Special Access: Tours & Experiences


Honeybee hive inspection, photo Laura Cogswell

Special Access: Honey Bee Hive Inspection

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Monday, May 30, Thursday, June 9, Tuesday, July 5, Friday, July 15 or Tuesday, August 30
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10:30-11:45 a.m. or 1-2:15 p.m.

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. $22 member/$37 non-member.

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Pollinator Classes

Special Access: Shooting the Light, Dusk to Dawn 2-Session Photography Workshop

Friday, September 16, 5 p.m.-8 p.m. AND Saturday, September 17, 6 a.m.-8 a.m.

Level: Intermediate Morning and evening are the best times for photography and the Arboretum is the best place to start "seeing the light." Join Don for this after-hours exclusive access field practice-based opportunity to photograph the Arboretum in light not seen during regular open hours! $135 member/$155 non-member.

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Photography Classes


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