As soon as guests arrive they will be introduced to the basic safety equipment and procedures with dealing with bees. Comfort level will be evaluated and expectations will be set. After that we will suit up and jump right into a hive (a hive bred for gentleness) within the hive, students will learn how to identify the signs of a healthy hive including egg, brood stages, honey, nectar and pollen identification. Students will also be able to identify signs of a healthy vs ill hive such ailments include when a hive if queen-less, invaded by other hives, varoa mites, small hive beetles and starving. Remediation techniques will be discussed. Starter bee hive equipment will be demonstrated and proper placement of hives to ensure hives thrive and are not a nuisance to neighbors will also be discussed. At the end students will be able to either (if in honey season) cut a piece of comb honey to taste or take home a small bottle of honey from that particular hive.
Please be aware of the nature of this activity, there are always inherit risks to dealing with any livestock specially honey bees. If you are aware (or do not know) if you are allergic please refrain from participating in this activity. We are not responsible for any stings, suits must be worn and instructions followed at all times.