The Native Bee House by The Bee Conservancy
Home is where the heart is—and that’s going to be especially true for bees across the United States and Canada.

We’re thrilled to announce the recipients of the 2020 Sponsor-a-Hive program, a wide range of schools, gardens, and community groups willing to open their hearts and roll up their sleeves to help build a more sustainable future.

TBC’s flagship program gifts bee homes, equipment, and educational support to awardees, and for the 2020 award focused exclusively on native bee homes. This emphasis comes at a critical time: in the midst of an environmental crisis that has left one in four of North America’s 4,000 bee species at risk of extinction. The Sponsor-a-Hive program gives local communities a chance to protect the keystone species that are responsible for pollinating one-third of the food we eat and lie at the heart of countless ecosystems — all while bolstering local ecology, food production, educational programs, and community resilience.

Designed with sustainability, bee health, and user-friendliness in mind, The Bee Conservancy’s exclusive bee house design is constructed with Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified, sustainably-sourced pine. The houses are manufactured by Brooklyn Woods, an organization that trains unemployed and low-income New Yorkers for woodworking careers. (Read about our collaboration with them here!) 

The Bee Conservancy wishes to thank everyone who applied, and extend a reminder that applications are now open for the 2021 Sponsor-a-Hive award, which is also for native bee houses, through this link. And note: the previous requirement to include the 510c3 number or the Canada Revenue Agency Registration Number proving nonprofit status has been lifted.

Production of The Bee Conservancy's native bee house

Bee-hind the scenes: Building bee homes at Brooklyn Woods.

Without further ado, here are the 2020 Sponsor-a-Hive awardees who, depending on their scope and scale of impact, received one or two of our exclusive native bee houses! (Note: this list is updated regularly as we receive confirmation of acceptance from our awardees.)

 

College & University
  • City of Orlando (Orlando, FL)
  • Highland Community Ministries (Louisville, KY)
  • Kingsbridge Heights Community Center (Kingsbridge, BX)
Community Gardens
  • Brooklyn Heights Community Garden (Nashville, TN)
  • Circle of Light Associates (COLA) (Saint Louis, MO)
  • Earth Folk Collective/ Fonticello Food Forest (Richmond, VA)
  • East Cooper Land Trust (Mt. Pleasant, SC)
  • Go Green Meridian (Meridian, MS)
  • Growling Garden (Pocatello, ID)
  • International Rescue Committee (New York, NY)
  • Libby’s Legacy Breast Cancer Foundation (Orlando, FL)
  • Love A Sea Turtle – LAST (Winterville, NC)
  • NDSU Extension: Dickey County (Ellendale, ND)
  • ONE More… ONE Less Mentoring (Baltimore, MD)
  • Open Space Committee (Pembroke, MA)
  • RONS Farm-AC Center Inc (New Baltimore, MI))
  • St. Michael’s University Church (Isla Vista, CA)
  • The Open Door (Eagan, MN)
  • Bees in the D (Detroit, MI)
  • Brooklyn Heights Community Garden (Nashville, TN)
  • Circle of Light Associates (COLA) (Saint Louis, MO)
  • Earth Folk Collective/ Fonticello Food Forest (Richmond, VA)
  • East Cooper Land Trust (Mt. Pleasant, SC)
  • Go Green Meridian (Meridian, MS)
  • Growling Garden (Pocatello, ID)
  • International Rescue Committee (New York, NY)
  • Libby’s Legacy Breast Cancer Foundation (Orlando, FL)
  • Love A Sea Turtle – LAST (Winterville, NC)
  • ONE More… ONE Less Mentoring (Baltimore, MD)
  • Open Space Committee (Pembroke, MA)
  • RONS Farm-AC Center Inc (New Baltimore, MI))
  • St. Michael’s University Church (Isla Vista, CA)
Elementary Schools
  • Ancona School (Chicago, IL)
  • Antwerp Local Schools (Antwerp, OH)
  • Aurora Waasakone Community of Learners (Bemidji, MN)
  • Baltic School and Community Garden (Baltic, SD)
  • Chicago City Day School (Chicago, IL)
  • Colo-NESCO Elementary (Zearing, IA)
  • Community Roots Academy (Laguna Niguel, CA)
  • El Dorado Gifted and Talented Department of El Dorado Public School Sysytem (El Dorado, AR)
  • Fauquier County Public Schools (Warrenton, VA)
  • First Baptist Church School (Beeville, TX)
  • Hawlemont Regional (Charlemont, MA)
  • Joseph H. Brensinger Elementary School PS 17 (Jersey City, NJ)
  • Penn Alexander (Philadelphia, PA)
  • Priceville Elementary (Decatur, AL)
  • Queen of Peace School (Salem, OR)
  • R.B. Wright Elementary (Moultrie, GA)
  • Red Cottage Montessori School (Red Wing, MN)
  • Reeths-Puffer Schools (Muskegon, MI)
  • Sand Hill (Carrollton, GA)
  • Stony Brook Elementary (Pennington, NJ)
  • The Waldorf School of Atlanta (Decatur, GA)

 

