Beekeeping, Birding and Bug Classes

Get ready to fly into the world of bees, birds and our insect friends with a variety of classes designed to help you explore the many creatures that live among us. Learn how to start and maintain your own honey bee hive, how to identify birds and bugs and support their conservation efforts, how various living creatures support our ecosystems and so much more.

Classes are offered in-person, as synchronous (live) online programs, or using hybrid methods with both in-person and virtual content. Class delivery methods are denoted next to each listing as VIRTUAL, IN-PERSON, or HYBRID.

Class Schedule January – April 2024

NEW! Beekeeping for Beginners | February 3, 10, 17 IN-PERSON 

Learn everything you need to know to successfully start and maintain your own honey bee hive for the first three years of your beekeeping experience. Jesse “The Beekeeper” Frierson of East Coast Honey will discuss construction of hive boxes, honey bee care, hive maintenance, how to properly inspect a hive, how to harvest honey and more. Experience a live close-up look at honey bees in an Observation Hive and get hands-on with constructing parts of a hive box. 


We believe that all adults in our community should have access to plant-based, nature-focused learning opportunities. The learning opportunities in this series offer several pricing tiers so you can register at the amount you’re able to pay. 

NEW! Birding for Beginners | March 9 IN-PERSON

Join Barb and Buz Sawyer, both birdwatchers since childhood, for a fun-filled and informative morning exploring birding. We’ll talk about where to go, what to take, which birds are likely to be seen at which time, how to identify birds, how to help birds with conservation techniques and more. Class begins inside and continues into the Garden to spot any birds that happen to be visiting. 

For additional learning opportunities in this series, visit our Learning Opportunities for All page. 

NEW! Entomology for Beginners | April 13, 20, 27, May 4, 11 HYBRID

Fly into a world of insects with entomologist Clara Aus. Gain a basic understanding of entomology with topics ranging from insect anatomy to unique mating rituals and mutualistic interspecies relationships. Grow your knowledge of how insects evolved, how their bodies function and how to identify insects. This hybrid course will be offered in-person and virtually.

Spring Migration Tour | April 27 IN-PERSON

Enjoy a pleasant walk in the garden with Garden Guides Buz and Barb Sawyer and learn about how birds use our 80 acres to rest, refuel and continue the journey north to their breeding grounds. Discover what birds will be passing through or arriving in Richmond for the summer. Spring migration can be an exciting opportunity to observe our avian friends in the oasis of the Garden.

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