LIVE Honey Extraction with Bee Downtown

10/01/2020 - 10/05/2020 9:00 am - 8:00 pm

Tune in as Bee Downtown goes LIVE from the Poe Center for a Honey Extraction Demonstration!


Classrooms can join us LIVE on Thursday, October 1, from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Missed out on signing up for a classroom slot? Classrooms can also watch our Facebook Live stream presentation on Friday, October 2, from 11:30 a.m until Noon.

Families can join us anytime on Monday, October 5, from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Bee Downtown is a local operation that installs and maintains beehives at local businesses to help rebuild healthy honeybee populations. They’re sending Beekeeper Ben to the Poe Center to perform a honey extraction, and you’re invited to watch.

What’s a honey extraction, you ask? Extraction is the process of removing honey from the frame. Honey bees cap the honey with wax to protect and store it. Beekeepers remove the frames from the hive and use tools to “uncap” the honey and loosen it. From there, frames are placed into an extracting machine. Using centripetal force, the honey whips out and is filtered into buckets for bottling.

WHO: Teachers and classrooms from all grades on October 1 and Families on October 5, with a live stream presentation on Facebook on October 2.

WHAT: Watch Beekeeper Ben conduct a honey extraction and answer questions about how honey is made, the importance of pollinators, and anything related to bees and beekeeping.

Meets Science Essential Standards K.L.1, 2.L.1, 3.L.2, 4.L.1, 4.L.2, 5.L.2, and Healthful Living Essential Standards 3.NPA.2

WHEN: Thursday, October 1. Sign up for a 30 minute slot for your students from 9 AM until 2 PM.
Friday, October 2: Facebook Live stream presentation from 11:30 AM until Noon.
Monday, October 5. Register for your family to join any time between 6 PM and 8 PM.
For those who cannot make it at these times, a recording of our live stream will be available for a limited time on our Facebook page.

WHERE: Join our Zoom Room Live Stream from the Poe Center’s CookWELL Kitchen. You will receive your session link following registration.

Questions: Email Dr. Thomas Ray, Senior Director of Programming or call 919-231-4006.

Want to learn more? Check out these materials:
Liquid Gold Facts
Buzzworthy Facts Poster
How Bees communicate – using the “Waggle Dance” from Phineas and Ferb