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Honey, We’re Back - Celebrate the Repopulation of the Cora Hartshorn Arboretum’s Honey Bee Hive
On June 16th, the Cora Hartshorn Arboretum will host a ”Honey We’re Back” celebration from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM to commemorate the return of the honeybee hive exhibit to the arboretum. The arboretum's bee keeper, Joe Lelinho of Hilltop Honey, LLC, will be on hand to answer questions about the hive, and also have great bee products available for purchase including honey and beeswax-based items.
The Cora Hartshorn Arboretum’s honeybee hive exhibit was mistakenly sprayed with pesticides in early May, 2012 which killed the Queen and caused the drones to devour their eggs and leave the hive. Subsequent to the spraying, beekeeper Lelinho saved all viable bees and took them back to his hives located in North Caldwell, NJ. Lelinho has rebuilt the hive, introduced a new queen to the colony and will be bring it back to the arboretum for their welcome home party. The Cora Hartshorn Arboretum is confident that this hive will be as vibrant and robust as its previous one.
To help fund the restoration of the bee exhibit, the community can adopt bees -- 100 bees for $25, 250 bees for $50, 600 bees for $100, 1000 bees for $150. All donations are tax deductible.
More About Cora Hartshorn Arboretum
Founded in 1923 by Cora Hartshorn, whose father developed Short Hills, the arboretum includes both a garden and untouched woodlands in its 16-acre tract. When Hartshorn died, she willed the arboretum to the town for all to enjoy. There are trails in the woods behind the stone barn, which anyone can use. The arboretum staff just asks visitors to close the gate behind them when they use the trails.
The stone barn is a historic structure from Hartshorn's days and was renovated in 2007, which included an addition. Programming for children and adults takes place in the barn, which features a kitchen classroom and an area dedicated to animals. The animals include assorted reptiles and a chinchilla, which is popular with children.
Programming takes place during the day for preschoolers and after school for older children. Teenagers also serve as volunteers and mentors to younger children. There is a variety of adult programming as well, including trips and hikes.
In addition to the trails and indoor programming, the arboretum has a bird watching area with assorted bird feeders. The birds are also captured on a Web cam, which people can watch on the organization's Web site.
Other events here
- Outdoor Adventure Classes Starting Weekly on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, 9:00 am–12:00 pm
- Environmental Eagles Weekly on Saturdays, 9:15 am–10:30 pm
- Rain Barrel Workshop Mon, Jun 3, 10:00 am–11:30 am
- Nature Discover Camp at Cora Hartshorn Arboretum Daily, 9:00 pm–3:00 pm
- Everything Old is New Again: Perennial Native Plants for Garden, Field and Forest January 28, 2013 / March 18, 2013 / September 23, 2013, 10:00 am–11:30 am