COVID-19 Update: We are starting to do hands-on workshops again! We'll be working in outdoor spaces with small groups, please contact us for more information.
Fun, hands-on projects to support pollinators!
Learn to make products you love with simple, all natural ingredients.
A tasty way to experience nature.
An In Depth Look
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:
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).
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
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.