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Buzz on over to the 'Secret Lives of Bees' exhibit

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Photo courtesy of Tom Kronewitter, Purdue University Exhibit Design Center

The Forest Preserve District’s premier honeybee hub is all abuzz as the “Bee-lieve it or Not! The Secret Lives of Bees” exhibit is now open at Plum Creek Nature Center.

The traveling Purdue University exhibit will run through November 30 at the nature center, which is also home to a live honeybee hive and beekeeping programs.

The exhibit is designed to help people who are curious about bees:

  • Learn what makes a honeybee a honeybee.
  • Discover why pollination is important.
  • Read about the threats to honeybees.
  • Play a video game and learn who is a pollinator.
  • Uncover the differences between bees and wasps.
  • Learn about honey and beeswax.



The Forest Preserve is hosting the honeybee exhibit to further educate visitors about these prolific pollinators and complement permanent bee-oriented displays, said Kate Caldwell, an interpretive naturalist.

“The reason we picked this exhibit is because we have an indoor observational honeybee hive,” she said. “This exhibit perfectly enhances what we already have.”

The exhibit will appeal to children in prekindergarten through fifth grade and their families. The “Secret Lives of Bees” was organized by the Purdue Agricultural Exhibit Design Center and is brought to the Forest Preserve through funding provided by The Nature Foundation of Will County.

Exhibit hours are: Tuesdays-Saturdays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sundays, noon-4 p.m.; closed Mondays.


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