Public school gets new bee garden

March 8, 2008 3:46:34 PM PST
A San Francisco school will acquire the city's first bee garden on a public school campus when fourth- through eighth-graders come together this morning to help create the garden.

Beginning at 9 a.m., the Willie Brown Jr. Academy students will help build the garden, along with the school's program director, Miriam Feiner, and Karen Peteros, a honeybee educator for the SF Beekeepers Association.

The school, located at 2055 Silver Ave., is planning to install beehives in the spring and will collect honey.

The school is one of 36 with green schoolyards, according to the San Francisco Unified School District. The district said 45 new gardens are planned over the next four years.

Today's event will allow students to help plant bee-attracting plants, observe bees under microscopes and pet a live bee is a non-stinging native male bee can be captured. An environmental educator will demonstrate beekeeping in a full bee suit with smoker tools.