College-Bound Girl Scout Starts Nonprofit to Save the Bees

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College-Bound Girl Scout Starts Nonprofit to Save the Bees

Elizabeth (right), with the help of her mentor, Master Beekeeper Rob Overton (left), teaches New York Assemblyman James Skoufis about bees.

Elizabeth Klosky and New York Assemblyman James Skoufis holding the official Proclamation of Pollinator Week that Elizabeth helped draft and was signed into law by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Elizabeth helps two young girls make wildflower bonbons that can be used to regrow the wildflowers that bees depend on for food.

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Two years ago, Elizabeth Klosky was brainstorming ideas with her father on what to do for her Girl Scouts Gold Award project when she had the idea to do something to protect bees. She and her father had just begun to keep bees in the yard, but when she realized how important they were to the environment – and that certain bee populations around the world were struggling – she wanted to help.

Initially, her idea was to go to events focused on nature and environmental issues, reach out to people there and set up a few native bee houses.

“It ended up getting a lot bigger than that,” said Elizabeth.

She ended up presenting at a lot more events, setting up eight native bee houses and reaching more than 8,000 people who supported bee-friendly legislation in New York State through change.org.

Once the Gold Award project was complete, Elizabeth saw how big it had become. With the help of her parents and some “worker bees” (her volunteers), she set off on the path toward turning her project into a nonprofit – New York is a Great Place to Bee.

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