Growing Ideas, Cultivating Connections – 4th & 5th Grade


This is science-based program that focuses on the importance of the Honeybee. The GICC Program fulfills an important part of the Life Science and Technology and Engineering requirements in the Massachusetts Science Curriculum Frameworks for 5th grade. It teaches the students about the life cycle of the honeybee and how honeybees benefit human beings, pollinate plants and contribute to food production. Bee keepers from the Bristol County Beekeepers Association teach this program alongside RJD Docents. Thanks to generous donors, all school programs at RJD are offered to New Bedford public schools free of charge.

  • The program is available Mondays through Fridays, May through October 2023.
  • Tours can be scheduled between 9am and noon and they last 1 hour.
  • Program takes place outside – please prepare your students, teachers and chaperones for such.
  • Fee: New Bedford Schools: Free. Other Districts: $5 per student with a minimum charge of $75 per visit. Please ask if you cannot afford the fee – no school is ever turned away from an RJD tour.
  • You are responsible for your own transportation to and from the museum.
  • The maximum size group for any given date is 60.
  • A chaperone ratio of 1 to 15 is requested. Chaperone Guidelines are sent to you upon confirmation of your tour date.

To schedule your visit, call the Museum at 508-997-1401 or email Dawn Salerno.

Click here for teacher support material. 

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