The new exhibit will include fun facts and interactive play as well as a working beehive and a beekeeper have both been added to the museum. The beehive is stationed outside, connected to a closed-circuit TV so that children can see honeybees in action. The beekeeper started working with Kohl Children’s Museum in February, helping to acquire the hive.
“We are excited to be opening the Honey Bee Hideout exhibit with Rose,” said Stephanie Bynum, vice president of programs at Kohl. “Children will be learning about the importance of honey bees in our world through interactive play.”
That play includes the museum’s live hive projected on a monitor in the Honey Bee Hideout. A second monitor shows bee activity inside a similar hive.
“Everything at Kohl includes learning through play and interactivity,” Bynum said. “The Honey Bee Hideout will include a larger-than-life honeycomb structure that kids can take colorful ‘pollen’ samples from a ‘flower’ and fly it to the hive.”
Janelle Iaccino, an insect expert also known as “The Bug Girl” with Rose Pest Solutions, and her team spend a lot of time in the communities they serve teaching about the importance of honey bees, butterflies and dozens of other native pollinators.
Rose Pest Solutions helped Kohl with another exhibit, having sponsored the installation of a pollinator garden at the front of the museum in 2016, a natural place for the new Kohl beehive to gather and spread pollen and nectar, both feeding the hive and pollinating plants along the way.
The pollinator garden includes wildflowers, milkweed, wild lupine and various other plants that pollinators love, helping to attract butterflies, bees and other pollinators to the museum grounds. It teaches about the symbiotic relationship between plants and pollinators and about natives versus invasive – in an effort to recreate the prairie.