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Amazing Honey Bees at Meijer Gardens (Grand Rapids)

Sponsoring Organization: Meijer Gardens

Date: July 8-July 9

Start Time: 1 pm

End Time: 4 pm

Location : Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, 1000 E Beltline Ave NE, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49525

Description of the Event: 

"Bee" amazed this weekend as you take a closer look at the fascinating world of honeybees. Join us in Michigan's Farm Garden to discover different aspects of bees and beekeeping by viewing an observation hive, exploring a beekeeper's unusual equipment and making a beeswax candle. Find out how to communicate like a bee by participating in a "bee dance." Learn some amazing aspects of honey by tasting several different types and watching a honey inspired cooking demonstration.

July 8 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
July 9 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

This event is included with your admission!

Highlights include these family friendly activities:
In the Farm House:
Honey sampling –sample a variety of honeys – everything from raw crystallized honey to very dark buckwheat honey.
Observation hive and beekeeper's equipment and display - watch live bees in action, then try on the equipment that beekeepers use.

On the Front Lawn:
Busy bee pollen game – wear a special Velcro bee-belt and assume the role of a honey bee – collecting pretend pollen from a variety of colorful paper flowers.
Bee Dance – learn about then follow the footsteps to imitate a bee's dance.
Bee-bag game – attempt to "return the bees to their hive" with bee-inspired beanbags and a hive-shaped board.

On the Front Porch:
Bees wax candle making – create a (small) bee's wax candle to take home.

In the Barn:
Cooking demonstration – Chef Jennifer Zirkle will demonstrate Honey Granola at 1:30 and 3:00, with sampling a must!

Education Credit Hours: Please check with your Extension Agent

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