Honey Harvest | September 21, 2019

A festival celebrating the wonderful honey bee and the vital role it plays in agriculture, pollination and the food chain. Honey Harvest presents fun and learning opportunities for all ages. Kids can dive into the world of bees in our Discovery Zone featuring interactive learning stations. Adults can visit with local beekeepers or sit in on one of several short lectures. Kids and adults alike will delight in the honey extractor demonstrations, learning how to harvest honey from a honeycomb, sampling several types of honey and touring Asbury Woods’ bee hives.

Saturday, September 21
11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. 
Admission is FREE for members and $3 for non-members. Children 3 and under are free.
Tickets are purchased at the door.

Family-Friendly Activities

‣ Bee hive tours every 30 minutes from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m

‣ Interested in starting your own backyard hive? Join Robert Howells from the Northwestern Pennsylvania Beekeepers Association for an informative discussion at 11:30 p.m. Information about the session listed below.

‣ Learn about other pollinators and the solitary bee, how these bees impact our ecosystem, and how to attract solitary bees into your backyard habitat with Ludlow (Bud) Brown at 1:30 p.m. Information about the session is listed below.

‣ Explore the Discovery Zone inside the Nature Center where families can learn about the biology and ecology of the honey bee and harvesting honey.

‣ Beekeepers on hand to answer questions

‣ Honey extractor demonstrations

‣ Honey tasting with local samples

‣ Informative displays and observation bee hive

‣ Honey products for sale

Informative Discussions

Interested in starting your own backyard bee hive or creating a solitary bee habitat? Join us for informative presentations with lively discussion from seasoned experts in the Behrend Room inside the Nature Center.

How To Start Your Own Backyard Bee Hive | 11:30 a.m.

Many people are interested in the art and science of beekeeping but don't know where to start. Join Robert Howells and Lynn Urban from the Northwestern Pennsylvania Beekeepers Association to learn the basics on starting your own hive in this informative session.


Dr. Robert (Bert) Howells is a scientist in the defense industry and often teaches university courses in engineering and the behavioral sciences. Although he has been fascinated with the behavior of bees since childhood, he has just started keeping his own bees last year and now operates three hives. In September 2018 he began the practice of beekeeping by observing and assisting Dr. Ken Andryc, another NWPA beekeeper while he worked with his bees. In March 2018, Bert completed the Beginning Beekeeping class taught by Charles Vorisek in Meadville. In April 2018, he completed the Beginning Beekeeping class taught by Charles Schroeck at the Asbury Woods Nature Center. 

He is a member of the Northwest Pennsylvania Beekeepers Association and the Pennsylvania State Beekeepers Association. Currently, his hives are participating in the “Penn State University Land for Bees Study.”

Cooking with Raw Honey: Beyond Tea and Toast | 12:30 p.m.

Understand different ways to use raw honey in the kitchen. Heather Freeborough from Clay Silo Honey will discuss simple ways to swap in honey as well as more in-depth tricks and recipes.

Solitary Bees: The Super Pollinators | 1:30 p.m.

Understand the importance of other pollinating insects like the solitary bee. Learn how these bees impact our ecosystem and how to attract solitary bees into your backyard habitat.

Ludlow Bud Brown

Dr. Ludlow (Bud) Brown is a professor emeritus of philosophy at Mercyhurst University where he taught for 38 years and studied evolutionary biology and the biology of moral systems.  He is currently a member of an international group creating a standard for the ethical design of autonomous and artificial intelligence systems.  He became enamored of solitary bees while a volunteer craftsman at Asbury Woods.  He built the solitary bee home in the butterfly garden at the Woods and has constructed several of the solitary bee houses that will be available to patrons of Asbury Woods in the gift shop.  He looks forward to promoting these gentle little pollinators to those who attend our informative afternoon presentation.

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