What It's Like
Held on the grounds of The Southwest Conservation Club 5703 Bluffton Road in Fort Wayne, Indiana 46819. > Map Directions Surrounded by a developing prairie and the preserved grounds, our programs are held outside under our science tent, which creates the perfect environment for students to be immersed with the natural surroundings without traveling too far from home.
Fun, Hands-On, Exploratory & Educational!
- Customized Activities For This Age Group
- Explore a sealed observation hive with live bees inside (safe for all ages)
- Discover how neat and helpful honey bees are to us
- Learn about the life-cycle of the honey bee
- Investigate how honey bees work together and communicate to keep their hive strong
- Tour the developing prairie and learn about the plants honey bees like to pollinate
- Learn about what can be done at home to help honey bees and pollinators
- Taste natural honey
- Includes a take-home packet with fun educational activities
Each class has been designed by our on-staff educator Megan Ryan, who has her Master’s Degree in Education and a passion for pollinators. Our small class size (less than 25 students) with two educators leading each class, allows every student to have an intimate, fun and impactful learning experience.
Educational Impact & Partners Of Our Program
The overall mission of our programs is to open the minds of our students with a fun and interactive learning experience that brings them outdoors and connects them with the natural environment. Ideas we will explore include the intricacies of the beehive, the role of pollinators in our ecosystem, and the importance of conservation minded thinking and living. The depth of these topics investigated depend on the age group.
Our program has been brought to life with the assistance of SARE (Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education), Betterbee, Wheeler’s Bees (Ossian, IN) , ACRES Land Trust, organic farms, and other local, regional and national organizations. We are members of the American Beekeeping Federation, Beekeepers of Indiana Association and Northeastern Indiana Beekeepers Association. Our partnership with all of these organizations includes sharing information and ideas for educating the public to help pollinators.
What should my child wear?
- Appropriate clothing for the outdoors
- If you will be joining us for the morning sessions, please send a jacket with your child if the mornings are cool.
- We will be taking a walk through our prairie, this means comfortable shoes that are able to get dirty.
- Long pants- we recommend long pants instead of shorts.
- Please be sure to put sunscreen on your child prior to arrival.
- A hat and sunglasses may be great options to help protect against sunburns and UV rays. We will be outdoors for the entirety of the session. While most of this time will be spent under a tent, there will be time spent in the sun.
- Please do not have your child wear sandals or shorts.
What should my child bring?
- A Program Packet with a signed waiver for each participant (This is REQUIRED in order to participate). The Program Packet will be emailed to each registrant a week before the class.
- Ensure your child is in good health, fed and well hydrated.
- Allow ample time to ensure your child has time to use the bathroom in the clubhouse before the class starts. There will be no designated bathroom breaks and the clubhouse is a considerable distance from the class location.
- Please do not bring snacks, but a small water bottle is acceptable. We will have water on-site for particularly hot days and emergencies to keep our participants well hydrated.
- An open mind, ready to learn and have fun!
What happens if there is inclement weather?
- We will cross our fingers that this does not happen, but as we operate outdoors, inclement weather is a possibility. Before and throughout the duration of the class, our educators will be monitoring the weather and other factors that may cause a class to be cancelled. In any such case, each registrant will be emailed or called and may choose to move their child to a later class, retain southwesthoney.com online credit or have class fees returned.
Can Parents Attend The Class?
- We encourage parents to join us for this enriching and fun experience. Please come enjoy this time with us- we promise that you will have just as much fun as the kids!
- One free adult per child registered.
- If there will be more than one adult coming with your child, there is a $5.00 fee for that adult payable on the day of the class.
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We have two on-site educators who will be helping our students have a fun experience! Before and throughout the duration of the class, our educators will be monitoring the weather and other factors that may cause a class to be cancelled. In any such case, each registrant will be emailed or called and may choose to move their child to a later class, retain southwesthoney.com online credit or have class fees returned.
Our classes will be held outside, as such there is an inherent risk associated with any outdoor activity.
As a part of our program, we require all participants or a guardian of each participant to complete our liability waiver. > Click For Sample Waivers will be sent to participants in our program packet about a week before the class. Please complete the waiver and bring it with you on the day of your class.
- Cold water will be kept on-site for any children or parents who feel dehydrated, especially for hot days.
- We will have a sealed & locked observation hive containing live bees as a part of our activities.
- The experience includes a 10 minute walk on a mowed path through our prairie.
- There are beehives on-site, any participant under 18 years old will not be allowed within 20 feet of the hives.
- Unpasteurized honey will be tasted by participants. Please make us aware of any honey allergies any participant may have.
- At least one on-site educator is CPR certified by the American Heart Association and First Aid.
- At least one on-site educator is “Child Safety Certified” through Purdue Extension.
Our programs are designed to be safe so our participants have a fantastic experience! If you have any concerns about safety, please feel free to contact our lead educator, Megan Ryan (260) 609-2897.
If you are registering 15 or more students, we can offer a private session specially catered to your group!
Our classes are much more exciting and impactful in an environment where children are surrounded by friends, family and familiar faces. We can design a program perfect for your group with similar pricing.
This year we will be working with church groups, Boy Scouts & Girl Scouts, summer camps, conservation groups, schools and more! Each event is customized for your group in order to facilitate fun and education with our weekly classes.
Can’t come to us? Don’t worry, we can come to you! Our traveling program is a perfect addition to your children’s program, event or general activities.
Hurry, our group bookings are beginning to fill up for the summer. Please contact our lead educator Megan Ryan (260) 609-2897 for more details. Or click here to visit our Group Bookings Page