Our thanks to 3 generous Foundations!

This 2024 season we are grateful to be funded by three notable foundations whose grants help us purchase the honey bees, equipment, supplies and graduation gifts given to our Veterans and First Responders. Without the generosity of these local foundations, we would not be able to provide the experiences that can help with “staying in the moment”, and opportunities to learn the art of beekeeping. On behalf of those who come out for just a day, to those that wrangle bees for a year – Thank you so much for keeping the buzz going!!

Help Save the Bees Foundation

NV Energy Foundation

• Robert Z Hawkins Foundation







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The 2024 Bees4Vets Program is off and flying!

Well, sort of…May 4th was unseasonably cold so we had to move indoors for a mock “Honey Bee Installation Day” that included a lecture on beekeeping equipment. Following the presentation and pizza party, bee coats and other program items such as smokers, hive tools and Kim Flottum’s “The Backyard Beekeeper” were distributed to attendees. We are looking forward to May 11th, and hopefully warm sunny weather to get out and enjoy the beauty of our Truckee Meadows with a few hundred thousand humming bees.






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2023 program has begun!

Veteran's Support Group for Jan 2023 with the Governor.

2023 is proving to be our best year yet! 10 new honey bee nucleus colonies will be funded by a generous grant from NV Energy Foundation. These colonies will be provided to our 10 new Participants to learn beekeeping for the 2023 season. We are so grateful for the Foundation’s bee-lief in us!

On March 15th we were invited to the 2023 Veterans and Military Day at the Legislature (VAMDAL) to receive our award for Veteran Supporter of the Month (January 2023). These last years have been an amazing journey of new relationships and teaching beekeeping to our local veteran and first responder community. We share our successes with you, as they are truly for you. Thank you so much for joining us in the apiary and enjoying the BuZz. Bravo Zulu!

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Bees4Vets needs your help at the Reno Air Races

Bees4Vets is looking for volunteers at the Air Races in September. Please share the volunteer opportunity with friends and family. The event will include the US Air Force Thunderbirds, US Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey, F-35A Lightning II, Tucker’s Air Patrol and Jim Peitz Aerosports demonstrations, volunteering for our booth will earn free passes to the air show. We will be selling Reno Air Race Association merchandise. Setup will be Sunday Sept 12. We will need 10 people for set up and then 10 people morning and afternoon Monday and Tuesday. We will need at least 12 Wednesday through Sunday. If you can help out, Ruth Ann has set up a signup form at https://forms.office.com/r/11hEvaBT44. You can fill that out and select the days and shifts you want to help out with. This is a major fundraiser for Bees4Vets as well as being good exposure for us. If you have friends or family who would also like to volunteer – please send them our way, the more the merrier!

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University of Nevada, Reno NEVADA Today story

The University of Nevada, Reno  published a story on August 9th about Bees4Vets.  The story can be seen here.

Our thanks to the University of Nevada, Reno and the University’s Main Station Field Lab, part of the Nevada Experiment Station and College of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources, for their partnership with Bees4Vets which gives us space for our apiary so this program can happen.





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