Education

Inspire learning by stimulating awe and curiosity

The Backyard Honey beekeepers deliver onsite and virtual incursions tailored with teachers to support specific  Preschool, Primary, Secondary and Tertiary curriculum learning outcomes:
 

  • Discover more about the life of bees and the critical role bees play in a sustainable and productive world 

  • Watch life inside a live healthy honeybee hive

  • Learn more about insects and the biology of little creatures

  • Look for the Queen

  • See bees hatching

  • Hear the buzz

  • Smell the honey

  • Taste raw honey

  • Feel beeswax

  • Learn about pollen, nectar, propolis 

  • Chat with a beekeeper

  • Handle beekeeping tools
     

Beekeepers have Working With Children’s Checks
(WWCC) and Victorian Institute (VIT) Registration.

 

Contact Backyard Honey for further enquiry and booking information.

Raising awareness 

Testimonials

Feedback from the classroom

"As part of a presentation at 2020 GTAV  (Geography Teachers Assoc Vic) Conference, I included the Bee Activity that I did last year with my Yr 9 classes. I mentioned how interested the girls were in seeing the hive and beekeeping resources that Backyard Honey brought to the school.  The participating teachers were really positive about the unit because it is so engaging and includes primary data collection that can inform action. This unit will be an option for Yr 9 Geography again this year."

 

Rowena Day, Year 9 Geography Teacher,
Staff Development Coordinator

 

Our Grade 1 students love learning about bees! They were so excited to be able to see Peter’s bees up close in the fabulous  perspex beehive and learn a bit more about how the honey they eat ends up on the shelves in their supermarket  

 

Caroline Walters, Grade 1 Teacher, Toorak PS

"Backyard Honey is a small community-based company that offers a unique service of installing bee hives in backyards and are strong advocates for the importance of bees in the environment. Jane and Peter Dyer are passionate about what they do and willingly share their time and expertise with the undergraduate students supporting the Community Science project unit at Deakin University and the wider community. Backyard Honey has provided the students with wonderful learning opportunities including the biology of the bees and the hive hierarchy, their importance in the environment, honey production and they provide an opportunity to share this expertise with the community. Thank you Jane and Peter for your ongoing support of the Community Science Project."

Jan West Assoc Prof, Deakin University
 

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5 Tips for a Bee-friendly garden

A well-planned garden can be a healthier habitat for bees and other pollinators than a natural bushland, where the trees and shrubs may all flower at once and little may be available at other times of the year.

1. Select plants that  will provide flowers through the year. Choose plants with a long flowering period, or choose a selection of plants that flower in sequence Spring- Summer- Autumn when the honeybees are working.


2. Select flowers with a variety of colours and shapes. Choose non-sterile flowers suitable to provide easy access to
pollen and nectar like daisies, tea tree (Leptospermum) and Eucalypt blossom, Coastal native rosemary (Westringia),
lavender, salvia, sage and oregano and even weed flowers like Dandelions and grass flowers like white clover.  
Bees have a preference for blue or purple flowers. Mauve, pink, yellow and white flowers are also popular.


3. Plant a group of each flower species. A bed or row of a particular flower attracts pollinators more easily than
scattered plants. A small Bee-Friendly Garden, Porch or Balcony also is great for the bees. Imagine how many extra
flowers there would bee for bees if every porch or balcony added a pot of drought tolerant lavender or rosemary?


4. Provide water too. Bees absolutely need a handy access to water to sustain a healthy colony. Bees beat their wings to
create a natural evaporative air-conditioning to maintain a critical constant internal hive temperature of 32C, especially
critical on a hot summer day to ensure the colony doesn’t drown in melted bees wax.


5. Avoid insecticides in your Bee-Friendly Garden. Insecticides will kill bees as well as garden pests. Try to avoid using any insecticides in your garden. Encourage natural predators like solitary wasp ladybirds, flies, lacewings and preying mantis. Learn more at https://www.backyardhoney.com.au/your-hive

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