Workshops

We host both educational classroom sessions and field workshop days at our

EMBA Apiary throughout the year.

For information on our Annual Beginners’ Beekeeping Workshop, click below.

Communications Director Michael Wagner
Many beekeepers checking frames and bees in hive boxes

Spring Management

The EMBA has a teaching bee yard (apiary) at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center (Olive & Lindbergh). This teaching bee yard allows the Club to provide hands-on demonstrations and educational workshops for beekeepers of all skill levels. 

Workshops are held 3-5 times a year according to changes in the beekeeping calendar. The first of these workshops is used to manage the hives at Danforth in early spring for the upcoming population buildup. 

This workshop is usually reserved for beekeepers that have overwintered colonies and is connected to the queen delivery day in early April. Assessing colony strength, dividing colonies, making up nucs, and introducing queens are some of the topics covered. 

Details about this workshop will be communicated at the March meeting and via email. Volunteers to assist are always needed and welcome. Protective clothing required to enter the bee yard. 

Questions about this workshop can be directed to 314-669-1828.

Honey Harvesting

The EMBA Club hives, which are located at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center (Olive & Lindbergh) are managed for honey production. 

The volunteers that manage this group of hives, plan to hold a honey harvesting workshop in late June or early July. This educational opportunity would allow volunteers to learn all aspects of honey removal, extracting and bottling in this day long workshop. 

The workshop is broken into two parts. One crew arrives at the Danforth bee yard to remove the honey supers from the multiple hives there and the honey is then transported to Maritz, for the second stage of extraction. Volunteers are requested and necessary for this event to be a success.

Participants will leave the event with a greater understanding of the process of honey extraction and possibly a jar of very fresh honey. Details about this workshop will be communicated to members at the Members meetings and via email. Protective equipment required to enter the bee yard. 

Please direct any questions about this workshop to 314-669-1828.

On left: Man removing honey frames that have been extracted from a stainless steel extractor and putting them back in the white wooden super hive box that is sitting on the floor. On right: A woman holding a frame of honey on top of a large tub uncapping station. She is working on removing the cappings wax that the bees put over the wax when it is ready to store in the hive.
Honey frames loaded in a stainless steel centrifical force extractor
Honey drained out of the stainless steel extractor in the top of the picture sitting in a plastic 600 micro filters on top of a 3 gallon food grade plastic bucket to strain out wax that was on the honey frames when they were extracted.