From now on, May 20 is a date to remember. A date dedicated to the bee, an initiative of the UN and the FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations).
Nevertheless, if World Bees Day was created, it is not so much to honor the bee and pay tribute to it but to preserve it from the dangers that threaten its life and the survival of its species.
We offer you four ideas for World Bee Day activities that will encourage your children to protect the most precious pollinator!
Remove the sting from negative perceptions
Today, many people are scared of bees because they think they will be stung. And as a fact, only female bees can sting, so that already eliminates half the bee population from any threat. Then there are about 500 species of stingless bees! The truth is that most bees do not sting, and this happens when they feel in danger.
Furthermore, bees are essential to ensure the prosperity of crops and encourage photosynthesis to obtain breathable oxygen. And finally, everyone knows that bees produce honey but they can also make:
- Natural health products
Visit an apiary
Visiting a local apiary will give your children an expert-guided tour, and an insightful look at how bees are cared for and ultimately do the excellent work. Bee farms and apiaries also often offer participants the opportunity to purchase bee products to eat immediately (yum!) and use at school or at home, which reverberates in the hearts and minds of children long after the visit. Search an apiary that offers tours near you, and plan your day accordingly!
Create a pollinator garden
A fun way to learn about bees while directly helping to save them is to build a sustainable home where they can thrive. The five steps to creating a pollinator garden:
- Blooms all summer long: Plants with different bloom times are chosen. This way, pollinators will be able to feed throughout the season, and the garden will be glorious all summer long.
- Close groupings of plants: Arrange round patches at least one meter in diameter that includes plants of the same species. The colors and scents will be more attractive to pollinators, and the quantity will be a good food source for them.
- A wide variety of flowers: Do not hesitate to choose flowers of different shapes: corolla, umbrella, compound, of various depths. You will attract a greater variety of pollinators.
- Incorporate native plants: Having evolved simultaneously as pollinators, native plants are perfectly adapted to their needs.
- Avoid insecticides: Avoid especially insecticides that significantly affect bees.
Indeed, young creative minds can use it to mold figurines, decorations, and scented crayons. But that’s not all. Beeswax can also be used as a component to make valuable items such as candles, lip balm, lip gloss, moisturizers, mustache wax, hair pomades, shoe, and furniture polish, and even surfboard wax!
The bees at Fairmont Mayakoba
Fairmont Hotels & Resorts has been committed to protecting the environment for more than 25 years. To date, Fairmont hotels have more than 40 honeybee and wild bee apiaries on their properties worldwide.
Fairmont Mayakoba grows rare “Melipona” bees that produce the rarest and most exclusive type of Honey, known for its medicinal properties. Also known as the “sacred Mayan bees,” ancient Mayan communities cultivated them to improve their health and cure many diseases. The bees are native to the Yucatan Peninsula and have no stinger, so there is no fear of being stung!
- Relieves digestive system disorders
- Problems with the circulatory system
- Ideal for the respiratory system (cough or sore throat)
- Strengthens the immune system
- Calms fever
- Insect bites
- Ocular affections
- For the healing of wounds
- Skin imperfections
Be sure to visit them after you finish your soothing treatment at our spa!
By: Lisa Guerin