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Join Tyler Arboretum’s Hive Sponsorship Program to learn how to actively manage honeybee colonies throughout the entire 2021 beekeeping season (April – October). Gain hands-on experience managing a set number of colonies with other Hive Sponsors under the guidance of Tyler’s lead volunteer beekeeper, Paul Strommer. Colonies will not be assigned but instead are managed by the group, enabling the entire group to share in the success of the colonies. The ratio of Hive Sponsors to bee colonies is approximately 2:1.

There will be 12 to 14 two-hour sessions (which includes the hive installation). All sessions are scheduled from 11 am to 1 pm, but times may flex due to weather. Sponsorship includes registration for any beekeeping public programs and any “open” hive dates.

The monthly schedule of “open” hive dates are:

Orientation (Required Attendance): Saturday, April 10, 11 am – 1 pm

Hive Installation (Required Attendance): Saturday, April 24, 11 am – 1 pm

Tentative program schedule: May 8, May 22, June 5, June 19, July 10, July 24, August 7, August 21, September 11, September 25, October 9, and October 23 from 11 am to 1 pm. Dates may alter and you will be notified via email as soon as we know. Attendance will be taken to comply with COVID-19 regulations.

Please note:

  • Why 11 am – 1 pm? You want bees out of the colony flying when you work the hives. The bees are most active at the mid-point of the day, when the sun is highest in the sky.
  • Most of the beekeeping activity takes place mid-April to mid-June & mid-Aug to mid-Oct.
  • Mid-July to mid-Aug can get hot and folks take vacations, so it can be a little quieter.

Veil, gloves and hive tool included in registration. Enjoy a share of the honey yield (yield amount TBD). Fee goes towards beekeeping supplies and equipment, program registrations, and supporting the education and conservation activities of Tyler Arboretum. The hive boxes and bees (including queens) used in the program are property of Tyler Arboretum.

Face masks are required on-site AT ALL TIMES – whether you are indoors, outdoors, or near anyone who is not part of your household. Please observe all social distancing guidelines.

Space is limited. Open to Tyler Arboretum members only (non-member fee includes new individual membership). Deadline for registration and payment in full is Wednesday, March 31. 

Members: $400 each; Non-members: $460 each (fee includes new individual membership)

Register here.