Where can the bees take you?

Bee Research at Stanford University

 Bees are being studied in a myriad of ways at academic institutions around the world. Stanford University is doing an amazing job at helping with pollinator conservation, and we will share those stories during this workshop. We will discuss some of the most current research projects in the bee world. We will also share stories of bee research from University of Florida working with chimney bees, University of Hawaii with endangered Hawaiian yellow-faced bees, San Francisco State University with ZomBees! Want to learn more about the fascinating field of bee research, maybe even get involved in bee research yourself? If so, this is the workshop for you! Family-friendly event, all welcome.  Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018 (2-4pm) .  $50

Bees are being studied in a myriad of ways at academic institutions around the world. Stanford University is doing an amazing job at helping with pollinator conservation, and we will share those stories during this workshop. We will discuss some of the most current research projects in the bee world. We will also share stories of bee research from University of Florida working with chimney bees, University of Hawaii with endangered Hawaiian yellow-faced bees, San Francisco State University with ZomBees! Want to learn more about the fascinating field of bee research, maybe even get involved in bee research yourself? If so, this is the workshop for you! Family-friendly event, all welcome. Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018 (2-4pm). $50

Mead (Honey Wine) at San Francisco Mead Co.

 This Meadery started with the concept of creating a local product and – eventually - a national brand. They strive to buy raw materials, make their meads and sell as local to our production as possible. Buying local honey allows them to work closely with beekeepers to ensure that the honey is the purest and highest quality they can find. The San Francisco Mead Co., heps to support beekeepers that are producing honey using sustainable practices and are pollinating organic crops or in very remote areas. We will have a chance to taste some delicious meads, learn about the process of converting honey to mead, and if you bring a pound or more of honey we will start a batch of mead with this honey and share a bottle or more with you at a future event commemorating the evening. Must be 21+ to fully enjoy, all are welcome.  Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018 (6-8pm) .  $50

This Meadery started with the concept of creating a local product and – eventually - a national brand. They strive to buy raw materials, make their meads and sell as local to our production as possible. Buying local honey allows them to work closely with beekeepers to ensure that the honey is the purest and highest quality they can find. The San Francisco Mead Co., heps to support beekeepers that are producing honey using sustainable practices and are pollinating organic crops or in very remote areas. We will have a chance to taste some delicious meads, learn about the process of converting honey to mead, and if you bring a pound or more of honey we will start a batch of mead with this honey and share a bottle or more with you at a future event commemorating the evening. Must be 21+ to fully enjoy, all are welcome. Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018 (6-8pm). $50

Season of Giving at Homeward Bound of Marin

 Learn to make candles, lip balms, beeswax wraps and other gift ideas that can be made using products of the hives. Bees have much more to give than just pollination and honey. There are many gifts that can be made from products of the hive. Meet and learn from fellow beekeepers and crafters. Make gifts for friends and family this holiday season to reduce stress and help support pollinators and local beekeepers! Family friendly event, all welcome.  Saturday Dec. 15, 2018 (3-5pm). $50

Learn to make candles, lip balms, beeswax wraps and other gift ideas that can be made using products of the hives. Bees have much more to give than just pollination and honey. There are many gifts that can be made from products of the hive. Meet and learn from fellow beekeepers and crafters. Make gifts for friends and family this holiday season to reduce stress and help support pollinators and local beekeepers! Family friendly event, all welcome. Saturday Dec. 15, 2018 (3-5pm). $50


DIY Hive Building at a Local Makers Place

 Join us and learn about how beekeeping has moved from honey-hunting to loggums, to skeps, top-bar and Langstroth Hives. We will talk about different hive designs, new inventions like the Flow Hive, and how you can get into DIY Bee Equipment making. Please bring hive plans that you would like to share or learn more about. Participate in a group hive building and learn some techniques for your own workshop. Family friendly event, all welcome.  Saturday Jan. 26, 2019 (2-4). $50

Join us and learn about how beekeeping has moved from honey-hunting to loggums, to skeps, top-bar and Langstroth Hives. We will talk about different hive designs, new inventions like the Flow Hive, and how you can get into DIY Bee Equipment making. Please bring hive plans that you would like to share or learn more about. Participate in a group hive building and learn some techniques for your own workshop. Family friendly event, all welcome. Saturday Jan. 26, 2019 (2-4). $50

 

Bee Diversity at a Pollinator Garden

 Learn to identify and photograph many of California’s native pollinators on this walking field trip. This field trip will help open your eyes to the wonderful world of pollinator observing, identification and photography. Taking pictures of bees on flowers can be tricky! Learn a few techniques that have landed pictures worthy of National Geographic from bee photographers. Not sure if you are looking at a honey bee or a leafcutter bee? Look for the pollen baskets- honey bees store pollen on their legs while leafcutter bees store pollen under their abdomen. Learn more about native pollinators and how to study them in the field. Family friendly event, all welcome.  Saturday Apr. 13, 2019 (2-4pm). $50

