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​FAQs

 

What will I be doing on a hive tour?

You will be suited up in a bee suit with gloves. You will have the opportunity to get up close and personal with bees. A beekeeper will lead you through a bee hive, and you can even hold a frame. You will learn about bees, and honey. Can you find the queen?

What should I wear OR not wear?

DO NOT wear solid BLACK or RED clothing as bees see red as black and black as bears! Please do not wear cologne, perfume or scented oil, as bees communicate via pheromone, and find strong scents disruptive. Please wear CLOSED toe shoes with a back, such as sneakers or boots with a flat solid bottom. Our yard is not paved: plan to walk on pebbles, tall grass and uneven ground. ***NO FLIP FLOPS, SANDALS, HEELS, WEDGE, MESH SHOES.***

 

Will I be able to eat honey on this tour?

We harvest in the middle of summer to allow the bees plenty of time to come out of winter hibernation. This also allows the bees plenty of time to make more honey for their next winter. While we can't guarantee a honey tasting with every tour, we always end the tour with honey when the season allows! You'll also have the opportunity to buy our local honey after the tour's end.

What happens with rainy weather?

If inclement weather happens, we will refund 100% of your money or offer another date for you and your family to come visit us. 100% money back guarantee!

Is this tour wheel chair accessible?

Unfortunately, NO, our apiary is outside in an industrial part of the Navy Yard and the ground is not ideal for wheelchairs. We apologize for this inconvenience!

 

Will there be a bathroom facility? Snacks? Water? Waiting area?

We are a small company working in a vacant lot in the Navy Yard, so we do not have our own bathroom facilities available, however the Marriot Hotel and the restaurant The Gatehouse down the street allow us to use their facilities during tour hours. We'll provide FREE water and snacks before or after your tour, but please plan on using the bathroom before arriving!

 

What happens if I get stung?

A bee sting will hurt for a few minutes and in some cases it can swell for several days. You can take some Benadryl when you return home and apply some pain relief ointment until it goes away. We find that applying alcohol wipes and ice immediately  helps with soreness and swelling.

 

What if I’m allergic to bees?

Although we do provide a full body suit with thick gloves to prevent bee stings, WE CANNOT GUARANTEE YOU WON'T GET STUNG! We encourage those with severe allergies to avoid this activity. 

 

Why am I signing a consent form?

We require all persons entering the apiary to consent to sign a waiver prior to entering. PLEASE BE ADVISED you may not be able to participate in any events without that signed form. Consent forms allow us to safely invite the community into our apiary to learn about bees.

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