Beekeeping Tours Now Open
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Many of our patrons wish to learn more about bees, but do not have the time or space to start their own beehive. We have created this opportunity to be an exciting way for families, church / school groups, Scouts, Trail life and AHG groups to get an up close and personal look at life and work of the beekeeper and the honeybee.
The tour lasts about 1 1/2 hours and consists of a 30 minute familiarization class on bees, beekeeping equipment, pollination and products from the bee hive. You will then suit up in one of our beekeeper's suits and watch as our beekeeper opens a live bee hive with the group. Participants will have the opportunity to hold a frame of live bees if they wish.
Tours are scheduled by reservation only. You must have a minimum of 10 people, and the reservations must include ages and approx. suit sizes needed for the participants. We do have "weebee" suits for the little ones, with our smallest suit about the size of a 4 year old.
Beekeeping tours are weather dependent, for obvious reasons. If it is raining, we do not open hives! We will reschedule your tour in the event of rain.
Honey bees usually only sting to defend their hives, however, here are some basic considerations and rules of participation for your own safety:
Participants must wear pants and no open toed shoes (i.e. shorts and flip flops). Bee suits are sting resistant, not sting proof, and they do not cover your feet.
We recommend that on the day of the tour that you do not use perfume or strongly-scented products. The bees may think that you are a big flower and become personally interested in you!
We personally have one dog, three cats, too many chickens, and three sheep, so we like animals. But animals can be naturally curious and get stung, thus panicking and hurting other animals or little humans around them. Please be considerate of your pets safety and those around you and arrange for pet care before visiting the apiary.
Must sign an agreement
Each participant must sign (or their parents or legal guardian) a hold-harmless agreement that will be available at the apiary on the day of the tour or if need be, we can email the form to you for prior signatures. This agreement ensures that you or the parent / legal guardian understands the inherent risk around a working bee hive and we will not be held liable for bee stings, allergic reactions or unsafe behavior by participants of your tour as well as our right to refuse a participant a tour if we deem they are acting in a unsafe manner at the apiary and near the bee hives.