Buzz with us for a dynamic 2-hour beekeeping workshop at our educational apiary in Novato! As with all Planet Bee programs, prepare for hands-on engagement, learning, and loads of fun. Whether you’re new to beekeeping or have some experience, you’re sure to experience something new. Workshops will be led by master beekeeper Bill Tomaszewski, who has over 18 years of experience in beekeeping. During workshops, we will: Begin with a brief lecture on the important of honey bees and relevant beekeeping topics such as beekeeping equipment, hive placement, life inside the hive, pest & disease management, honey harvesting and overwintering your hive. Hop into beekeeping suits and get up-close and personal with our fuzzy friends, as we open a hive and locate honey, brood, pollen, and possibly the queen! Taste fresh local honey straight from the hive, the sweetest reward of beekeeping! Enjoy a tasting of different varieties of honey and cheese. End with a informative Q & A session. We provide all beekeeping suits, gloves, and beekeeping equipment. Just make sure to wear socks that cover your ankles and closed-toe shoes.
I am a co-founder of the nonprofit, Planet Bee Foundation, whose mission is to educate and engage people of all ages around the importance of bees through hands-on workshops. As a master beekeeper with over 18 years of beekeeping experience, I manage hives at over 10 locations throughout the Bay Area and have led countless workshops on any aspect of beekeeping you can imagine, from bee installation to harvesting honey. Some clients I manage hives and have provide workshops for include Google, Stanford University, The Oakland Zoo, and the San Francisco Rec and Parks Department. It is my joy to introduce people to the incredible world of beekeeping through up-close and one-of-a-kind experiences. My style is very fluid and participant focused, with an emphasis on having fun!
Planet Bee Foundation
Planet bee Foundation is on a mission to create a green minded generation by inspiring environmental stewardship and individual action through the teaching lens of the honey bee. We work with schools, nonprofits, community gardens, and businesses to build long lasting care of bees and the environment through hands-on, educational workshops on location.
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Different varieties of honey and cheese
Beekeeping suits and gloves
This experience will take place at one of our partner apiaries, Homeward Bound of Marin, just a 40 minute drive north of San Francisco, on the way to the beautiful wine country. Homeward Bound of Marin provides shelters and services for homeless families and individuals. The honey that is harvested from the hives is sold as a fundraiser each year. Our hives here are situated in a beautiful green space with easy access.
最多10人參加，年齡須滿21歲。 Be comfortable around insects, especially since they will be flying all around us!
Closed toe shoes
This workshop requires no knowledge or experience of bees. The suits we provide will fully protect you as long as you remember to wear those close toed shoes and long pants! Be sure to also bring layers and water, as the weather can be variable in this area.
Dive in a Hive & Taste Honey with Cheese