Intro to Bees and Beekeeping

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Intrigued by honey bees? Curious if urban beekeeping is for you? This introductory class is geared towards those that are eager to learn how and where to begin a journey as a hobbyist beekeeper. Beekeeping is incredibly rewarding, but we know how overwhelming the hobby can be to start. Let us help!

We will discuss basic honey bee biology and behavior and learn about the inner workings of a hive. The majority of the class will focus on how to get started as an urban beekeeper, including discussions of the City of Austin regulations, a demonstration of necessary equipment, and information on where you can get your own bees. You will walk away with an understanding of the critical timelines to start your own hive and the time and financial commitment required. We will provide you with a booklet of resources and a handy decision guide to help you start your very own bee hive. After this classroom section, you will be primed to continue your bee education with a hands-on field workshop. Check out our Hive Inspection 101 class held right after this intro class:

Sign up for both for a full day of bee fun!

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All ages welcome

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Tara Chapman is a native Texan, born and raised in the small West Texas town of Smyer. She moved to the East Coast for college in 1999. After 13 years, she raced back to Texas to satisfy a longing for Texas BBQ, breakfast tacos, and mild winters. Tara’s fascination with bees began with an 8th grade science unit on the workings of a colony. Tara’s favorite way to eat honey is on top of a banana with a bit of cinnamon and peanut butter!

Tara does hive tours, beekeeping classes, and the HoneyHomes program to help others discover the fulfilling hobby of beekeeping. A chance lecture on solitary bees inspired her BeeBuilders kit, intended to teach our community about the importance of solitary bees.

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