What can you do in this project with local Beekeepers as mentors?
- Learn about bees as pollinators and the important role they play in our food supply as well as the plants and trees on which they forage.
- Learn about the amazing honeybee, their anatomy and how they function as a colony with complex communications, social interaction, teamwork and much more.
- Learn about hive placement, legal and environmental considerations and the cost and time commitment for “beecoming” a beekeeper.
- Experience how to assemble various parts of a hive, use a smoker and hive tools and determine what bee-proof clothing to wear.
- Experience the opening of a beehive and observe bee behavior while locating eggs, larvae, brood, honey, pollen and nectar within the hive.
- Experience starting and managing a 4-H beehive at the Mequon Nature Preserve Apiary. This includes the harvesting of honey.
Cost: $25 due at first class. Fundraising efforts may also be necessary to purchase wooden hive parts, tools, supplies, bees and bee suits for participants.
Location, Dates and Time:
The Countywide Beekeeping Project meetings take place at the Mequon Nature Preserve, 8200 W County Line Rd., Mequon WI 53097.
2021-2022 Meeting Dates/time
Third Thursday of the Month, from 6:30-8:30 pm
- October 21st
- November 18th
- January 20th
- February 17th
- March 17th
- April 21st
For further enrichment, participants may wish to attend local monthly Bee Club Meetings.
For more information, please contact:
Donna Baldwin-Haut at firstname.lastname@example.org