Honeybees serve a vital purpose in our environment as pollinators. The Bee Whispering program is designed for everyone from novices to experts – for those interested in establishing their own hives to those who are just curious about these extraordinary insects. Participants will learn about honeybee behavior, basic beekeeping, bee-whispering techniques, and products derived from bees. The program also addressees the critical issue of “Colony Collapse” and the plight of honeybee populations across the globe.
This year, the program expands to include three interactive educational workshops plus four hands-on maintenance sessions at the apiary, led by the Conservancy’s beekeeper and program sponsor Jean-Marie Posner. Participants can attend one or all dates, and join at any time.
Saturday Honeybee Workshops
10:30 am – noon
Each workshop includes a multi-media presentation in Castle Gould and a work session at the apiary.
– June 23: Meet the Pollinators
– July 21: Appreciating Apiculture
– August 18: National Honeybee Day
‘Busy at the Bee Yard’ Maintenance Sessions
10 – 11 am
Follow along with the beekeeper as she performs maintenance on the hives. These sessions involve hands-on participation on beekeeping techniques.
– May 26
– June 17
– July 29
– August 12
As a precaution, wear long sleeves, long pants, closed shoes, and tie up long hair. Hats and gloves are recommended. No perfume or insect repellents! Also, do not eat bananas before the sessions, as they remind honeybees of a fight pheromone which can disturb the hives.
Non-Members: $10 per car
- National Honeybee Day!
August 18, 2018
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Venue: Check at Gate House
Directions from NYC: Long Island Expressway to exit 36 (Searingtown Road/Port Washington). At the light, make a left and go under the Long Island Expressway heading north. Take Searingtown Road north, it will change into Port Washington Boulevard and then into Middle Neck Road. The Preserve will be on the right. Directions from points east: Long Island Expressway to exit 36 (Searingtown Road/Port Washington). At the light, make a right onto Searingtown Road. Take Searingtown Road north, it will change into Port Washington Boulevard and then into Middle Neck Road. The Preserve will be on the right.