To date, The Bee Cause Project has provided hives for 300 schools in 50 states and 4 countries that are a part of the Bee Cause community.
The Mission of The Bee Cause Project is to provide youth with opportunities to understand, engage, and learn from honey bees in order to connect with the natural environment while developing STEAM skills.
The Vision of Bee Cause Project is a world in which future generations have the skills necessary to act as stewards of the natural environment through careers in STEAM.
Ted Dennard is the President and Founder of The Bee Cause Project. He is also President and Founder of The Savannah Bee Company, one of the most vibrant small companies in the honey industry.
Ted grew up on St. Simon’s Island, Georgia, and was first introduced to honey as a 12-year old boy. An elderly beekeeper named Roy Hightower offered young Ted an education in beekeeping, which opened his eyes to a world of magic and wonder that remains with him 30 years later.
For Ted, the love of bees is way of life. He kept bees in high school and college. He taught beekeeping to village farmers in Jamaica through the Peace Corps. He traveled to New Zealand, Vietnam, Ireland and France to learn the native beekeeping practices.
He is committed to educating children and adults alike about the important role honeybees play in the ecosystems they inhabit.
Tami Enright is the Executive Director of The Bee Cause Project. She started beekeeping by putting two hives in her front yard garden on Isle of Palms, SC – to help teach her four children about ecology and natural science.
Tami became hooked on bees and beekeeping and soon was asked to teach beekeeping to the children at a local residential school in Awendaw, Windwood Farms.
Tami has expanded her backyard beekeeping hobby into all aspects of her life: She manages The Bee Cause apiary with over 40 traditional honeybee hives, provides educational services and hands-on experiences with honeybees to help enrich the lives of all children in her extended community, and installs honeybee observation hives in schools across the country to promote honeybee awareness among the next generation.
I have spent several decades enjoying my world of horticulture and landscaping. However, about five years ago, I became fascinated with honeybees and added beekeeping to my credentials!
I was hand-pollinating my lemon trees and other plantings at my own home because there were no pollinators in my yard and finally slowed down to find a better way. I started researching what I could do other than hand-pollinate (found out about a local beekeeping association that was holding a weekend Introduction to Beekeeping class). I asked my neighbor and good friend, Tami, to come to the class with me. The rest is history. She and I became backyard beekeepers together; we shared equipment; helped each other harvest honey; checked on each other’s bees when the other traveled; got both our houses on the No Spray list with the city, etc. She became involved with The Bee Cause, and when I retired from my day job I was able to start volunteering with her.
I love helping with The Bee Cause - working at honeybee related events, talking with folks about the importance of honeybees, visiting schools and educating kids on the environment and helping kids slow down to think about the part honeybees play in the natural world. It is my pleasure to volunteer with The Bee Cause and give back to my community and to the honeybees. And, I LOVE watching the bees work in the BeeCause Observation Honeybee Hives.
Tom is the owner/operator of Queen & Comb Apiaries, a small scale beekeeping operation in Charleston, SC. Tom started keeping bees in 2011, after catching a swarm.
In 2012 he apprenticed with a commercial beekeeper outside of Asheville, NC for the season, managing over 400 colonies. A passionate advocate and educator of all things honeybees, there is nothing he would rather be doing than sharing his love and knowledge of this most awesome insect.
He began volunteering for The Bee Cause Project after moving to Charleston in 2014. He now manages 24 of the Observation Hives in the Charleston area, ensuring that they are happy and healthy.
He also volunteers in the community teaching kids and adults about the importance of pollinators and helps promote The Bee Cause Project through tabling at events in town.