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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Nov 2012
    Indianapolis, Indiana, USA

    Question New Beek in Indianapolis

    My brother is giving me a beehive in a few weeks. I'm new to beekeeping myself, but both grandfathers were beekeepers, so I should be able to turn to my brother and aunts and uncles for advise. I've already looked around the neighborhood and noticed quite a few nectar sources for my bees in addition to my own garden and a school garden we are planning. Has anyone out there had any experience introducing grade school kids to beehives? My two young grandsons live with me and I'm quite sure they will want to show off the hive and I need to know whether or not to just make the area off limits, period.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Rader, Greene County, Tennessee, USA

    Default Re: New Beek in Indianapolis

    Welcome to Beesource!

    Kids and bees can mix, but it might be a good idea to insist that visitors only occur with adult supervision. You also might want to investigate pint-sized beesuits. Here's a couple of relevant threads:
    USDA Zone 7A Elevation 1400 ft

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Alachua County, FL, USA

    Default Re: New Beek in Indianapolis

    Welcome Carina! Several schools in Florida have beehives and/or observation hives to teach science. You will need to set some rules, as with everything, like no swatting or visiting without you present. I just came from a bee workshop in Chipley, Washington County, Florida. We brought frames of bees right into the group. You have to really know how to read bee behavior to avoid an incident.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Boone County, IN, USA

    Default Re: New Beek in Indianapolis

    There are several great resources of which to take advantage.

    Indiana State Beekeepers Association

    Indiana Beekeepers Association

    I'm involved with the West Central Beekeepers Club

    There's one in Indy, but I don't have the link for them.

    The ISBA has a beginning beekeepers in February. Highly recommend.

    Hope to see you around one of these events.


  5. #5
    Join Date
    Nov 2004
    Brown County, IN

    Default Re: New Beek in Indianapolis

    Quote Originally Posted by BooneCtyBeek View Post
    I'm involved with the West Central Beekeepers Club...There's one in Indy, but I don't have the link for them.
    That would be the Central Indiana club. I think they've been meeting in the Fisher's area. Contact info here:

    The ISBA has a beginning beekeepers school in February. Highly recommend.
    Agree. This is an all-day class that covers all the basics. I believe it will be Feb 9th in Anderson. The HoosierBuzz website Jeff listed above will have more info once it gets closer.

    Also, Roger Graham usually schedules a couple beginner's classes during the winter months. Even if you don't take his class, you'll want to become familiar with the Graham's - they supply bees and equipment to many Indiana beekeepers.

    As for the grandkids, I've had a number of young 4-H kids out to see my bees. I have a few extra veils and some old white shirts that I have them wear. As the others have said, there just needs to be some rules about only with adult supervision.
    Last edited by indypartridge; 12-03-2012 at 05:50 AM.


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