Educational Programs, Courses, Workshops

Our public courses and programs are held at our eco-friendly, off-grid educational centre/honey house at our honey bee farm in Wilno, Ontario. Our facility is committed to environmental awareness and education, since 2006.

We offer educational programs, courses and workshops, and host educational field trips on our farm. Our love of beekeeping and harmonizing with the land inspires us to teach children and adults the importance of honeybee apiculture.

BEGINNER BEEKEEPER’S HANDS-ON COURSE:

COURSE DATES 2020
Sunday June 21st • 9 am to 4 pm
Sunday June 28th • 9 am to 4 pm

This course requires no prior knowledge or previous experience working with honeybee colonies. Safety and individual comfort are extremely important as we will provide head-to-toe protective gear for each participant. You may choose not to wear it at your own discretion. 

Here at deGroots Apiaries/Farm we’ve been working with honeybees and colony hive management since 2010, teaching us the vital knowledge of beekeeping successfully in a zone three location. This course will teach you how to bee-keep successfully in our cold Canadian climate, biology of the honeybee, hive workings, seasonal management, successful over-wintering techniques, honey flow and production, disease management, and see how we incorporate our farm to aid our honeybees.

In the Beginner Beekepers course, all introductory beekeeping techniques will be shown and taught with much hands-on teaching, as we explore and dissect a full colony beehive.

This is a one-day, intensified course from 9 am to 4 pm. Please arrive 15 minutes early. Please bring boots/shoes to wear during our bee yard sessions.

Lunch is provided. Gear is provided by deGroots Apiaries.
Pre-payment is a requirement to secure your spot. Total including tax: $150.00

Please visit our Facebook page at to sign up, or contact us through gmail, degrootsfarm@gmail.com.

FAMILY DAY WITH THE BEES COURSE:

COURSE DATES 2020
Sunday July 5th •   10:00 am to 3 pm
Sunday July 12th • 10:00 am to 3 pm

This day course is offered to families with children on our honey bee farm in beautiful Wilno, Ontario. Our bee farm is situated in the beautiful hills of Madawaska Valley where there are no large agricultural fields due to our mountainous rocky landscape. This leaves our lands free of chemical crop sprays, keeping our countryside a pure habitat to raise honey bees and make pure, raw, wildflower mountain honey.

This day course will teach parents and children about the full operations of an Apiary/honey bee colonies with hands-on learning as we dissect real live bee colonies, don’t worry, everyone will be fully protected from head to toe!

We spend the first half of the day in the education center/honey house discussing honeybee colony maintenance, brood patterns, pest and disease management, disorders of the hive, dividing hives, biology of honeybee races and wild native bees, pollination concernment, how bees raise their young, and why honeybees are vital for maintaining a healthy thriving eco-system that puts 1 in every 3 bites of food on our tables.

We break at noon for a buffet lunch provided by deGroots Apiaries/Farm.

Then continue in the second half of the day with our hands-on observations in the Apiary where we will be handling (optional for attendees) real live bee colonies, and don’t worry, honeybees are extremely gentle, happy and passive in June/July, and wonderful to work with. We have all our bees inspected and certified and take the up most precautions regarding safety.

During our hands-on portion we will locate the queen and discuss her laying patterns, how she operates, and problems that Queen bees go thru and how we as beekeepers keep her healthy. We will locate the worker bees and discuss nectar, pollen and propolis gathering, and what makes these most important substances vital for bee survival. We’ll discuss why Spring and Summer seasons are the most important to bees and show you how the bees work in these months to sustain their colony thru the Fall and Winter.

Lastly well take freshly made honeycomb from our hives back to our honey house for extraction and taste testing, showing your family how honey is processed and filtered.

This is a course your children will never forget and most certainly not want to miss out on.

Join us on our honey bee farm for a full day of learning all about the beautiful honey bees!

Lunch and full body protective gear is provided by deGroots Apiaries/Farm. All you need to bring is water bottles and a pair of boots for each individual.

Some Minor Restrictions Apply:

  • Children must be over the age of 6
  • Family members must be related
  • Each adult must be with their child/children at all times during the course.
  • All individual allergies to food, bees and environment must be provided one month prior to course date.

Adults: $75.00

Children under 14: $55

Large 4+ family reduced rates available. Please contact us for large group pricing.

These prices include tax.


apiculture | ˈeɪpɪˌkʌltʃə | noun technical term for beekeeping.