Gretchen Bee Ranch
Gretchen Bee Ranch Classes and Tours
  At Gretchen Bee Ranch we love to help others learn the art and science of keeping bees. This is a never-ending process and even after working with bees for over 30 years, we are amazed at what the bees still teach us. Beekeepers have a responsibility to be good stewards to these amazing creatures, and it all starts with a desire to learn.

Learning can take many forms — befriending veteran beekeepers in your community, joining a local beekeeping club, following an experienced beekeeper on their social media, and reading regularly books such as The Hive and the Honeybee and magazines such as the American Bee Journal.

We would be delighted if you considered our classes as part of your mix of learning opportunities!

Introduction to Beekeeping
This class teaches the fundamentals to the new beekeeper, or to those just wanting to experience the bees first hand. Attendees are required to bring their own personal protective gear to include a veil, jacket or bee suit and gloves. Long sleeve shirt and jeans or cargo pants are strongly recommended as well covered shoes; boots are even better. If you need to purchase protective gear for the class, please plan to arrive about 15 minutes before class starts and we will help you decide the protective gear suitable for your needs.

 - class outline, schedule and cost
Bee Ranch Hive Tours
Our Bee Ranch Hive Tours are perfect for those who love bees and want to see them up close during a guided visit at our apiary. One of our experienced beekeepers will introduce you to basic beekeeping components and bee hive anatomy and then get you geared up with your own veil and gloves (provided as part of the tour). Then, it’s time to open a bee hive and get a first hand look at a bee colony.
A group of student at the Gretchen Bee Ranch.
Tour Limit: 4 people (accommodations for families may be made, please email us)
Cost per person: $50.00. $5 per each additional person
Time: 10:00-11:00 a.m.
Dates: Dates begin in March. Contact us to schedule.
  A Few Details
Pictures are welcomed during class. 
The tour will be conducted outdoors and in the teaching apiary.
Wear long pants such as jeans or cargo pants, preferably not black. Also wear a long-sleeved shirt and boots or other shoes that cover your ankles.
Do not wear excessively fragrant perfume or cologne at the class, so as not to attract the bees to yourself.
If you have a known allergy to bees, please talk to us prior to paying for a tour.
Children are welcome but must be accompanied by an adult.
  Customer Quote: “Had a wonderful experience there at Gretchen Bee Ranch, your beekeeping class was excellent…”   -Dale H.  
Free Beekeeping Workshops at Gretchen Bee Ranch
  Due to the current health situation, we have moved our beekeeping workshops online. We invite you to join on for free, one hour beekeeping workshops available on Facebook Live Saturday mornings at 9:00 a.m. Workshops are posted and available for viewing even after the Live broadcast. It’s not as fun as being together in person, but we are enjoying connecting again with our beekeepers and we hope you’ll join us some time soon!  

  Gretchen Bee Ranch |  2745 W. Kingsbury, Seguin, TX 78155   |  Office: 830.463.9161     
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