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Burien, Washington

Beekeeping 101

Meet a colony of bees with Bob Redmond of Urban Bee Company.

Join Atlas Obscura Society Seattle for a two-hour workshop with beekeeper and conservationist Bob Redmond. You'll be introduced to the basics of holistic beekeeping, for both small or large apiaries. Learn about basic bee biology, seasonal cycles of bees and their colony, and bee-friendly practices, including habitat considerations and cutting-edge mite-control techniques.

Find out the essential equipment you'll need to get started, or—even if you have one or two years under your belt—how to become a better steward of bees. Each participant will get to examine frames of bees and see them at work up close.

Since the site encompasses the Urban Bee Company headquarters, you'll see extracting and bottling operations, get to taste some honey, and take home a jar of your own!

Bob found his way to beekeeping while living in a garden cottage surrounded by skyscrapers, as writer-in-residence for Seattle's Hugo House in 2005 to 2006. With close observation and research on bees and flowers, he eventually founded Urban Bee Company, with the motto "Community through the Hive." Bob is a state-certified Journeyman beekeeper, former Trustee of the Puget Sound Beekeepers Association, and past Board President of Certified Naturally Grown, a national organization for farmers. Founder of the non-profit The Common Acre, Bob was also co-Primary Investigator on a four-year USDA study on wild bees (led by WSU), and instigated the Flight Path and Green Line pollinator conservation projects with Sea-Tac airport and Seattle City Light, respectively.


  • This event will take place in Burien. Exact address will be sent to paid registrants a few days before the event.
  • The event will run rain or shine.
  • Veils and gloves will be provided.
  • Ages 6 and up; anyone under age 18 needs to be accompanied by an adult.
  • What to wear:  long pants, long sleeve shirt, socks with shoes that cover the whole foot. Boots are also good. Avoid dark furry clothes or the bees might think you are a bear. If you have long hair, tie it back.
  • What not to wear: Open-toed shoes; perfume, cologne, other strong scents.
  • What to bring: Water to drink. A camera and/or pen and small notebook for documentation.
  • A liability waiver is required for this event.
  • As part of this event, you'll get to take home a small jar of Urban Bee honey.


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