Each year, 30 youth participate in a 3-month beekeeping course at EYA’s two beehives and eco-pavilion training space in Strathcona Community Garden. Youth receive seven days of instruction led by Brian Campbell, master beekeeper and program instructor at Langara College’s Sustainable Urban Beekeeping Program. Young beekeepers-in-training gain the theoretical knowledge and technical skills to carry out organic beekeeping on their own. Instruction includes honeybee anatomy, social behaviour of bees, pest management, beekeeping equipment, hive inspections, honey processing, and overwintering. Past program graduates may apply for a mentorship position. Mentors have greater responsibility for hive maintenance, assist program facilitation, and sharpen leadership skills. The program also includes a series of outdoor honeybee and mason bee workshops for kids. Guided by EYA facilitators, children engage in hands-on exploration and discovery of bees designed to inspire and cultivate a sense of wonder. Interacting with mason bee cocoons from our Mason Bee Hotel at Oak Meadows Park or our honeybee hives, they learn to identify, handle, and care for bees, and understand the importance of bees to urban biodiversity. The workshops are held in parks and schoolyards across Metro Vancouver and in partnership with community groups. We deliver 10-15 bee workshops each year.
To sign up for a beekeeping course or inquire about hosting a workshop for kids, contact Erin at firstname.lastname@example.org