Bee Squad Bee Network

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Bee Squad is no longer taking reservations for the 2018 season. Click here to inquire about signing up for the 2019 season!

When you become part of the UMN Bee Squad Bee Network, you join a constellation of individuals, families, nonprofits and corporations that have chosen to actively support bees with the common goal of bringing back a bee-friendly world. With honey bee colonies in your yard, on your rooftop, or campus, you will find yourself engaged in conversations about pollinators with family members, co-workers, and neighbors. It is these vital exchanges that lead to learning, to minds changing, and to communities rethinking how they care for the environment.

The Bee Squad Bee Network allows the Bee Squad to collect data on honey bee colonies throughout the Twin Cities and metropolitan area, identifying trends in particular geographic areas and gaining insights into honey bee health. Your bees will contribute to the science of good beekeeping; Bee Squad uses the data from your bees to communicate best management practices to beekeepers in the region and to contribute to the national conversation amongst beekeepers and scientists on how to make our bees thrive.

We can help you coordinate when and where to purchase your own bees and equipment and help you apply for a permit if necessary in your city.

UPDATE: The Bee Squad is not currently accepting new Bee Network customers in Minneapolis city limits, because the Bee Squad has observed that colonies in Minneapolis tend to experience more health issues (colonies robbing other colonies, high Varroa pressure, etc.) than colonies in other parts of the metropolitan area. If you live in Minneapolis, you can help all bees by planting flowers and keeping them free from harmful pesticides.

Program Requirements

  • You purchase the bees and equipment
  • A location for the hive approved by a Bee Squad team member
  • A place to store extra equipment accessible to your beekeeper
  • Permit if required by local ordinance

Service Fees and Equipment Costs

The Bee Squad will manage up to four colonies on your property. If you would like more than four colonies or your property isn't an appropriate home for bees, colonies can be placed in our teaching apiary on the Saint Paul campus contributing to bee research and education.

Beekeeping Service Family Corporate
One colony $875 $1,125
Each additional colony $450 $450
Equipment Cost Estimates
Bees and basic equipment $550 per colony
Bottles inquire
Permit (city dependent) $100