When Project Genesis began it was given a home at the WNC Nature Center. The non-treatment hives were placed next to the red wolf habitat, while the treatment hives nestled close by the deer and other ungulates. Both of these locations were safe from vandalism as they rested within locked, twelve foot chain-link fences.
Visitors at the WNC Nature Center were able to see the hives from raised boardwalks, with Project Genesis signage. This happy coexistence persisted until the next spring, when a number of hives were knocked over and pillaged by a mother black bear and her three cubs who broke into the Nature Center. As a result, the Nature Center director asked Center for Honeybee Research to relocate the project.
The colonies now reside in West Asheville.
Check our events calendar listing for Volunteer Days with Project Genesis. Please RSVP with your selected dates, and we will confirm your spot, or let you know if we are full, within 2-5 business days.