Douglas Farm

Presentations &  Demonstrations Menu

 Presentations

 Workshops

 Assembly

 Rates

Is your group looking for a speaker about beekeeping?

We have expierence presenting to all ages.

  • Presentations (Groups under 120 people)
  • Workshops (Learning by doing, groups under 35 people)
  • Assembly (Large audience designed program, over 120 people)

If your group has more than these numbers we suggest multiple sessions. People often book 2 or 3 sessions in the same day. This allows a session to target different age groups or a large group interested in smaller sessions. Additional sessions in the same day (beyond the first) have no additional transportation charge.

Let us know you have interest in us coordinating and presenting at a Colonial Period (1770's) day or field trip with presentation stations of various topics including beekeeping, cider making, glass blowing, colonial cooking, black smith etc. Stations may be run by presenters in period dress.

Presentations

Presentation 1

  • Telling the Bee's Story
  • For age range 3 – 9; length is 30 minutes

It's story time. 2 colorful books will be read to the audience. We suggest for groups over 30 to have a projector to show the pages.

Presentation 2

  • Nature’s Partners: Pollinators, Plants and You
  • For age range 4 – 9; length is 30 minutes or 45 minutes

The Nature's Partners curriculum is based on increasing the public's awareness and sense of responsibility that are essential to a successful conservation program for pollinators. In this introductory curriculum we have purposely chosen to focus on just one of the many pollinators as a means for teaching basic concepts about the process and importance of pollination. Honey bees are used many for their primary importance among pollinators.

Presentation 3

  • Gardening with the help of Pollinators
  • For age range 9 and up; length is 45 or 60 minutes

The Gardening with the help of Pollinators curriculum is based on increasing the public’s awareness and sense on how to create a friendly environment in their garden. In this curriculum it explains some simple steps to create a pollinator friendly landscape around the garden to increase production and beauty for the gardener and safety for the pollinator.

Presentation 4

  • Here’s the buzz about Honeybees!
  • For age range 9 and up; length is 45 or 60 minutes

In this curriculum you will learn about the kinds of honeybees, the life cycle of honeybees, and their environment called a colony. You will learn about pollination. Honeybees pollinate many of our crops, everything from almonds and apples to sunflowers and clover. At the end of this program you will understand better why the honeybee is a friend.

Presentation 5

  • Honey Bee History
  • For age range 10 to 19 and adults; length is 45 minutes

This class will show beekeeping throughout the ages. Starting in Egypt pre- 2000 B.C. Different hive structures and technological developments will be reviewed. Major beekeepers will be highlighted, from Darwin, and Brother Adam of the Buckfast Abbey to fictional character Sherlock Homes.

Presentation 6

  • Colonial Beekeeping
  • For age range 10 to 19 and adults; length is 45 or 60 minutes

With the arrival of European settlers in the "New World" came the honey bee.  Many colonists brought honeybee hives to America in order to supply their own needs and provide a means of exchange for trading.  In addition, the modern beehive method will be given while learning about colonial beekeeping method and products use.

Presentation 7

  • Honey Bee Products
  • For age range 13 to adult; length is 45 or 60 minutes

This class will review the wonderful world of beeswax products. Beeswax products include candles, soap, skin cream, and lip balm. Use your beeswax to its full potential. A demonstration on making beeswax candles is presented. Beeswax candles have a distinctive sweet smell, very different from those made from petroleum derived paraffin. Beeswax, as you can image from the term, is produce when bees make honey. The flames from beeswax are yellow because the temperature is lower than that made from paraffin. The two candle making methods are dipping and form. This presentation is a great prep session for our Bee Products Workshop.

Presentation 8

  • Introduction to Beekeeping
  • For age range 13 to adult; length is 45 or 60 minutes

This class will review the wonderful world of beekeeping. We will review important concepts such as equipment, breeds, basic biology, hive locations and diseases.

Presentation 9

  • A Youth Introduction to Beekeeping
  • For age range 9 to 18; length is 30, 45 or 60 minutes

This class will present the wonderful world of beekeeping, but with a youth focus.

Workshops

Workshop A

  • Honey Bee Products
  • For age range 13 to adult; length is 2 to 4 hrs (varries by product).

This is a hands-on workshop, taking the knowledge learned in Honey Bee Products; Workshop 100, and creating your own beeswax product in class. This workshop will go over some more techniques for the wonderful world of beeswax products. Beeswax products include soap, skin cream, or lip balm. Use your beeswax to its full potential. Participant material costs vary by product ingredients.

