Invite our Honeybees to your Home, Party, Office, Retreat, Camp or Cottage
Have You Ever been Up Close to 40,000 or 60,000 Honeybees? See what other say about the experience.
“Touch Our Bees” program
“I have known John for many years, he is truly passionate about what he does and has the motivation and drive to make change in our environment. His Bee presentations are interactive, allowing campers and staff to use their hands to see and touch material from the beehive, tools used in honey production and maintenance and even allows the campers to interact and view a live hive. With such interaction, Johns passion and teachings, the campers gain a strong understanding around the importance of Honeybees in our natural environment. This is a message that will stick with them forever. Furthermore, John took the time to interact with my campers, assisting them with beeswax candle making and allowing them to sample some fresh squeezed honey. I would highly recommend John and his programs for any age group, event or summer camp. “
Connor – Camp Wild Child Director/Founder
I learned how to find the queen bee in a hive and learned about the jobs of the other bees! Going to the hives was so cool” Jack – Age 7
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Invite us to your home, office party, summer camp or cottage …
HoneyHoney had so much fun teaching kids and teens about the importance of honeybees. Summer of 2018 was awesome indeed. But rather than me speak about their interaction with bees one just has to read their personal experiences on-line! We will be posting more pictures as this website evolves. This program runs from May 1, 2019 to September 15, 2019 and subject to weather conditions in fall.
“John was funny, interesting and gave me lots of cool stories about bees” Jackson – Age 9
“I learned a lot from John the bee man at camp about bees and how honey was made, and how bees are important to the earth” Talia – Age 8
“I learned a lot of cool stuff about bees from John during camp. He is funny, cool and helped us all make candles! They smell so Good! – Cameron Age 9
“ My favorite part from the bee presentation was making the honey and getting to taste it!” Sam – Age 5
“ John taught us how to make honey from the raw combs! It was sticky but so YUMMY” Alexander – Age 8
Inviting our Honeybees to your home, party, office, retreat, camp or memorial can be a unique once on a lifetime experience. In addition, we will tailor our visit to your liking, but I can tell you from experience most kids and adults find being around honeybees such an exciting and thrilling experience to All. Some have said “the bees just made my summer the best ever experience “. You will have such a thrill you’ll want us back we are building a trailer with an observation tower and it will be ready in Spring of 2019 which can travel all over Ontario. There is no excuses anymore …we will be there just pick up the phone and book us!
Opening a beehive is extremely important to a beekeeper because it tells what is happening to the hive. Is it collapsing, is it diseased, is it thriving and is it healthy and producing honey, etc.. ….
Get to know our bees’ sessions
HoneyHoney has offered its services free to hundreds of children in Ontario over the past few years. And the response has been outstanding, the children love being around bees and getting to know them from inside out. Our services although mainly in southern Ontario will expand to cover most of Camps in Ontario. We are building a special beehive observation tower on wheels in the spring of 2019. This will enable us to drive and bring this wild insect to your home, office, summer camp or retreat. Mostly, everyone will be able to see and observe hive movement only inches away. And if the bees are co-operating then the observation tower will be opened and everyone is welcome to touch and handle the honeybees but only under direct supervision and only if the bees are in a good mood (bees can get nasty just before thunderstorm or if they feel that you are attempting to hurt or make fast moves and all these aspects may trigger a negative bee response.
Usually an introduction is given about honeybees and their significance to our well being and sustaining our food supply.
Then a short visit to the history of honeybees followed by some interesting facts about this wild insect such as how long does a Queen bee live, how many eggs does she lay in a day, over her lifetime. How is a bee colony organized? And then off to the hives and finally a hands on for making some sort of craft made from beeswax, candle, lip balm or other. Honeyhoney provides all the necessary equipment, hive tools veils, smoker etc.
People also ask
What are some facts about bees?
What is the role of a queen bee?
Did you know facts about honeybees?
What is a colony of bees called?
How much honey does one hive produce?
Is it illegal to exterminate bees?
Can I kill honeybees?
Do birds eat bees?
Do honeybees come back to the same nest?
How long do the worker bees live?
Construction of a beehive?
How many different bees exist in Ontario?
What to so when one is bitten by a honeybee or other bees?
What can you do with propolis?
How is lip balm made?
How does a honeybee colony decide to swarm?
Why do they swarm?
What does bees do over winter?
Do bees migrate south during winter?
What medicines can we get from bees?
Is bee honey, propolis, wax used in cosmetics manufacturing process?
