Community Outreach

Community Involvement

OCBA Beekeepers participate in a variety of community events throughout the year such as: Earth Day @ Sturgeon City, Ag Days with OCPS, Onslow County Farmers Market,  Heritage Days at Onslow County Museum, Zing Zumm Children's Museum and more.

Hey Beekeepers! After participating in an event, please complete a GAP sheet and turn it in at the next OCBA meeting.
Find a copy of the GAP sheet here.

Upcoming Events

Come and see us at these upcoming community events. An observation hive is typically present at community events where you can, "Find the Queen!" We also have educational materials, equipment and protective gear on display too. *All events are subject to change*

Earth Day @ Sturgeon City

April 22, 2023 10am - 2pm 

A FREE public event to celebrate Earth Day. Various science stations, including OCBA! will be displayed throughout the inside and outside of the site.

Military Appreciation Day @ Hammocks Beach State Park

June 3, 2023 10am - 4pm
A community appreciation event for all active duty and retired service members and their families. FREE food and drinks for everyone. Vendors exhibit services available to military members.  

National Night Out

August 1, 2023 5pm - 9pm
National Night Out is a FREE community event to promote crime prevention. 

National Honey Bee Day @ The Onslow County Farmers Market

August 19, 2023  8am - Noon 

Join us for a celebration of the Bees! More information to follow.

Static Display @ Onlsow County Fair

October 10-14, 2023 

Once again, OCBA will be providing an educational display at the Onslow County Fair. Plan on swinging by and checking out our display and then enjoy all the fair has to offer!

If you are a current Onslow County Beekeepers Association member and would like to volunteer at a community or educational event, email us at for more information.

Past Events

2023 Beginners Shortcourse

OCBA held its 2023 Beginners Beekeeping Short Course in Jan/Feb of this year.  

Participants from around Onslow County and surrounding counties, gathered to discover more about the European honey bee,  Apis mellifera. Participants prepared to become Certified Beekeepers (entry level) with NCSBA and learned about bee biology, hive & pest management, gained valuable hands-on experience in the Apiary and much more!

Onslow County Fair

October 2022
OCBA proudly displayed a community education exhibit titled, "Honey bees in North Carolina" at the 2022 Onslow County Fair.

Honey Tasting Contest

August 2022
Thank you to all participants and congratulations to the winners of the 2022 Honey Tasting Competition!
1st Place - Randall Jones
2nd Place - Scott & Julie Taylor
3rd Place - Terri Kulp and Eric Talley

National Honey Bee Day

August 2022
OCBA members participated in an educational event at the Onslow County Farmers Market.

Heritage Day

October 2022
After a two year hiatus, Heritage Day returned to the Onslow County Museum and OCBA beekeepers were there to help area 4th graders learn of the history, heritage and traditional lifeways of Onslow County.

National Night Out

August 2022
OCBA Beekeepers participated in Jacksonville's National Night Out at Riverwalk Park.

Harriot B. Smith Library 

August 2022
OCBA Beekeepers partnered with the Harriotte B. Smith Library aboard Camp Lejeune to bring an intro beekeeping class to Marines, Sailors and dependents. 

Military Appreciation Day

June 2022
OCBA beekeepers participated in the Military Appreciation Day at Hammock's Beach State Park. The observation hive is always a crowd favorite.

Earth Day
Sturgeon City

April 2022
OCBA beekeepers attended this fun, educational community event.  An observation hive and a variety of educational materials were on hand.

Zing Zumm Children's Museum

April 2022
OCBA Beekeepers taught camp goers at the Children's Museum all about the importance of honey bees and beekeeping.

2022 Beginners Shortcourse

OCBA held its 2022 Beginners Beekeeping Short Course in March/April of this year.  

2022 Onslow Ag Days

OCBA beekeepers participated in the annual Onslow Ag Days. OCS 2nd Graders enjoyed a day on the farm learning first hand about farm animals, plant germination, beekeeping, soil conservation and much more.