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Bee Center beekeeper and hive opening participants in bee suits, photo Tom LeMay
photo Tom LeMay

Special Access: Honey Bee Hive Inspection

Select a session:
Wednesday, July 7, 10:30-11:45 a.m.
Friday, July 30, 10:30-11:45 a.m.

Ping Honzay, beekeeper, Arboretum Manager of the Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center

Ages 6 to adult
Get special access for an up-close look at the inner workings of a honey bee hive by joining in on an inspection of one of the hives at the Arboretum's Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center. You'll put on a beekeeping suit, join beekeeper Ping as she opens a hive, and even have a chance to hold a frame of live honey bees. Along the way you'll learn more about the life of a hive and how we work with these fascinating creatures.
  • Children between the ages of 6 - 17 must have an adult present at the Bee Center for the duration of the program (Adults accompanying children may watch the class from inside through the building viewing windows; in this case they do not need to register themselves. Anyone putting on a beekeeping suit to come outside by the hives must register individually).
  • Attendees must wear closed toe shoes (beekeeping suits will cover your whole body, except for your feet).
  • This class is weather dependent: in the case of inclement weather, participants will be notified and issued a refund.
  • Bring your own water and snack (if desired); no food or drinking fountains will be available. Restrooms will be available.
COVID-19 Guidelines During Your Program
  • We encourage you to take your temperature and stay home if you have a fever of 100.4 or higher, shortness of breath, or persistent coughing. You will receive a full refund.
  • All participants (including children) must wear a mask at all times during this event, even when outside in a bee suit.
  • Please maintain a distance of at least six feet from others (except those you are with, such as family members).
  • If you do not observe these guidelines, staff may ask you to leave.

Limit 5 per session, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - McVay Learning Lab and Page Apiary 

Sold out. Wednesday, July 7, 10:30-11:45 a.m.
$22 member/$37 non-member, 
includes beekeeping suit and gloves to borrow during the program (adult suits are available in sizes XS-XL; child suits are for ages 5-10) and Arboretum admission
Sold out. Friday, July 30, 10:30-11:45 a.m.
$22 member/$37 non-member, 
includes beekeeping suit and gloves to borrow during the program (adult suits are available in sizes XS-XL; child suits are for ages 5-10) and Arboretum admission


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*We are temporarily working from home during Covid-19, we may return phone messages from a home phone 

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