Your interactive experience with a bee colony will begin with an overview of the life of a bee and the different jobs a bee does as they mature. Learn the parts of the hive.
You’ll see an empty hive and learn how to hold a frame (without squishing the bees -they don’t like that).
We’ll observe a hive (from a distance), and get suited up. Light a smoker. Do a safety check, and then approach the hive.
At the hive you’ll see and feel the power of propolis (a supplement for people as well as) -- its the glue bees use to seal up the hive.
We’ll lift the lid and go inside.
For some, that’s might be as far as they want to go. But, if you want to see more, we will do a complete hive inspection. Pull each of the frames to see how the bees create honey and keep the colony alive.
You’ll see open “wet cells” of nectar that are still in the process of transforming into honey. You’ll see capped honey (ready for harvest), tiny freshly laid eggs and all the stages of bee development ( larvae, caped brood, and newly emerging “baby bees”).
I’ll show you how beekeepers help control pests (other insects and diseases) and keep the bees healthy so they can do their important work.
You’ll hold frames of bees and feel the weight of a full frame of honey in comparison to a frame of bees.
There’s always time for selfies!
You’ll sample honey and enjoy a cold beverage!