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Lessons, Activities, & Hands-On Fun

Bring learning to life! These nature education lessons are excellent for classrooms, fairs, and events. Contact us with questions, to schedule a class or to sign up for one of our upcoming events.

Pollinators

These are excellent introductions to amazing little insects that have a big impact.

Big Buzz About Bees
Big Buzz About Bees
Monarch Butterflies
Monarch Butterflies
CA Native Pollinators
CA Native Pollinators
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Farm Friends

Come face to face with a farm critter while learning about food systems in these fun lessons.

Farm Fun - Chickens
Farm Fun - Chickens
Backyard Farmers Series
Backyard Farmers Series
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Classroom Activities

These are excellent additions to life science, animal, and insect units in school!

Butterfly Rearing
Butterfly Rearing
Egg Hatching
Egg Hatching
Native Bee Hotel
Native Bee Hotel
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Creative Kids

Learn to make products you love with simple, all natural ingredients.

Lip Balm Workshop
Lip Balm Workshop
Fizzy Fun Bath Bombs
Fizzy Fun Bath Bombs
Bee Beautiful
Bee Beautiful
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Edible Education

A tasty way to experience nature.

Honey Infusion
Hive to Table Honey Harvest
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Urban Farming

Inspired to start your own backyard farm? Check out these classes.

Backyard Beekeeping
Beehive Tour
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An In Depth Look

 

Big Buzz About Bees

Age Range: 4 to 10, parents love this too!

Big Buzz About Bees is an engaging experience that children love! Everyone gets a chance to see and touch all the parts of a working beehive and learn about the tools that it takes to be a beekeeper. We’ll talk about how bees collect pollen and nectar and contribute to many of the foods and products we love. We’ll also explore the many jobs that the different types of bees do inside and out of the hive. The class wraps up with taking a peek inside of a real working hive (it’s completely contained safely behind plexiglass) so we can see real worker bees caring for young larvae, making honey, and if we’re lucky, we may be able to spot the queen bee! And of course, we’ll taste the sweet rewards of beekeeping - honey harvested locally in Los Altos!

 

Monarch Butterflies

Age Range: 4 to 10, parents love this too!

This class is all about lovely fluttery butterflies! We will learn about the life cycle of the Monarch Butterfly, everything from their several thousand mile migration to their favorite foods. Did you know, they taste with their toes!? We’ll even look at live caterpillars and chrysalides, if we’re lucky, we might even spy some eggs or an emerging butterfly!

 

CA Native Pollinators

Age Range: 6+

This lesson is all about the lovely little local creatures that pollinate our plants. In California alone, we have 1,600 different species of native bees! On top of that, we have flies, butterflies, birds, and even the wind to help us out. Throughout this lesson, we’ll focus on why pollination is important and we’ll brainstorm why each insect or animal might be best suited to its partner plants.

 

Farm Fun - Chickens

Age Range: 6+

In this lesson, we’ll learn all about our little feathery farm friends: chickens! This is a fun way to learn about animal life cycles from egg to chicken. We’ll talk about how mama hens care for their eggs, how baby chickens develop inside the egg and hatch, all of the food and nutrients that a baby chick needs to grow into a big fluffy chicken, and of course all of the wonderful things that we get from chickens. We’ll even get to pet a live chicken - yup, that’s right. A real chicken right in your classroom!

 

Backyard Farmers

Age Range: 4-7

Backyard Farmers is a 3-part outdoor class series where children will learn about gardening, chickens, and honeybees. This is a fun, hands-on introduction to early science and food systems in a suburban farm setting. Children will grow their own veggies, sample foods that we harvest in the backyard, feed and care for real backyard chickens, and see a real working beehive (safely enclosed behind plexiglass).

Butterfly Rearing

Age Range: 5+

Kids love to watch butterflies grow from tiny caterpillars into majestic Monarchs. This is a great activity to go along with plant, insect, or any nature based science units. You’ll be amazed how quickly the caterpillars grow and how beautiful your chrysalis is, and once your butterflies emerge, you can release them into the wild!

This is an in-class activity kit that includes: Butterfly House, Narrowleaf Milkweed Plant, Butterfly Eggs or Young Caterpillars, Teacher Instructions & Fun Facts

*** Note: Due to the life cycle and migration of the Monarchs, this activity is best May through October.

 
 

Chicken Hatching

Age Range: 5+

This is an amazing scientific project for kids of all ages, and best of all, this kit simplifies the whole process! This is a great hands-on project to learn anything from basic observation skills, data measurement, embryo development or even more complex systems such as nutrition and circulatory systems. Absolutely everything you need is included in this kit, even an easy to use incubator that automatically turns the eggs and clearly monitors temperature and humidity levels (not one of the low-grade ones that can be very troublesome). After your chicks hatch and you’ve enjoyed their company for up to a week, you return all of the equipment and even the little chickies who will be placed in loving homes.

