Buzz Fest 2019

Buzz Fest 2019

Event Time: 10am-1pm

Event Location: Shelton-Badgett North Carolina Center for Viticulture & Enology, Surry Community College, 630 S. Main Street, Dobson

Surry Community College invites you to a day of hands-on exploration and an opportunity to actively interact with local ecology during “Buzz Fest: A Celebration of Pollinators & Honey” on Wednesday, April 24, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event will be held at the Shelton-Badgett North Carolina Center for Viticulture and Enology on the SCC campus at 630 S. Main St., Dobson, N.C. 

Buzz Fest is free and open to the public with participation expected from local school systems, homeschool groups, and community members. The event is geared to middle school students in 6th, 7th and 8th grades.
Surry Community College was designated as a BeeCampusUSA in September 2017 – one of 31 BeeCampuses in the United States and one of only seven North Carolina colleges. Buzz Fest is being held as a part of the college’s responsibilities for its BeeCampusUSA status, which includes community education and creating sustainable habitats for pollinators on campus.

The agenda for Buzz Fest consists of a Bio-Blitz, educational sessions, and demonstration activities.

“We are excited to host our second annual Buzz Fest and hope many people will learn about what they can do to help save and protect our pollinators such as honey bees and butterflies that are desperately needed for a healthy, sustainable environment and ultimately our food production,” said Jeff Jones, SCC Sciences Division Chair, who is heading up the event.

Bio Blitz – Grayson Patton & SCC Biology, 10:00-11:30 a.m.
Discover local insect pollinators and their favorite plants across landscapes on campus grounds. Use the iNaturalist smartphone app to document these creatures as part of a citizen science initiative.

Lunch Break – BYOL, 11:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Rotation of Interactives and Presentations – 12:00-1:00 p.m. 

NC Cooperative Extension Service & Master Gardeners – Home Gardens & Planting Plans

NC Department of Agriculture – Crops & Pollinators
Surry County Beekeepers – Hive Demo & Basics of Bees
Surry Community College Programs – Pollinator Habitats & College Resources

For questions or to reserve space for a middle school group tour, contact Jeff Jones at (336) 386-3391 or You may follow Surry’s Horticulture program on Facebook or Instagram @surryhorticulture.

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