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Come visit us in person and learn more about our passion for bees at The Valley Hive!

THE VALLEY HIVE BEEKEEPING EXPERIENCE

2022 dates now available for purchase.

Jump into a bee suit and experience a day in the life of a beekeeper! Whether you are looking to start your own backyard hive or simply have a fascination with honeybees, after participating in The Valley Hive Beekeeping Experience, you will gain new insights into the amazing life cycle of the honeybee and walk away with a new appreciation of how important these pollinators truly are.

Covid Protocol:

We are doing our very best to adhere to the local current COVID guidelines set forth for the city & county of Los Angeles. All of our staff has been fully vaccinated. Since we will be working in small groups, in close proximity to one another, we can only accommodate vaccinated people at this time. As soon as conditions change, we will update these guidelines.

 

Please Note:

Children over 12 years of age are welcome with an adult. Younger children are permitted on a case-by-case basis. Space is limited. Due to the popularity of this event, dates fill up quickly. There are no refunds for canceled or missed appointments.

 

 

WHEN IS THE BEEKEEPING EXPERIENCE OFFERED?

The Beekeeping Experience is offered Spring thru early Fall. In the winter months, bees are more vulnerable. The size of the colony decreases, and food is harder to find. We do not like to disturb the bees unnecessarily during this critical time. In springtime honeybees flourish and their populations soar. This is the best time of year to see the bees in action.

 

WHAT CAN I EXPECT?

The Beekeeping Experience lasts approximately two hours from start to finish. Most classes start at 9am to take advantage of the cooler morning weather. We start with a short information session followed by a trip inside our gift store to learn more about what you will see during the beekeeping portion of the class.

 

LOOK INSIDE A GLASS OBSERVATION HIVE

While you gaze at bees inside a massive glass observation hive, you will learn interesting facts such as how many millions of flowers bees need to visit to produce a single pound of honey or which bees make all the decisions inside the hive.

 

SUIT UP

Wear a bee suit and experience how it feels to be inside an apiary. Open hives with a beekeeper and learn about the extraordinary life of the honeybee. Bring a camera to capture this unique, one-of-a-kind experience.

 

SWEET ENDING

Help us process honey from the apiary using a hot knife and a honey extractor. Enjoy the fruits of your labor and take home a sample jar of your work!

 

Click on the dates below to register:

  • Sunday March 27, 2022 @ 9am - SOLD OUT
  • Sunday May 29, 2022 @ 9am - SOLD OUT
  • Sunday June 5, 2022 @ 9am - SOLD OUT
  • Sunday June 19, 2022 @ 9am SOLD OUT
  • Sunday July 17, 2022 @ 9am  - SOLD OUT
  • Sunday July 31, 2022 @ 9am - SOLD OUT
  • Sunday August 21, 2022 @ 9am - SOLD OUT
  • Sunday September 18, 2022 @ 9am - SOLD OUT
  • Sunday October 2, 2022 @ 9am SOLD OUT
  • Sunday October 16, 2022 @ 9am - SOLD OUT
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    MORE DATES WILL BE AVAILABLE IN 2023.

     

    INTRO TO BEEKEEPING

    • Sunday December 19, 2021 @ 10am - DATE HAS PASSED
    • Sunday January 30, 2022 @ 10am -  DATE HAS PASSED

     

    Class Topic:  Is Beekeeping right for you?  This class will cover topics to help prepare you to become a beekeeper:

    • Time commitment
    • Equipment needed
    • Protective gear
    • Space requirements and hive placement
    • Los Angeles City Ordinance
    • Registering your hive with the county of Los Angeles

     

    Price:  FREE - Registration is required.

    • Sunday 12-19-2021 @ 10am Click here to register - DATE HAS PASSED
    • Sunday 1-30-2022 @ 10am Click here to register - DATE HAS PASSED

     

     

    BEGINNING BEEKEEPING SIX WEEK COURSE

    Objective: This six-week course is for aspiring new beekeepers, established beekeepers who wish to broaden their base of knowledge, and members of the community who desire a comprehensive understanding of what it takes to competently manage a colony of honeybees.

    Topics: Upon completion, students will be expected to demonstrate satisfactory knowledge of ten crucial areas of study including:

    1. History of Beekeeping
    2. Honeybee Biology
    3. Anatomy of a Hive
    4. Tools of the Trade
    5. Inspection Techniques
    6. Beekeeping Ordinance for Los Angeles.
    7. Diseases, Pests and Pathogens
    8. The Beekeeper’s Season in Southern California
    9. Setting Up an Urban Apiary
    10. Troubleshooting Problems in the Hive/Situational Awareness

     

    Location: All classes are held on Sunday and will take place at The Valley Hive located at 10538 Topanga Cyn Blvd in Chatsworth. Class will meet from 2pm – 4pm

    Class Dates:  Aug 14th, Aug 21st, Aug 28th, Sept 11th, Sept 18th, Sept 25th 

    Additionally: Two hours of lab work in our apiary is required to pass the class. Apiary availability will be sent out to students. Students are expected to make the time to accompany a Valley Hive Beekeeper during a typical inspection at one of our apiaries.

    Required material: The Valley Hive will provide the required textbook for this course, “The Backyard Beekeeper” by Kim Flottum. Students will also be provided with a binder which will be filled with material and notes throughout the course. Participation in completing the “Bee Binder” is mandatory to successfully passing the course.

    Price: $250.00

    Refunds: We regret that we will not be able to offer refunds after the first class has started.

     

    Click on the link below to register:

    Six Week Beekeeping Course:  Aug 14th, Aug 21st, Aug 28th, Sept 11th, Sept 18th, Sept 25th

     

    ONLINE BEGINNING BEEKEEPING COURSE

    Objective: This course is for aspiring new beekeepers, established beekeepers who wish to broaden their base of knowledge, and members of the community who desire a comprehensive understanding of what it takes to competently manage a colony of honeybees. This is an online course that you will be able to take at your own pace. Additional course content will be intermittently added, by our instructors, throughout the Spring. Check your email for information regarding live zoom meetings and “office hours” in case you have questions about the course content.

    Beginner Beekeeping Course Online - You will receive an email access link within 24 hours of signing up.

    Topics discussed in this course include:

    1. History of Beekeeping
    2. Honeybee Biology
    3. Anatomy of a Hive
    4. Tools of the Trade
    5. Beekeeping Ordinance for the City of Los Angeles
    6. Setting up an Urban Apiary
    7. The Beekeeper's Season in Southern California
    8. Inspection Techniques
    9. Diseases, Pests and Pathogens
    10. Troubleshooting Problems in the Hive/Situational Awareness

     

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