public and focuses on education of the bee industry should be your goal.

What we ask of associations and individuals putting on a National Honey Bee Day program

* The program be open and free to the public.* The program is focused on education and expansion of the bee industry.

Boise, ID – City of Bees for a Day

Boise, Idaho, “City of the Bees” for a day Mayoral Proclamation

For National Honey Bee Day, the Treasure Valley Beekeeper’s Club is sponsoring the film “More Than Honey’ here at the local theater (The Flicks To cap this event off, John Miller, a commercial beekeeper featured in the film, has graciously agreed to stop over in Boise on his way between his beeyards in North Dakota and California and offer his comments on bees, the film and the world. That’s going to be huge for our Club. (full details @

To add icing to the cake, today Mayor Bieter (“Bee-ter” how fitting!) issued an official Mayoral Proclamation changing the City’s motto for the day. For August 17, when John’s in town, we’ll be the “City of Bees.”

Steve Sweet
Treasure Valley Beekeepers
Boise, ID