Over 2700 visitors in 2012!

In 2012, over 2700 people came to visit. In their numbers were students in every second grade class in Champaign, home schoolers, Urbana school district fourth graders, Parkland College classes, visiting beekeepers, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, passers-by, Master Gardeners, Master Naturalists, an agricultural tour group from Montana, and a few bee biology celebrities. We’re now the official meeting site of the Illinois State Beekeepers Association, official participants in the Central Illinois Museum Consortium (and hosted three meetings), and official partners with UI Department of Plant Biology graduate students in their outreach program called Plants iView, to work with Urbana Middle School to offer a plant-themed after-school program. We had visitors from 14 different states (Arizona, California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Oregon, Texas, Wisconsin, Washington DC, and Wyoming) as well as six different countries (Bulgaria, Canada, Colombia, Italy, Korea, and UK).

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