 

This is an in-class activity kit that includes: hatching eggs, incubator, candling light, thermometer, hygrometer, brooder cage with bedding for chicks, heating element, chick feeder and waterer, chick food, instructions, & lesson ideas.

 

Native Bee Hotel

Age Range: 5+

Your class can host an attractive home for native, solitary bees. These gentle little bees are low-maintenance and perfect for a school setting. With this kit, you’ll receive cocoons for either Mason Bees or Leafcutter Bees depending on the time of year. These cocoons are ready to hatch, so your little pollinators will emerge in the next few days - your kids will love checking on them!

This is an in-class activity kit that includes: Native Bee Hotel, lake reeds and paper tubes for nesting, information about native bees and successful housing, mason bee cocoons ready to hatch, instructions, & fun facts.

*** Note: Your Bee Hotel will need to be placed near lots of blooming flowers to feed your native bees. We’re happy to help you assess if your location is suitable.

 

Lip Balm Workshop

Age Range: 8+

Learn to make your own lip balm with simple tools and all-natural ingredients! In this hands-on class, you'll get to make 5 tubes of lip balm using beeswax and coconut oil. Pick a flavoring from:

 

  • Bubblegum

  • Caramel

  • Chocolate

  • Coconut

  • Gingerbread House

  • Grapefruit

 

These make fantastic gifts, bring a friend if you want to swap flavors after class! (Each student will get to customize their scent, all 5 tubes of lip balm will be the same scent).

  • Jasmine

  • Lemon Grass

  • Lavender

  • Spearmint

  • Vanilla

  • Ylang Ylang

 

Fizzy Fun Bath Bombs

Age Range: 6+

This is a hands-on class where we will have some fizzy fun making bath bombs. We’ll use kid-friendly, all natural ingredients including coconut oil and raw honey. This is also a great way build interest in math and science through the creating something your kids already love – we’ll measure our ingredients, and talk about the chemical reactions that make these fun little fizzies bubble in water. Best of all, you’ll get 6 cupcake shaped bath bombs to take home!

 

Bee Beautiful

Age Range: 8+

Learn how to make luxurious beauty products from all-natural ingredients, most of which you can probably find in your own kitchen! In this hands-on workshop, we’ll learn how to make three all-natural beauty products containing honey:

 

  • Honey & Brown Sugar Body Scrub

  • Milk & Honey Bath Bombs

  • Lemon & Honey Facial Scrub

 

Honey can be used to sooth and hydrate your skin, lighten dark spots and scars, and its antibacterial properties can also help clear acne. So treat yourself and your skin to these wonderfully healthy honey combinations.

 

Honey Infusing

Age Range: 10+

Learn how to add even more flavor to your favorite honey! In this hands-on workshop you will see how simple it is to create flavored honeys using lemons, lavender, cinnamon sticks, vanilla beans and even fresh jalapeños! We’ll talk about how to guard against spoilage and what foods pair best with these tasty flavors - come hungry for a snack! We'll be sampling our creations!

 

Hive to Table

Honey Harvest

Age Range: 12+

How does honey get from the hive to your table? Come find out at this hands-on honey harvesting workshop! You'll get to help with each sweet and sticky step of the honey harvesting process, including:

 

  • Learn how to tell when honey is ripe and ready to harvest.

  • Uncap frames and spin them in a centrifugal extractor to remove honey from the comb.

  • Jar and take home a bottle of local raw honey that you harvested!

  • Learn what contributes to the colors & flavors of all-natural honey. 

 

Wear clothes that you don't mind getting sticky! T-shirt, shorts and sandals are ok for this class, optionally bring a change of clothes in case you don't want your car to get sticky. There will be no contact with the hive or bees during this class.

 

Backyard Beekeeping

Age Range: 10+

Have you ever wondered what it would take to keep honeybees in your own backyard? It’s probably a lot easier than you think! This presentation will give an overview of the time, space, cost and equipment needed to start up your own backyard beehive. In this brief introduction to beekeeping, you’ll learn the basics of honeybee biology and behavior, how to care for your bees, the benefits of keeping bees, as well as how to harvest honey, wax and other products. You’ll also learn about local associations and other sources of information. This is an excellent class for those who would like to learn more about bees in general or who are considering starting up their own backyard  hive.

*** There is no contact with the bees in this class.

 

Beehive Tour

Age Range: 10+

Do you want to learn more about bees first-hand? Join us on a tour of one of our backyard apiaries! On this tour, we'll open a hive and see how bees live - collecting and storing pollen and nectar, raising their young, and if we're very lucky, we may even see the queen bee! We will talk about how bees create honey and beeswax as well as how it is harvested for use in some of our favorite products. Whether you're a gardener, nature lover, or just want to get outside on the weekends, you'll be fascinated by the way these little insects work together.

 

Beekeeping veils will be provided, please wear a long sleeved shirt, long pants, and closed toes shoes, bring your own gloves (most people feel more comfortable with gloves, gardening gloves would do, if you don't have any, we will have a few pairs).