Emily Dickinson once wrote “To make a prairie it takes a clover and one bee / One clover, and a bee / and revery. / The revery alone will do / If bees are few.” Unfortunately today, in the era of colony collapse, we may soon be testing Dickinson’s theory of whether we can create a prairie (or sustain agriculture, or enjoy a beautiful garden) if bees are few.
Thankfully, Indiana is home to scientists and ecologists valiantly working to save bees and help them become more resilient. Join us for an adults-only Field Trip to Purdue’s Entomology Labs and research gardens, where we’ll learn about efforts to create an “Indiana Queen,” how to counter colony collapse and the reasons why humans and bees need each other. Along the way, we’ll read short literary texts that help us think and talk about these and other questions, followed by sweet honey-themed snacks and drinks.
Please note: We will be around bees and you may be stung. If you are allergic to bees, please take caution.