Honey from start to finish?
We will take you through how honey is produced, how to extract the honey, how to filter it, how to bottle it, how to label it and finally some good old tasting of this sweat syrup like substance.
Visiting the actual Beehive? Touching the bees are you crazy?
This is where it gets REAL EXCITING for everyone. Getting up close to bees looking at them is one thing but actually holding a frame with 5,000 honeybees or being my helper and being among 50,000 or 60,000 bees and listening to their wings beat in synchronicity or actually touching a honeybee or could this experience be life altering experience. How about actually carrying one around for a few hours on your hand and bonding with one? How incredible and awesome would that be?
“I have never learned about the importance of bees until I was at camp and john did his presentation. He is funny, very interactive, passionate about what he does, and really care about what the kids are learning” Mason – Camp Councilor
“ Wearing the bee suit and holding the hive was AWESOME” Noah – age 8
“Making the candles and smelling the scents was my favorite part” Taylor – age 6
“I learned how to find the queen bee in a hive and learned about the jobs of the other bees! Going to the hives was so cool” Jack – Age 7
“I think john was the best! He taught me a lot about bees and why they are important for us. Making the honey and scraping the wax was so much fun” Colby – Age 10
“ I didn’t know how important bees were. I always thought they were annoying and would sting us, but john taught me that they are not going to hurt us, and that we need them for us to have food” Sarah – Age 11
Most of our attendees/participants are somewhat reluctant to touch the bees at first but after a while they ALL eventually do, including adults and children with very few exceptions. This I can tell you is one of life’s moments indeed and most empowering for all.
Yes of course there are always those who want to show off to their classmates, friends or family and there are other/s who truly love the experience and who look forward to interacting with the bees. Or how about watching the colony fight off an intruder or a honey robber? How about looking and finding the queen bee, drones or workers bees? It’s all new and exciting stuff that isn’t so abundantly available in our society.
Donating our Time to our community?
HoneyHoney donates much of it’s time to our community although much time is now spent on other aspects of it’s business. To keep our company sustainable, viable and contributing limited free services to our community and those in need please donate, whatever you can afford. It all goes to a great cause and our children’s future. Thank you those who have donated and those who will in the future thank you so much!!
Usually as part of the session/s the kids, adults ALL get a chance to make beeswax candles. This is an incredible experience if you haven’t done it before. How adding some preferred essential oils to the beeswax to make the special scent for your loved ones or make it as a gift for someone.
Let’s make some lip balm with some of your favourite flavours. We put together a special mixture of oils, she butter, coconut oil, beeswax and essential oils.
Watch the interaction with bees?
Some simply sit around and watch the bees land and take off, watching the foraging bees bring back pollen or honey and handing to off to other receiver bees.
When will you make that call and ask HoneyHoney to be part of your family party, camp , office experience or other? Thank you for taking time to read this page.
Touch Our Bees program
Pricing of the various activities will vary.
For a 3-4 hour session with our bees will cost about $10 per person with a minimum of $150.00 per session. This will include theory, hands on at hive and the making of either candle or lip balm. If are outside of the apiary we will bring our observation tower and beehives along for the “Touch our Bees” program.
If there is interest in making of propolis tincture or other items then we need to talk about particulars or discussing the health benefits of such products and propolis, beeswax etc. we also need to factor this aspect into the equation.
If services are required outside of Hamilton, Burlington, Oakville, Milton an additional fee/s will be charged for time, travel, food and lodging if and when necessary. This can be arranged during our preliminary discussions.
If you are interested to purchase “Touch our Bees” program which includes time with the bees, the handling of bees, the history and one handcraft item such as making of a candle please order below. Cost is $10 per person plus any additional travel costs if outside of zone 1 with a minimum cost of $150 plus applicable taxes. Please provide us with dates and locations.
HoneyHoney is proud to introduce our “Touch Our Bees” program. It is the only kind in Canada which offers such variety of activities for such a reasonable cost. The memories will last a lifetime. If the activity is within the Hamilton, Burlington, Milton, Oakville area (zone 1) then there is no extra fees for travel, lodging and food. If the activity is in Zone 2 which is outside of Zone 1 area. Niagara Falls, St. Catherine’s, and area (we are Not able to serve the USA for now) is Zone 2. Toronto, Oshawa Pickering is Zone 3. Up to south end of Algonquin park is Zone 4. More zones will be introduced as this website evolves, thank you for your patience.