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Beekeeping Courses

Beekeeping in Northern Climates Part 1 (Getting Started in Beekeeping)

Interested in becoming a beekeeper? Dr. Marla Spivak and Gary Reuter from the University of Minnesota Bee Lab will help you get started in beekeeping. If you have had no prior experience keeping bees in our cold climate, Beekeeping in Northern Climates, Part 1 will teach you everything you need to know for a successful first year.

When: February 22, 2014 FULL
           March 16, 2014  NEW


Where: University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Chaska, MN

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Beekeeping in Northern Climates Part 2 (Keeping Bees Year After Year)

 

Need help keeping your bees alive and healthy year after year? If you have taken Beekeeping Part 1, or have prior beekeeping experience, this engaging course is for you. Taught by Dr. Marla Spivak and Gary Reuter from the University of Minnesota Bee Lab, Beekeeping in Northern Climates, Part 2 will help you maintain healthy bee colonies long term.

When: February 23, 2014 FULL  or  April 12, 2014     

Where: University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Chaska, MN

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Successful Queen Rearing Short Course

Why not rear your own queens? The University of Minnesota Queen Rearing short course teaches one method of rearing queens that works consistently for both hobby and commercial beekeepers. Topics covered include queen and drone biology, timing of queen rearing in northern climates, stock selection and breeding for hygienic behavior, setting up mating yards, and record keeping. Everyone will have a chance to try their hand at grafting larvae and raising their own queens. A unique feature of the course is the section on queen rearing equipment designs that will allow you to build your own!

When: June 27-29, 2014
Where: University of Minnesota

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Honey Bees: A Course for Keeping Bees Healthy (and on their own six feet)

This web-based course is a guide to keeping bees healthy and on their own six feet. It features the Hives Angels (our Super-Heroines, the honey bee colony) and her Villians (the diseases and mite pests that attack the Hives Angels). The user will first become familiar with the strengths and weaknesses of the Hives Angels, and then will follow a 5-step approach to combating the villains.

When: This course is temporarily off line for updates!!  When it comes back it will be free.

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Bee Management: Entomology 4022

This is a 3-week “Intersession” course, taught every other year on even years, Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 4:00pm to 6:30pm. It is entirely hands-on. All students will learn to handle and manage honey bees, and will learn about rearing bumblebees and providing nesting sites for leafcutter bees. The course is open to the public but requires registering and paying tuition for one credit through the University of Minnesota.  See Academic Courses.


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Beekeeping Short Course

 

Beekeeping in Northern Climates

Part 1  February 22, 2014 FULL

Part 2  February 23, 2014 FULL

Part 1 March 16, 2014

Part 2  April 12, 2014

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Queen Rearing

June 27-29, 2014