The Southern Arizona Beekeepers Association participates in outreach activities including special events and visiting schools to teach and inform the general public relating to honey bees and the beekeeping industry. If you are a community organizer or teacher and are interested in having SAZBA talk to your group or do a presentation please contact us.
Everybody is welcome to join our monthly meetings! You do not have to be a member to attend.
November 21, 2023
JOHNSON PRIMARY School
SAZBA was invited on NOVEMBER 21 to the JOHNSON PRIMARY School to participate in their STEAM event. During this event they celebrate Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math in a fun atmosphere filled with games, puzzles, and activities focused on STEAM. Teachers and organizations from the community had demonstrations of activities and strategies to use at home to support the students. Students and their families got to learn about honeybees and see an observation beehive. SAZBA member, and Board of Director, Carl Hilber, manned the tables to answer questions. Carl says, "The marked queen was the star of the show. Her red marking made it easy for people to find her, and the kids got pretty excited when they spotted her. There was also a lot of interest in honeybee lifecycles. Many were surprised by their relatively short lifespan. The lifecycle poster was very helpful in allowing me explain their “jobs” in the hive as they aged. There was also quite a bit of interest in swarming and colony reproductive cycles." Carl estimated attendance to be around 30-40 people, SAZBA also provided handouts for the kids and also a recommended Pollinator Beneficial plant list flyer.
October 23, 2023
Tucson Organic Gardeners
SAZBA ￼members set up today at the Tucson Organic Gardeners fall festival. There was ￼great community participation, and we reached talking to around 175 people all about bees! They got their questions answered, got to meet the bees in the observation hive, and took handouts about what to plant during a dearth for the pollinators and about the Southern Arizona Beekeepers Association. ￼ Volunteers included Will, Susan, Dave, Carl, ￼ Jill, and Monica.
September 16, 2023
Pancake Breakfast in Arivaca
The small town of Arivaca has been a strong supporter of SAZBA and over the years has contributed to our fundraising efforts by supporting several pancake breakfasts hosted by member, Christine Stockwell, as well as donating to a passive collection jar in the General Store. As a means of showing our appreciation the club put on a free pancake breakfast in the Arivaca Community Center. In addition to enjoying a delicious pancake breakfast, SAZBA President Will Fitz and Vice President Monica King each provided educational sessions on Southern Arizona Beekeepers Association, Africanized bees and recent beekeeping history in S.AZ, Pollinators & Pesticides and Tucson backyard bees. The event was enjoyed by approximately 100 guests. Christine stated that she "appreciates the club for coming out to help with the pancake breakfast. If it wasn't for everyone's help it wouldn't go as effortlessly as it does. Continue Beeing who you all are; I love working with you all. To Both Susans Thank you for keeping the batter ready. You both Rock".
There were a number of volunteers: In the picture: Dave, Edita, Christina, Susan, Kalo, Monica, Will, and Susan. Not in the picture: Michael, Tom, Patrick, and Dottie. More pictures of the event are in Our Gallery.
March 4 & 5, 2023
SAZBA was invited to set up with Friends of the Desert Legumes at the Tucson Festival of Books, Science City Tent. This was our second year at this enormous event with over 150,000 people attending! According to a clicker being used, we interacted with over 2,000 visitors! This year we received approval to bring an observation hive. The bees were a huge hit! Our little corner was continuously busy with her royal highness laying eggs right in front of guests. Volunteers included: William Fitz (President), Monica King (VP), Susan McClintock (Board of Director), Michael Shipman (Tech Advisor), and Jacqueline Soule.
March 16, 2023
SAZBA Vice President, Monica King, spoke to the Southern Arizona Arborists Group, with around 11 people in attendance, about Honeybee Health, Pesticides & Herbicides, and Citrus Greening.
November 11, 2023
Arizona Honeybee Festival in Phoenix
On November 11th SAZBA hosted a table at the Arizona Honeybee Festival in Phoenix. Monica King, Christine Stockwell, Dave and Susan McClintock and visiting beekeeper Linda Miksa interacted with approximately 220 attendees. We had the added bonus of getting to know the other Arizona beekeeping clubs 🐝. Monica taught a class on "Disaster Preparedness for Beekeepers.". Overall the event was a huge success!
October 3, 2023
SAZBA VP, Monica King, visited with a small Girl Scout Troop of 6 girls, ages 6-10, to talk bees. It was only fitting as the troops crest is the Bee, symbolizing hard work & industry. The bee can show that the girls want to inspire others through their words & deeds. They got to hold a drone, see and name a queen bee, taste honeycomb, see through bee goggles , put together bee anatomy, touch drone & worker bee brood and much more! One of their younger brothers also attended and became a honey monster devouring several pieces of fresh honeycomb Monica brought from a removal she did the night before. 🤩
March 2, 2023
SAZBA President, William Fitz, spoke to the Flowing Wells High School Culinary Club about Honeybee Biology, Beekeeping, and Honey Production.
March 11, 2023
SAZBA attended the Tucson Organic Gardeners Spring Fair. Our estimated outreach was around 350 people! This was a wonderful event and plant addicts paradise! We handed out flyers recommending pollinator beneficial plants for periods of dearth. Volunteers included: William Fitz (President), Monica King (VP), Susan McClintock (Board of Directors), Cheryl Dierks (Secretary).