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!
Must sign an agreement
Each participant must sign (or their parent and/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.
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About Apiary( Bee Farm) Tours
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 our local communities ( families,school groups,etc) to get an up close and personal look at life and work of honey bees in our pollinators paradise
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 bee hive with the group. Participants will have the opportunity to hold a frame of bees if they wish.
How do I schedule a tour?
Tours are scheduled by reservation only. The reservations must include ages and sizes needed for the participants.
Remember, Bee flexible!
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.