With 350-acres of forested campus, we understand the importance of environmentalism and sustainability at Kiski. We not only instill an appreciation for nature in our students, but we also practice what we preach. In addition to recycling materials and reducing our use of plastic, we also care for a very special wildlife species that pollinates plant life and produces honey. Can you guess what it is?
While renovating or removing old buildings on campus, we discovered a swarm of honey bees living in the walls of an old structure. We called on a local beekeeping family, the Resnicks, to adopt our hive of Kiski Bees. Mat and Diane Resnick have been keeping bees for four years with their daughter Madison, who is now 7-years-old. Mat is the son of one of our Kiski graduates, Ralph Resnick ‘70. With the Kiski Bees, the Resnicks now have four busy hives. They are members of the Westmoreland County Beekeeping Associations and they do presentations on beekeeping for schools and educational groups.
Honey bees don’t just make honey. Without bees, we wouldn’t have some of the fruits and vegetables you can find at the supermarket. About one third of our diets in the U.S. rely on honey bee pollination including the pollination of crops fed to dairy and meat animals like cows and pigs. Of the 30,000 different species of bees, honey bees are one of the most advanced when it comes to social behavior. They communicate and have a division of labor that allows them to create intricate nests and structures. The brain of a bee is about the size of a sesame seed, but they demonstrate a remarkable capacity to remember, learn new things, and even calculate distances. Did you know they can beat their wings at 200 beats per second? That’s why you hear them buzzing around before you even see them!
While honey bees are essential to the environment, they face many threats from pesticides and other human activities, which is why beekeepers are important. Our Kiski Beekeepers provide honey bees with a safe place to build their hives, pollinate plants, and make honey.
You can learn more about our sustainability efforts on campus by scheduling a visit!
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Established in 1888, The Kiski School is one of the oldest, independent, all-boys, college preparatory boarding schools in Pennsylvania and the United States. Home to 200 boys, Kiski offers an academically rigorous curriculum that includes Advanced and Honors courses, 12 varsity sports, and a community that allows boys to thrive through project-based learning and self-discovery. Kiski's beautiful, 350-acre campus is located in Saltsburg, Pennsylvania, 30 miles east of Pittsburgh, PA.