We offer private field instruction to groups between 4 and 15 people. The experience is a deep learning opportunity for students of beekeeping and agriculture, for corporate team-building, families, or other groups looking for a unique and enriching experience.
Prices start at $500 for a two-hour class, which includes a jar of honey for each participant. Discounts available for non-profit or youth groups.
Please contact us to inquire about scheduling.
We think the best way to learn is in the field, seeing and doing things that you may do yourself. Whether you’re seeing an open hive and feeling on your face the breeze generated by thousands of pairs of tiny wings, or simply learning how to spot a wild bee on the wing, you can experience things that will accompany you the rest of your life.
We also believe in holistic, contextual education, which is why we prefer the field setting, and broad topics. If you’re looking for classes on how to be a beekeeper, there are many reputable options for you elsewhere. If you’re looking for conservation-based learning, community-minded solutions, or the Socratic method, then our classes ought to be right up your alley.
INTRODUCTION TO BEES
This class is an introduction to all bees, their importance to our food system, and the role of urban agriculture. The class includes a guided tour of the farmsite, a chance to see a honey beehive inspection, and identification of wild bees in the field. While many classes explain “how to manage honey bees,” this class is both more and less: if you’re going to keep honey bees (especially if…) you need to know this information. And if you simply want to do your part for our native, wild bees, this class will help you too.
Students will learn about the diversity of pollinators in our region and learn how to identify some of them. You’ll see numerous samples of these bees both under a magnifying glass and also (if the bees cooperate) in the field. We’ll talk about ways to attract these wild bees to your garden or yard, and how you can help local conservation efforts. And we will discuss social bees, particularly honey bees, and examine a resident hive. Bee veils and gloves are provided.
Suited for: people aged 12 and up interested in beekeeping, wild bees, pollinator gardening, urban agriculture, honey, team-building, conquering fear, experiencing nature.