Workshop B

  • Making Beeswax Candles, Figures or Chrismas Ornaments
  • For age range 13 to adult; prep time (30 min) + program length is 2 to 4 Hrs.

This program is making beeswax candles. Beeswax candles have a distinctive sweet smell, very different from those made from petroleum derived paraffin. Beeswax, as you can image from the term, is produce when bees make honey. The flames from beeswax are yellow because the temperature is lower than that made from paraffin. The three candle making methods are dipping, sheet rolling and form molded. Material cost per participant include the cost of beeswax, wick (if making candles) and a mold (if not using dipping or rolling methods).

Workshop C

  • Decorating Beeswax Candles, Figures or Chrismas Ornaments
  • For age range 13 to adult; prep time (30 min) + program length is 2 to 4 Hrs.

Simalar to beeswax candles, they have a distinctive sweet smell. Beeswax is produce when bees make honey. The candles, figures or ornaments normally are premade by us or by participants during an additional workshop session. Participants then paint the wax figure with our special candle paint. Material cost per participant include the cost of the beeswax figure.

Workshop D1

  • Beekeeping 1
  • For age range 13 to adult; length is 3 Hrs.

Similar to Presentation 8, but expanded. Learn about the basic requirements and responsibilities for the first time beekeepers. Understand the mechanics of a hive, the tools involved, elements of the site selection, and gain an appreciation for a naturalist’s approach to the bees’ needs.

Workshop D2

  • Beekeeping 2
  • For age range 13 to adult; length is 4 hrs.

This is a hands-on workshop, taking the knowledge learned in Beekeeping Workshop 1, and using it in a bee yard. This course will go over more advance requirements and responsibilities for the beekeeper. You will be working in a bee yard to understand the mechanics of a hive, the use of tools, bee diseases and their enemies. This includes an understanding of the assembly of a wooden hive.

Workshop D3

  • Advanced Beekeeping
  • For age range 13 to adult; length is 4 hrs.

Having a basic understanding of the hive and tools, one can take a deeper look into hive management. You will work in the bee yard. We will examine the hive; learn biology and seasonal impacts on the hive. We will highlight the basics of a queen’s life, and honey bee genetics. We will cover pest management techniques and requirements for organic apiaries.

Workshop D4

  • Honey Extraction
  • For age range 13 to adult; length is 4 hrs.

Taking hives freshly removed from the hive through the extraction process: ucapping, spinning and bottling. Special terms availible for participants to buy honey harvested during the workshop. Limited to 15 people. Availibility is seasonal and conditional on honey harvest.

Assembly

  • Dancing with the Bees
  • For age range 4 to adult; length is 45 to 55 minutes

An open assembly program that brings the scientific magic of the honeybee’s life in a hive to life. Birth to Death, their daily jobs, environment, and piece of a larger puzzel. Conclusion breaks the audience into a dance to mimic the waggle dance of foragers.

  • Fly with Ms. Bee
  • For age range 4 to adult; length is 45 to 55 minutes

An open assembly program that explores the the scientific magic of pollination. A fun approach to pollination. Some of the topics include: dietary needs, pollen jocks, bee sight, floral varieties, pollination zones, food industry impact and ecological imporance. Conclusion breaks the audience into a dance to mimic pollination flight.

Assembly & Workshop combination packages are availible. If the program workshop programs are included the students are divided into workshop groups to taste the various honeys, to visit up close with an observation hive filled with bees, to make a beeswax candle, and most importantly, to share their bee fears, experiences and questions.

Rates

  • Presentations
    • 30 / 35 min presentation - $90 plus transportation
    • 45 / 50 min presentation - $125 plus transportation
    • 60 / 65 min presentation - $140 plus transportation
    • 15% off presentations when additional presentations are booked on the same day, discount does not apply the first presentation.
  • Workshops
    • 30 min prep. time plus 2 - 3 hrs of workshop: $225 plus transporation
    • Additional hour of workshop beyond this time: $75
    • Additional workshop session on the same day: $175
    • Workshop materials are extra and vary on workshop type.
  • Transportation: Each trip to the event site has a rate of $2 plus 75 cents per mile (round trip distance), plus tolls.
  • Additional fee may be charged if honey and beeswax products are not able to be sold at the event.
  • Honey Sticks to be handed out at the event are $10 for 50
    • 2 - 3 per person suggested
  • Assembly or Colonial Day - Contact Us