What You'll Do
Bees that buzz from flower to flower are actually crucial characters in the environmental chain, keeping the life cycle of plants, animals, and humans running as it should. Dive into the fascinating history of native bees and honeybees—learning everything from how to differentiate varieties to why these populations are in trouble—during a presentation led by an expert beekeeper and the founder of Urban Bee Company, Bob Redmond. After picking up bee basics, get step-by-step guidance for making your own bumblebee nesting box, which you’ll take home along with a starter pack of bee-friendly flower seeds to keep native pollinators thriving
Create a Handmade Bumblebee Box
Beekeeping expert Bob Redmond leads you through the process of building a nesting box, good for novices and skilled handypersons alike
Discover the Story of the Bee
Discover the story of native bees and honeybees, from differentiating varieties to learning about their modern day plight
The experience lasts two hours. Each event is capped at 12 participants; each event requires a minimum of 8 participants in order to take place.
When Bob Redmond learned about the demise of pollinators over six years ago, he delved deep into researching bees and the environment. Since 2009, Bob has run the progressive beekeeping operation Urban Bee Company, in addition to founding the arts and agriculture project, The Common Acre. Bob’s created the Flight Path pollinator project at Sea–Tac Airport, has presented his work on bees at national conferences, and serves as the Board President of Certified Naturally Grown, an organization that promotes sustainable farming.
Where You'll Meet
Classes meet at Bradner Gardens Park, a pesticide-free, 1.6-acre public plot that features walking paths and seven themed gardens with scarecrows, wind vanes, and other scenic accents. The park encourages learning and exploration with its children's alphabet garden and urban food demonstration gardens, and it's even teamed up with local high schools, universities, and artists on arbors, mosaic benches, wind chimes, and more.
When You'll Meet
The event takes place from 10 a.m. to noon on the following dates:
- Thursday, February 20
- Saturday, February 22
- Sunday, February 23