Summer Species: Bees

Let Buffalo Bayou Partnership show you what all the buzz is about during our Summer Species series highlighting bees. Discover the fascinating world of these busy insects through walks, talks, and crafts. View all events chronologically here or scroll below to view the events by category.

Friday, June 24 from 7-8:30am
Saturday, July 16 from 9-10:30am


Walks will depart from Lost Lake in Buffalo Bayou Park(3422 Allen Pkwy, Houston, TX 77019)

Bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, and other creatures transfer pollen among flowers, enabling the incredible diversity of plants on our planet to flower and fruit. Dr. Gabriela Sosa, BBP’s Conservation Manager, and a representative from Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, will lead you on a walk along Buffalo Bayou Park to identify those native plants and flowers that attract the necessary pollinators that the Buffalo Bayou ecosystem relies on.


Located at Yolanda Black Navarro Buffalo Bend Nature Park (2300 S Sgt Macario Garcia Dr., Houston, TX 77011)

Saturday, June 4 from 9-11am

Bee-themed crafts will be led by Laura Hernandez with Laurenzo Early Childhood Center.


Saturday, July 23
from 9-11am

Gardening for bees activity will be led by El Centro de Corazón.


Saturday, August 6
from 9-11am

In addition to seed ball making with BBP, bee-themed crafts will be led by Laura Hernandez Early Childhood Center.

Did you know there are about 35,000 honeybees in a hive?  Get up close and watch bees in action through an observatory beehive.  Learn the role of bees in a colony, how honey is made, the life span of a bee, and so much more!  Robby Robinson, BBP’s Field Operations Manager, who has nearly 50 years of experience beekeeping, will share his knowledge about raising bees along Buffalo Bayou.

Then, we’ll buzz over to another area for some kids crafts fun!

In addition to overseeing BBP’s Clean & Green program, Robby Robinson is 4th generation beekeeper with nearly 50 years of experience in beekeeping.


Located at the Architecture Center Houston (902 Commerce St., Houston TX 77002)

Want to know what the buzz is all about?  Join us during your lunch hour to learn why bees are so important to human survival.  You will also have a chance to view Architecture Center Houston’s current exhibition Architecture of Bees. This event has the option to bring your own lunch or order lunch in advance at registration.

Cost for no lunch: $10 for non-members and $5 for AIA and BBP Members

Cost with box lunch: $25 for non-members and $20 for AIA and BBP Members

Architecture of Bees Lunch and Learns are organized in collaboration with Architecture Center Houston, Buffalo Bayou Partnership, and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension

THE BUZZ ABOUT BEES

Thursday, June 23 from 12-1pm

Most people think “honeybee” when they hear the word “bee”, but did you know that honeybees are not native to North America? In fact, they are only one among nearly 4,000 bee species on this continent and Texas alone has nearly 800 species of native bees! 

Nature historian Nancy Greig will teach you about these diverse creatures, and how we can help boost their numbers, in “The Buzz about Bees.”

Nancy Greig is the retired founding director of the Cockrell Butterfly Center and leads Buffalo Bayou Partnership’s monthly nature walks.  An avid natural historian “jack of all trades”, Nancy keeps busy with her own butterfly garden, honeybee hives, and purple martin houses.

GARDENING FOR BEES AND POLLINATORS

Friday, July 8 from 12-1pm

Pollinators such as bees and monarch butterflies are under threat. One of the ways to you can help is by planting a pollinator garden.  Paul Winski, Horticulture Agent of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, will show you the steps needed to create a bee-friendly habitat in your own backyard.

BEEKEEPING 101

Wednesday, August 10 from 12-1pm

Interested in beekeeping, but need some information to get started? Shannon Dietz with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension will show you the way. You’ll learn the basics of beekeeping including gear and tools needed, beehive components, and harvesting honey.


Saturday, August 20
6-8pm: Kids crafts, bee market, and DJ
8pm: Screening of Bee Movie

Located at The Water Works in Buffalo Bayou Park (105 Sabine St., Houston, TX 77007)

Photo by Lawrence Elizabeth Knox

“Bee” one with nature and bring the whole family to help us celebrate National Honeybee Day at Buffalo Bayou Park.  We’ll “bee-gin” the free festivities with bee-friendly crafts for kids, an observatory beehive to watch bees in action and a pop-up bee-inspired market. Tunes by a DJ will provide the perfect backdrop to do your bee waggle dance

As the night falls, settle in for the screening of Bee Movie, the story of Barry the Bee who ventures outside of the hive for the first time and discovers a whole new world.


Lawn chairs and blankets are encouraged.  Food and drinks will be available for purchase.


Thank you to our media sponsor


What can you do to help bees?

  • Avoid using pesticides – insecticides don’t discriminate between insects. Systemic insecticides (e.g., neonicotinoids, including imidacloprid) especially have been shown to negatively affect the health of honeybees, and have been banned from use in other countries for this reason.
  • Plant pollinator-friendly plants, especially local native ones to provide good sources of nectar and pollen. Choose several colors of flowers. Bees are especially attracted to blue, violet, white and yellow. Choose plants that flower throughout the seasons to support bees at different times of the year.
  • Create a water source in your yard for pollinators. Honeybees need water to cool their hive and to dilute honey for feeding young bees.
  • Encourage others to plant bee-friendly gardens and to avoid pesticides.