Our beekeeping Courses & Education
At our Beetopia hands-on learning apiary, indoor classroom & outdoor training facility, we offer group courses, one-on-one private training and educational projects to schools, home schooling and ECC. We also travel to various locations and offer our services on site.
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Our next beginner's courses will be held from September 2023 with a qualified beekeeper. The course provides the basics required for hive management at an introductory level and includes:
bee recognition (distinction between worker / nurse / drone / queen bees )
distinction between honey / nectar / capped honey/pollen
the all-important "life cycle of bees"& castes
understanding how to use all beehive equipment
info on how to register your beehives and mandatory requirements for beekeepers in New Zealand
Hands-on-lesson in hives
The courses run in small numbers as we believe this adds value and gives attendees plenty of hands-on time in the hives and the ability to ask one on one questions with our instructor.
2023/4 Beginner’s beekeeping
As courses are weather dependent and spring in Aotearoa is notoriously unpredictable, please bear in mind if the weather is wet and/or too windy we cannot open the hives and therefore might be obliged to postpone course dates.
Our half day courses are held on Saturday or Sunday mornings from 8.30am am - 12.30/ noon in Matakana. Tea & Coffee & Honey drinks provided during morning break. Honey Tasting and Equipment overview at the end of the course.
Protective Beekeeping Clothing & Gloves provided
Cost per person $220
September 17th- 24th
October 1st - 8th - 29th
November 12th - 26th
January 14th (Disease Recognition)
February 4th - 18th
March 3rd -17th
April 14th (Disease Recognition)
Payment required before commencing the course.
Payment details provided upon confirming the course date.
Pollinator Education - Fun Lessons -Talks -Honey Sessions - Team Bonding
We offer tailor-made learning opportunities to schools, ECC, libraries, corporates and private groups. Below are a few groups we have successfully catered for :
Matakana Primary School
Leigh Primary School
Pakiri Primary School
Ahuroa Primary School
Wainui Primary School
Muddy Toes ECC
Warkworth & Wellsford ECCs
Warkworth & Wellsford Libraries
Chelsea Sugar Team Bonding
Kowhai Festival and A&P Show
Mitre 10 Flower Show
Many many Garden groups
Residential Care Homes
Home Schooling groups
Disease Recognition & Varroa Education Courses.
Contact us for details of course dates and more info.
Thank you for sharing your amazing passion with our young explorers. Your lessons showed an indepth knowledge of not only beekeeping and its associated activities but also an ability to make this relevant to tamariki of all ages.
We loved having you at our school. Please bee back
Principal Ahuroa School
Grass’ passion and knowledge for all things bees inspired a schoolwide term long inquiry which we called Pollinators and Petals. During this inquiry, Grass delivered a superb series of informative lessons which were interactive and made even more interesting with all of the 'beeautiful' hands on materials and resources she brought with her. Grass pitches the learning perfectly for our different year levels and has a lovely way with all students.
Principal Leigh School
Grass was so enthusiastic and provided fun, engaging hands-on lessons. The lessons were relevant, well prepared and always pitched at an age appropriate level. The students gained a wealth of knowledge (as did the teachers). Over a year later and the students are still talking about the things they learnt from Grass. We are really looking forward to working with Grass again to set up our own bee hives here at school.
Darrel Goosen Principal/Tumuāki
Beetopia New Zealand
"All things Bees"
is located just outside of Matakana
181 Omaha Flats Road