Learn to identify and photograph many of California’s native pollinators on this walking field trip. This field trip will help open your eyes to the wonderful world of pollinator observing, identification and photography. Taking pictures of bees on flowers can be tricky! Learn a few techniques that have landed pictures worthy of National Geographic from bee photographers. Not sure if you are looking at a honey bee or a leafcutter bee? Look for the pollen baskets- honey bees store pollen on their legs while leafcutter bees store pollen under their abdomen. Learn more about native pollinators and how to study them in the field. Family friendly event, all welcome. Saturday Apr. 13, 2019 (2-4pm). $50


Planting for Pollinators at Botanical Gardens

 Learn which plants to incorporate in your own paradise for pollinators! Native bees forage on nectar and pollen from plants to provision their nests with food, and some also nest within plants or in tunnels in the ground. Learn landscape techniques that help to preserve and enhance bee resources making your garden beautiful for you and the bees! Family friendly event, all welcome.  Saturday Jul. 13, 2019 (2-4pm). $50

Learn which plants to incorporate in your own paradise for pollinators! Native bees forage on nectar and pollen from plants to provision their nests with food, and some also nest within plants or in tunnels in the ground. Learn landscape techniques that help to preserve and enhance bee resources making your garden beautiful for you and the bees! Family friendly event, all welcome. Saturday Jul. 13, 2019 (2-4pm). $50


Honey Harvest at Homeward Bound of Marin

 Sweet rewards! Learn how the honey bee converts flower nectar into honey, and why after it is capped can last hundreds of years without spoiling. Get first hand experience uncapping the wax and preparing the frames for the honey spinner, then bottle up a jar of your own liquid gold to take home. We will share the many ways that honey can be harvested and the effect these different methods may have on your hive. Everyone loves a honey harvest, hope you can join! Family friendly event, all welcome.  Saturday Oct. 19, 2019 (2-4pm). $50

Sweet rewards! Learn how the honey bee converts flower nectar into honey, and why after it is capped can last hundreds of years without spoiling. Get first hand experience uncapping the wax and preparing the frames for the honey spinner, then bottle up a jar of your own liquid gold to take home. We will share the many ways that honey can be harvested and the effect these different methods may have on your hive. Everyone loves a honey harvest, hope you can join! Family friendly event, all welcome. Saturday Oct. 19, 2019 (2-4pm). $50

Beekeeping Equipment Road Trip at Mann Lake

 Join us as we provide transportation from the Bay Area for a bee-themed road trip to Mann Lake beekeeping supplies. We will have bee-themed snacks to share on board, some trivia games and other activities that you can choose to participate in or just relax and enjoy the ride. At Mann Lake, we will have a tour, talk about our experiences with different types of beekeeping equipment. Mann Lake provides beekeeping supplies to the beginning beekeeping hobbyist and the professional beekeeping industry alike. We will discuss setting up your Apiary and what tools may be helpful as you reach towards your own personal beekeeping goals. Family friendly event, all welcome.  Saturday Feb. 21, 2019 (11am-6pm). $50

Join us as we provide transportation from the Bay Area for a bee-themed road trip to Mann Lake beekeeping supplies. We will have bee-themed snacks to share on board, some trivia games and other activities that you can choose to participate in or just relax and enjoy the ride. At Mann Lake, we will have a tour, talk about our experiences with different types of beekeeping equipment. Mann Lake provides beekeeping supplies to the beginning beekeeping hobbyist and the professional beekeeping industry alike. We will discuss setting up your Apiary and what tools may be helpful as you reach towards your own personal beekeeping goals. Family friendly event, all welcome. Saturday Feb. 21, 2019 (11am-6pm). $50


Bees and Agriculture at Burroughs Family Farms

 In 1894, Benjamin Burroughs traveled to California from Illinois to find his future in the milk business. Little did he know that his great-grandchildren would still be farming in the twenty-first century, producing and selling organic almonds, olive oil, milk, cheese, and grass-based eggs and meats. Come visit for a behind-the-scenes tour of the farm, learn the importance of pollinators for agriculture and how growers use bees in their operations. A bee-autiful day on the farm learning about our favorite pollinators! Family friendly event, all welcome.  Saturday May 11, 2019 (2-4pm). $50

In 1894, Benjamin Burroughs traveled to California from Illinois to find his future in the milk business. Little did he know that his great-grandchildren would still be farming in the twenty-first century, producing and selling organic almonds, olive oil, milk, cheese, and grass-based eggs and meats. Come visit for a behind-the-scenes tour of the farm, learn the importance of pollinators for agriculture and how growers use bees in their operations. A bee-autiful day on the farm learning about our favorite pollinators! Family friendly event, all welcome. Saturday May 11, 2019 (2-4pm). $50


Honey Bee Biology & Health at Stanford University

 Back to the classroom for an informative lesson on bee biology and health. Most of the honey bee management practices that we use were developed from observations in bee biology. For instance, Reverend Langstroth designed the removable frame hive, based on his observations of ‘bee space’. Understanding bee biology is an important key to successful beekeeping with healthy colonies. Much more to learn and share! Family friendly event, all welcome.  Thursday Aug. 15, 2019 (7-9pm). $50

