The program gives individuals the opportunity to learn about Honey Bees and experience working with the Honey Bees at Bee Harmony Haven Apiary, located at 18970 Wagon Wheel Way, Magnolia, TX 77355. The following are some key points about the program.
Be a Beekeeper: Guests will experience what it’s like to be a beekeeper including, putting on and wearing a beekeeper suit, entering the apiary, opening a beehive and working with thousands of Honey Bees. The program will last approximately 45 minutes.
Class Schedule: TBD. The program is subject to weather (for safety reasons, we cannot expose guests to the bees during rain, including threat of rain and severe overcast conditions. Honey Bees can become very aggressive during these weather conditions). Classes can be scheduled in spring, summer and fall. If cancellation is necessary, Bee Harmony will give the participant(s) as much advance notice as possible when classes must be cancelled or cannot be scheduled.
The Honey Bee Experience program is conducted by a Master Beekeeper from Bee Harmony, a Non-Profit Organization dedicated to providing the public with an opportunity to learn about Honey Bees . Guests will learn about the three leading causes of Colony Collapse Disorder and the disappearance of Honey Bees. Learn about the history and types Honey Bees and how Honey Bees communicate, chose a queen, select flowers, build a hive, and perpetuate their species - and the dynamics and mystery of a “bee swarm.” Learn and watch how nectar is changed into honey. The instructor will provide information on how you can help the Honey Bees survive, along with tips on the best plants to grow in your yard to attract Honey Bees and other pollinators.
Become a beekeeper! The Instructor will escort you to Bee Harmony Apiary where you will experience what it’s like to work with thousands of live Honey Bees and the role the beekeeper plays in managing the bee hive. The beekeeper will assist you in putting on a beekeeper suit, give a safety briefing and instructions on how to safely move around the hives without disturbing the Honey Bees. You will learn the secrets and participate in calming the Honey Bees before opening their beehive. Once opened, you will be amazed in watching the interaction of the Honey Bees. The beekeeper will show you and describe the parts of the beehive, the lifecycle stages of the Honey Bees, see how honeycomb is built and how honey is stored by the Honey Bees for the next winter. You will be given the opportunity to have a hands-on experience, by working with the various internal parts of the beehive and the Honey Bees. You will come away with an understanding of the meaning: “busy a bee.”
For safety and the best experience, guests should wear closed-toe shoes and comfortable loose fitting attire, including a long sleeve shirt and full length pants. Guests will be provided with a fully protective bee suit, hat, vail and gloves to wear over their clothing. Guests should avoid wearing strong perfumes, colognes or fragrances during the Honey Bee Experience. Before entering the apiary, the beekeeper will make sure your bee suit is secure. We will make every effort to keep the participants safe, so it is important to follow the beekeepers instructions.
While inside the apiary, guests should avoid standing in front of the hive entrance, making sudden movements or swatting at the bees. If a guest becomes uncomfortable, for any reason, during the experience, it is important that you remain calm and ask the beekeeper for assistance.
This experience is NOT recommended for guests with bee or honey allergies. This experience is designed for guests age 12 and older.
NOTE: There are no restroom facilities at the apiary.