School Group Tours
Honeyland Canada has designed progressive guided school tours to foster a resource-rich learning environment for students of all ages. Our guided tours extend classroom learning and allow students to discover and explore the marvelous world of bees. When you are booking your group tour, please be sure to specify the tour that you wish to have delivered to your students. Please notify us if there are any special requests.
For Preschoolers through to Grade 12, the presentation portion of the tour will focus on the topics listed below, unless otherwise requested. Each tour is approximately 1 to 1.5 hours in length and will consist of a classroom presentation along with hands-on opportunities for the participants.
Hands-on activities during the tour may include:
- Basic honey extraction
- Wearing a beekeeping suit and opening a hive
- Scraping beeswax cappings off honeycombs
- Honey taste testing
*Note: The hive observation area is currently under construction but hive openings are still available
All tours are designed by Ron Lin, President of Honeyland Canada (aka Dr Bee) and facilitated by educated staff memebers. If there is a specific topic that you do not see included in the tour overview that you wish to have included in your tour, please contact Honeyland Canada and we will do our best to accommodate your needs.
$6.50 per person including GST
– For every 4 students, 1 free parent admission
– Teacher(s) / Bus Driver(s) receive complimentary admission
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Tour Overview By Grade Level
To introduce the honey bee.
To lessen any fears that children may have of the honey bee.
– Oh no, a bee!!!
– The honey bees home sweet home
– Let’s have some fun and do the honey bee boogie
KINDERGARTEN & GRADE 1
To recognize the different types of honey bees and why each type is so important.
To understand why bees make honey.
– The honey bees body
– A look at the different kinds of bees: queen, drone and worker
– Why we need honey bees
– it’s not just for the honey!
GRADE 2 & 3
To understand the life stages of the honey bee and the need for cooperation inside the hive.
To be able to differentiate between a honey bee versus a bumble bee or wasp
– Honey bee life stages
– A hive of activity…let’s take a look inside and see who’s responsible for what
– Yike…the stinger and a look at killer bees
– A bee or not a bee? Comparing bees with similar stinging insects
GRADE 4 & 5
To understand how honey bees communicate.
To understand the importance of the honey bee in pollination and the process of pollination.
To understand how bees make honey.
– Bee Pheromones
– Bee communication
– using the sun to tell other bees the direction the flowers are in.
– Bees & Plants
– How bees process the nectar to make honey
GRADE 6 & 7
GRADES 6 & 7
To understand the impact that environmental issues have on the health of honey bees.
To introduce the benefits of organic gardening.
– Why bees get sick
– A look at life without the honey bee
– Grab your gloves and take a step into our organic blueberry fields
GRADE 8 & 9
To recognize the chemical composition of honey.
To introduce various products from the hive.
– Breaking down the honey
– What is it made up of?
– Why unpasteurized honey is preferred
– Introduction of pollen, propolis, royal jelly and bee venom.
– The harvesting process
GRADE 10 & 11
To understand the history of hive products and their uses.
– Overview of raw honey, pollen, propolis, royal jelly (composition)
– Discussing nutritive and curative properties. Did you know? In 400 BC, Greek athletes were given honey as a carbohydrate boost and Egyptians used honey to embalm their rulers.
– Bee Venom Therapy – Current trends in natural medicine
– Bee aware: not all products are created equally.
Career Awareness. To experience life as beekeeper.
– Looking at the current demand for skilled beekeepers
– Opportunities in the beekeeping industry
– Course offerings and practicum opportunities
– Importance of on-going education and up to date skills of the trade.