K-12 Presentation capabilities:
- Observation hive available for live bee interaction in a safe environment
- Power Point presentations on a variety of topics – every presentation can be customized to better fit the audience needs.
- Intelligent and thoughtful informational topics
- Tailored to TEKS related learning when applicable
- Interactive “bee” games with kids for smaller groups
- Bee-centric arts and crafts for smaller groups
- Honey tasting for smaller groups
Presentation Topics For Any Audience:
Our beekeeping talks have accompanying slideshow presentations.
- The Basic World of Bees – This is a general presentation about the fascinating honey bee.
- Friends of Bees – A discussion about man-made problems for bees and how we can all help make better decisions for honey bees and other pollinators. This is an exploration of things great and small that we can do to help ensure the health and safety of pollinators.
- Making Honey – How is honey made? We will explain the process from nectar collection to being collected by a beekeeper. This talk can be modified for children but by default explains the science behind honey. We’ll also explain why it’s important to buy real honey, shop local and know your beekeeper.
- Beekeeping for Landowners – This talk explores how bees can be used for agricultural gain.
Presentation Topics For Beekeepers:
- Just Begin (Keeping Bees) – This is a basic outline for those who are just getting started in beekeeping. We’ll discuss the basics of setting up an apiary, how to install, and how to get through your first year in confidence.
- Annual Management – This is a good outline to understand what activities are seasonal and why.
- Bee is for Biology – This is a basic overview of beekeeping biology. Understanding biology of bees can lead you to be a better beekeeper by giving you a better understanding of “how bees work”.
- Top Bar Beekeeping – The basics of top bar beekeeping and hive management.
- Managing Your Apiary Size – This talk explores the steps and activities you’ll take to grow or maintain your apiary size. This includes the basics of swarm management so you can “keep your bees” as well as splits for growth.
- Hive Inspections and Trigger-based Management – We discuss the basics of hive inspections as well as basic management techniques. This is a reactionary discussion of what you can do as a beekeeper when you see things that are out of the norm.
- Fall & Winter – How to prepare your bees for survival during the winter dearth. This is an exploration of the prep work it takes to keep your hive healthy prior to winter rather than during.
- Catching and Keeping Swarms – We’ll discuss how to be prepared for swarm season, easily capture swarms and keep them alive.
- Removing and Relocating Bees From Structures – From the materials needed to remove bees to tips and tricks for how to remove them with ease, this talk will also discuss steps to take to make sure your bees stay alive after you’ve relocated them.
- Bootstrap a Bee Business – How to do more with less money and start a beekeeping business while keeping your day job. This is a sideliner’s journey into commercial beekeeping with innovative ideas on how to grow with less.
- Bees Apothecary – Products of the Hive – Bees collect nectar to turn it into honey, they produce wax, they gather propolis and pollen. We’ll evaluates these products and how they’re used in Apitherapy and beyond.
- Homemade Products from the Hive – We’ll discuss the products of the hive and how they can be used to make cosmetics such as lip balm, lotions, and face scrubs. This is how honey, wax, and propolis can be put to work outside the bee hive.
- Agricultural Valuations and Beekeeping – We’ll discuss the basics of keeping bees on property for agricultural valuations in Texas. This talk discusses how to determine the standards for your county as well as how to turn it into a win-win for the beekeeper and landowner.
- Honey Bees as a Superorganism – This talk discusses the hive and how it behaves as a superorganism in order to survive. No part survives alone – it takes the hive as a whole. The mechanics of honey bee behavior, pheromones, and hive communication as they work within the colony.
- Practical Application of Space Management – This is a tips and tricks approach to “how” to manipulate frames and manage bees. We briefly discuss the difference in various hive types in this talk as well as the more general “space” and “management” practices that apply across all beekeeping.
- Learn from Mistakes – A Hive Autopsy Class – Learning from yours (and others’) mistakes is a great way to get ahead of the game on quality beekeeping. Common mistakes and hard lessons that beekeepers often learn the hard way in their first few years.
- Top Bar & Foundationless Beekeeping – We do keep top bar hives in addition to our more numerous Langstroth hives. In this talk we discuss management practices and tips that are important for top bar and foundationless beekeeping. From getting started to annual management of an established colony, we’ll cover the bases.