The 4-H Beekeeping Project helps youth learn about bees and how to be a beekeeper. Beekeeping offers many hands-on educational experiences, from learning about bees and nectar to learning to raise bees and produce honey.

The 4-H Beekeeping Project is divided into three divisions. Division I, Understanding the Honey Bee, covers information on the basic facts of beekeeping: the types of bees, the honey and wax they produce, the plants that attract bees, and the equipment a beekeeper needs. In the first year, youth are not required to have any bees, but prepare to take care of a honey bee colony of their own.

Division I Beekeeping is intended to help youth learn about:

  •  the types of bees, honey, and wax they produce;
  • the plants that attract bees;
  • the equipment that a beekeeper needs;
  • how to compile beekeeping records;
  • how to present the results of their work to others;
  • how to develop inquiring minds—the habit of asking questions and searching for answers.