June 11 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am
An event every week that begins at 9:30am on Thursday, repeating until August 20, 2020
An event every week that begins at 9:30am on Tuesday and Thursday, repeating until August 20, 2020
One event on July 24, 2020 at 9:30am
Weekly Events, Family Fun, Summer, Nature, Activities, Signature Ranch Event
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*All activities and special events are currently reserved for lodging guests only.
Happening all summer long, our local beekeeper Brett Gingrich will teach guests about the exciting world of bees. Donning a full beekeeper suit, guests will have the opportunity to get up close and personal with our Ranch bees, learn their history and importance to our ecology system, and understand the care and maintenance bee hives require. Each guest will also take home their own yummy comb honey!
What to Expect on your Hive Tour
So, you’re ready to take a peek inside the hive at the secret life of bees? Here’s what you should know before you embark on your hive tour experience!
What to Wear and Bring – Closed-toe shoes are a MUST. We’ll provide you with a full bee suit and gloves. It’s best to wear layers underneath so you can adjust for the changing mountain temperatures. On any mountain adventure, it’s always smart to bring sunglasses and a filled water bottle.
The Experience – First, we’ll go over some basic hive safety precautions (see below.) – Next, we’ll get into some fun facts about bees, their roles, and the hives they live in. After we’re all learned up, we’ll get zipped into our bee suits and head into the bee yard. Our goals inside the yard? Identify all the different types of hive cells. We’ll also locate a worker bee, a drone, and hopefully the QUEEN bee!
Hive Safety – Honeybees do not want to sting you, but if they feel threatened and they have the opportunity they will! To prevent this, we’ll use a lot of smoke, keep calm when near the bees, move slowly, and speak softly. Hive tours ARE NOT recommended to individuals with a suspected or known bee allergy!