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Asbury Woods Presents Honey Harvest

Posted on September 8th, 2018 at 7:47 AM
Asbury Woods Presents Honey Harvest

Erie, PA (September 5, 2018) - Asbury Woods presents the 36th annual Honey Harvest, scheduled for Saturday, September 22 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Nature Center at Asbury Woods.

A festival celebrating the wonderful honey bee and the vital role it plays in agriculture, pollination and the food chain. Honey Harvest presents fun and learning opportunities for all ages. Kids can dive into the world of bees in our Discovery Zone featuring interactive learning stations. Adults can visit with local beekeepers or sit in on one of two short lectures (details below). Kids and adults alike will delight in the honey extractor demonstrations, learning how to harvest honey from a honeycomb, sampling several types of honey and touring Asbury Woods’ bee hives

Event Details:

Honey Harvest
Saturday, September 22, 2018
11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
4105 Asbury Rd.
Erie, PA 16506
Admission is free for members, $3 for nonmembers. Tickets are purchased at the door. 

Asbury Woods Honey Harvest Program Details

  • Bee hive tours every 30 minutes from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m
  • Learn how to start your own pollinator garden with Greg Kedzierski of Ernst Conservation Seeds at 12:00 p.m.
  • Information about session is listed below
  • Interested in starting your own backyard hive? Join Ken Andryc and Robert Howells from the Northwestern Pennsylvania Beekeepers Association for an informative discussion at 1:30 p.m. Information about the session listed below
  • Explore the Discovery Zone inside the Nature Center where families can learn about the biology and ecology of the honey bee and harvesting honey
  • Beekeepers on hand to answer questions
  • Honey extractor demonstrations
  • Honey tasting with local samples
  • Informative displays and observation bee hive
  • Honey products for sale

Informative Discussions

Guests interested in starting their own pollinator garden or backyard bee hive are invited to join us for informative presentations with lively discussion from seasoned experts in the Behrend Room inside the Nature Center.

Starting Your Own Pollinator Garden | 12:00 p.m.

A simple, native flower garden will attract beautiful butterflies to your yard and help pollinators stay healthy. Learn how to start your own during this informative discussion by seasoned expert, Greg Kedzierski of Ernst Conservation Seeds.

Greg Kedzierski has been Ernst Conservation Seeds' plant materials specialist for the past 15 years.

Greg has consulted with restorationists, land managers and landscape architects in selecting the proper native seed mixes and plant materials to ensure that project stakeholders are enhancing and creating a more sustainable, ecologically sound landscape. In addition, Greg has spoken at numerous conferences and symposia on the benefits of using native species in the landscape and environment, as well as the proper techniques to ensure project success.

Greg has been involved with the Crawford County Soil & Water Conservation District as a farmer director, the Crawford County Oil & Gas Environmental Committee, the City of Meadville Shade Tree Commission and the current chapter President of the Northwest Pennsylvania Native Plant Society.

Before moving back to Pennsylvania, Greg was a lab and field specialist in soybean breeding at the M.T. Carter Agricultural Research Station at Virginia State University, as well as a seed analyst and truth to variety test plot manager at the Virginia Department of Agriculture.


How To Start Your Own Backyard Bee Hive | 1:30 p.m.

Many people are interested in the art and science of beekeeping but don't know where to start. Join Dr. Ken Andryc and Robert Howells from the Northwestern Pennsylvania Beekeepers Association to learn the basics on starting your own hive in this informative session.

Dr Ken Andryc, DDS has been beekeeping for six years. Trained by going to Local lectures, Western Pennsylvania Bee Conference and the Annual Pa State Meeting in College Park. . Also having read numerous books starting with Beekeeping for Dummies. Most importantly individually mentored by Al Machinski of the Northwestern Pennsylvania Beekeepers Association.

Now serving as Vice President of the Northwestern Pennsylvania Bee Association for the last two years while being a member of the Local and State Association.

His Apiary of ten hives are registered with the Pennsylvania State Agriculture Department.

Dr. Robert (Bert) Howells is a scientist in the defense industry and often teaches university courses in engineering and the behavioral sciences. Although he has been fascinated with the behavior of bees since childhood, he has just started keeping his own bees this year and now operates three hives. Last September, he began learning to actually practice Beekeeping by observing and assisting Dr. Ken Andryc while he worked with his bees. In March, Bert completed the Beginning Beekeeping class taught by Charles Vorisek in Meadville. In April, he completed the Beginning Beekeeping class taught by Charles Schroeck at the Asbury Woods Nature Center.

Howells is a member of the Northwest Pennsylvania Beekeepers Association and the Pennsylvania State Beekeepers Association. Currently, his hives are participating in the “Penn State University Land for Bees Study.”

Honey Harvest is presented by: Commonwealth Charter Academy, First Energy Foundation and J. Thomas Tree Service.


The mission of Asbury Woods is to provide all members of the community with meaningful environmental, educational and recreational experiences that inspire a greater sense of environmental awareness, sustainability and stewardship.

Asbury Woods achieves this mission through a diverse array of educational, environmental and recreational programming for schools, community groups, families and individuals of all ages.  In addition, they manage and maintain 205 acres of preserved property which includes native species, old-growth forests, landscaped gardens, wetlands, boardwalk trails and dirt trails.

The Nature Center at Asbury Woods is the cornerstone of the educational programming, providing animal exhibits, a touch-and-learn Discovery Classroom and free public access six days per week. 

The Brown’s Farm Barn located on Sterrettania Road provides additional programming space for summer camps, school visits and community programs.  The Greenway Trail at Asbury Woods consists of adjacent tracts of land which provides a network of trails connecting Browns Farm and the

Nature Center.  The Greenway Trail provides ample recreational opportunities for hiking, running, biking, skiing, snowshoeing and wading in Walnut Creek.  Trail users will find peaceful spots to rest and relax to take in the serene vistas.

Asbury Woods is an independent, non-profit organization whose mission is made possible by funding from program and service fees, grants, special events and generous donations from members and patrons. Annually, Asbury Woods positively impacts more than 100,000 people who use the trails, attend festivals or participate education and community outreach programs.