Hear the history of native pollinators before building your own bumblebee nesting box to take home with you

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In a Nutshell

Trace the story of bees and flowers through to modernity, and make your own bumblebee box alongside an accomplished beekeeper

The Fine Print

Expiration varies. Amount paid never expires. Refundable only on day of purchase. Min. of 8 participants or experience subject to cancellation. No value after experience date & time have passed. Price reflects Experience Provider’s current prices. Please provide email address at checkout, which SideTour will provide to facilitate redemption. Gratuity included. Must dress warmly, fit for outdoor temperatures. Suggested to bring a pen, notebook, snack, water, hammer, and/or cordless drill with Phillips head screw-driving bit. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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.

Your Host

Bob Redmond Bob Redmond
Urban Beekeeper

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

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