Hands-On Workshops

These hands-on workshops are great as stand-alone classes or in addition to our lessons. Contact us with questions, to schedule a class or to sign up for one of our upcoming events.

COVID-19 Update: We are happy to provide you with learning kits and provide distance learning instruction for activities. Please contact us with any questions.

Supporting Pollinators

Fun, hands-on projects to support pollinators!

Seed Balls
Seed Balls
Native Bee Hotel
Native Bee Hotel
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All-Natural DIY

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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An In Depth Look

Seed Balls

Age Range: 8+

Making seed balls is a great way to learn about pollinators while helping them out in your own neighborhood! Depending on the age range, this can be a fun activity to tie into plant needs and life cycles, or even tie in mathematical and science concepts (examining the best diameter and number of seeds for optimal growth). Seeds are customizable, we usually go for CA natives for best results!

 
 

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.

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