Back to the classroom for an informative lesson on bee biology and health. Most of the honey bee management practices that we use were developed from observations in bee biology. For instance, Reverend Langstroth designed the removable frame hive, based on his observations of ‘bee space’. Understanding bee biology is an important key to successful beekeeping with healthy colonies. Much more to learn and share! Family friendly event, all welcome. Thursday Aug. 15, 2019 (7-9pm). $50


Apitherapy at Local Health Food Store

 If you’re anything like us, honey already has a permanent place in your kitchen and medicine cabinet. Honey can help soothe burns, calm coughs, and even makes a great natural face wash. But it isn’t the only beneficial substance that honey bees make! Propolis is the “bee glue” that protects and holds together the hive but this sticky substance has many health benefits as well! It is known to help in fighting cancer, soothing eczema, and even calming the flu. Learn about bee sting therapy, yes- acupuncture using bee stings, and much more! Family friendly event, all welcome.  Saturday Nov. 23, 2019 (2-4pm). $50

If you’re anything like us, honey already has a permanent place in your kitchen and medicine cabinet. Honey can help soothe burns, calm coughs, and even makes a great natural face wash. But it isn’t the only beneficial substance that honey bees make! Propolis is the “bee glue” that protects and holds together the hive but this sticky substance has many health benefits as well! It is known to help in fighting cancer, soothing eczema, and even calming the flu. Learn about bee sting therapy, yes- acupuncture using bee stings, and much more! Family friendly event, all welcome. Saturday Nov. 23, 2019 (2-4pm). $50

Native Bee Nest Build Workshop

 There are over 20,000 species of bees in the world, most of which are solitary bees which don’t make honey but are excellent pollinators. Learn more about California’s native bees as you make native bee nest sites to put up in your own backyard and outdoor places. These native bee nest sites are great projects for outdoor ecologists and important tools for native bee conservation. Bring some materials to repurpose and leave with a native bee nest site and the know-how to monitor and maintain it as a safe home for the native bees in your backyard. Family friendly event, all welcome.  Saturday Mar. 16, 2019 (2-4pm). $50

There are over 20,000 species of bees in the world, most of which are solitary bees which don’t make honey but are excellent pollinators. Learn more about California’s native bees as you make native bee nest sites to put up in your own backyard and outdoor places. These native bee nest sites are great projects for outdoor ecologists and important tools for native bee conservation. Bring some materials to repurpose and leave with a native bee nest site and the know-how to monitor and maintain it as a safe home for the native bees in your backyard. Family friendly event, all welcome. Saturday Mar. 16, 2019 (2-4pm). $50


Honey Tasting & Judging at Keller Estate Winery

 Tasting honey can be as fine an art as wine tasting, and just as fun! What a better place to test your palate than at Keller Estates Winery. We will sample varieties of honey and talk about how different flavors and styles of honey originate. Honey judging is a serious endeavor, we will talk about the Welsh Honey Judging Program and other judging programs in the United States and abroad, look at the criteria that judges must weigh as they rate the honey, try your hand at judging, and enter your honey to see how it stacks up to others! Family friendly event, all welcome.  Saturday Jun. 15, 2019 (2-4pm). $50

Tasting honey can be as fine an art as wine tasting, and just as fun! What a better place to test your palate than at Keller Estates Winery. We will sample varieties of honey and talk about how different flavors and styles of honey originate. Honey judging is a serious endeavor, we will talk about the Welsh Honey Judging Program and other judging programs in the United States and abroad, look at the criteria that judges must weigh as they rate the honey, try your hand at judging, and enter your honey to see how it stacks up to others! Family friendly event, all welcome. Saturday Jun. 15, 2019 (2-4pm). $50


Bees in School at a Local Elementary School

 Thinking of incorporating bees into your lesson plan? This workshop will connect you with educators who are helping to share the beauty and science of bees in their classrooms. Get bee-themed worksheets, printables, lesson plans and activity ideas that will get your students excited about learning. Join us and network with educators and fellow beekeepers who are bringing the joy of bees to the next generation. Family friendly event, all welcome.  Thursday Sep. 19, 2019 (5-7pm). $50

Thinking of incorporating bees into your lesson plan? This workshop will connect you with educators who are helping to share the beauty and science of bees in their classrooms. Get bee-themed worksheets, printables, lesson plans and activity ideas that will get your students excited about learning. Join us and network with educators and fellow beekeepers who are bringing the joy of bees to the next generation. Family friendly event, all welcome. Thursday Sep. 19, 2019 (5-7pm). $50


Mead Tasting & Celebratory Gathering

 Please join us for this celebratory get together! We will get together and share memories from some of the workshops of the past- including a mead tasting from our first mead workshop! A social event to bring together all who joined us at any of our field trip workshops! Family friendly event, all welcome.  Saturday Dec. 14, 2020 (4-6pm) .  $50

Please join us for this celebratory get together! We will get together and share memories from some of the workshops of the past- including a mead tasting from our first mead workshop! A social event to bring together all who joined us at any of our field trip workshops! Family friendly event, all welcome. Saturday Dec. 14, 2020 (4-6pm). $50

Questions? Email jason@planetbee.org