Environmental Center
  • Cedar Crest Camp, Cedar Crest Environmental Education (Lyles, TN)
  • Genovesi Environmental Study Center (Brooklyn, NY)
  • Greenbelt Conservancy (Staten Island, NY)
  • Hawk Mountain Earth Center (Newark, NJ)
  • Intervale Center (Burlington, VT)
  • Oglebay Institute’s Schrader Environmental Education Center (Wheeling, WV)
  • Severson Learning Center (Cambridge, WI)
  • Sugar Grove Nature Center (McLean, IL)
Food Bank or Community Garden
  • Keep Genesee County Beautiful (Flint, MI)
  • The Open Door (Eagan, MN)
High Schools
  • John Bowne H.S. Agriculture Program (Flushing, NY)
  • OHS HOO Club (Ooltewah, TN)
  • Pathways at Pine Grove/South Alternative Learning Center (Melbourne, FL)
  • Ridgeview High School National Honor Society (Green Cove Springs, FL)
  • Save the Bees Club- Oak Park High School (Oak Park, CA)
  • Sussex County Technical School (Sparta, NJ)
  • Tulsa School of Arts and Sciences (Tulsa, OK)
  • West Rowan FFA (Mt Ulla, NC)
Middle Schools
  • Arthur Morgan School (Burnsville, NC)
  • Baldwin County Schools (Milledgeville, GA)
  • Berrien Middle School (Nashville, GA)
  • East Washington Middle School (Pekin, IN)
  • Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart (Bellevue, WA)
  • Lincoln Middle School (Pullman, WA)
  • Moore Intermediate School (Florence, SC)
  • PHMS Bee Club (Hutchinson, KS)
  • Renaissance Montessori School (Nokesville, VA)
  • Wayland Union Schools (Wayland, MI)
  • Westridge Middle School (Orlando, FL)
Nature Preserves
  • Friends of Garvies Point Museum and Preserve (Glen Cove, NY)
  • Ohio Bird Sanctuary (Mansfield, OH)
  • Pottawattamie Conservation (Council Bluffs, IA)
  • Wehr Nature Center (Franklin, WI)
Nonprofit Urban Farms
  • Benton Family Farm (Walton, KY)
  • Detroit Hives (Detroit, MI)
  • Earth Matter NY (New York, NY)
  • Mandy’s Farm (Albuquerque, NM)
  • Newburgh Urban Farm and Food, Inc. (Newburgh, NY)
  • Our Giving Garden (Mabletob, GA)
  • Samaritan Community Center (Rogers, AR)
  • Stacy’s Funny Farm (Lake Forest Park, WA)
  • Urban Harvest STL (St. Louis, MO)
  • Urban Roots MN (St. Paul, MN)
Other Nonprofit or Community Organization
  • Blackland Community Development Corporation (Austin, TX)
  • Bridges For Brain Injury (Farmington, NY)
  • Carry The Cross Ministries (Kansas City, KS)
  • Charlson Meadows (Excelsior, MN)
  • City of Hamilton, OH (Department of Neighborhoods) (Hamilton, OH)
  • East New York 4 Gardens (Brooklyn, Evans City Public Library (Evans City, PA)
  • Eastern Region Association of Forest and Nature Schools, INC. (Glen Arm, MD)
  • Evans City Public Library (Evans City, PA)
  • Hampton Master Gardeners (Hampton, VA)
  • Hawkeye Area Council, Boy Scouts of America (Cedar Rapids, IA)
  • Learning 4 LIfe Farm (Johnstown, OH)
  • Makoce Agriculture Development (Porcupine, SD)
  • Queens Botanical Garden (Flushing, NY)
  • R.E.A.C.H. Community Economic Development Corporation Inc. (Woodson, AR)
  • Seeds of Living Education (Hamburg, NY)
  • Slow Food USA, Inc. (Scottsdale, AR)
  • St. Mark’s & St. John’s Episcopal Church (Rochester, NY)
  • Tailored Rides Equine Assisted Therapy Inc (Paris, TX)
  • Thern Farm (New London, WI)
  • Virginia Free Farm at Spotted Pig Holler (Kents Store, VA)
  • Veterans’ Ecological Trades Collective (Centralia, WA)
  • Yeyo Arts Collective (St. Louis, MO)
  • Youth & Family Services, Inc. (Rapid City, SD)
Public Park
  • City of Binghamton Parks & Recreation (Binghampton, NY)
  • City of Ocala Florida Recreation and Parks (Ocala, FL)
  • Friends of Mill Ridge Park (Antioch, TN)
  • Mackinaw Area Historical Society (Mackinaw City, MI)
  • Sacajawea Interpretive, Cultural, & Educational Center (Salmon, ID)
  • Scissortail Park Foundation (Oklahoma City, OK)
  • The Battery Conservancy (New York, NY)
  • Washington Square Park Conservancy (New York, NY)
Tribal Organizations
  • Cherokee Nation (Tahlequah, OK)
  • Prairie Island Indian Community (Welch, MN)
Zoo
  • Prospect Park Zoo (Brooklyn, NY)
  • Queens Zoo (Queens, NY)
  • Staten Island Zoo (Staten Island, NY)
  • Wild Hearts African Farm (Lewisburg, OH)
  • Motley Zoo (Redmond, WA)