Sunday, July 4, 2010

Bee Unit: Fieldtrip

This weekend we went to visit some friends, I did a little research and found a small beekeeping farm and Honey Museum to take the kids to.

It was perfect. There was one room dedicated to bees – we saw a giant display on the different type of honey bees (worker bees, drones and queen).

IMG_0055 The life cycle of a bee. Seasonal habits of bees and more. Bee Tour Our favorite part of the museum was the bee hive window, where we were able to watch an active bee hive from behind a glass.

IMG_0050 IMG_0053Something interesting I learned is that the hive never gets hotter than 98 degrees. So raw honey is never heated above 98 degrees.

IMG_0057 They also had a section where you could taste different types of honey – we tasted clove honey, wildflower honey, honey apricot and one other one we can’t remember.

IMG_0059 The kids obviously loved this part – as did Tim and I :)

Though it was a small museum, it was a great experience and helped Treyton to do some real-life bee learning.

4 comments:

Virginia Lee said...

Yum, honey taste testing. So which was the best?

Amber said...

It was a toss up - I liked the Clover, Tim and Treyton liked the wildflowers (which was a little darker of a honey) and Lexa liked them all ;)
I really thought the clover and wildflower were very similar in taste.

Kristina said...

Not sure how I found your blog, but SO glad I did : ) It's been such a blessing! Just curious where the Honeybee Farm/ Museum is... we are in NW burbs of Chicago and I've seen you mention that you are somewhere in Wisconsin!

Amber said...

Kristina,
I'm so glad you are finding things you can use on the blog! The Honey Bee Museum is an hour north of Milwaukee in Ashippun.
Here's a link to their website.
http://beekeepersbestinc.com/HoneyofaMuseum/tabid/69/Default.aspx