Bee Veterans

Bee VeteransBee Veterans was founded in honor of Veteran and beekeeper Michael Roche. His strong belief in the therapeutic benefits of beekeeping for returning Veterans inspires us to provide the materials and training necessary to make beekeeping an integral part of Veterans’ lives.  The Bee Veterans program is a partnership of the UMN Bee Squad and the Metropolitan Airports Commission.  The Bee Veterans Apiary is located at the Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport.

Bee Veterans functions as free beekeeping workshops for Veterans. Participants will be provided with protective clothing and tools, and will work with UMN Bee Squad beekeepers to learn about bees and to try their hands at working in the hives.

There are two options for Bee Veterans participants: they may attend one Basic Training session to experience beekeeping, or they may attend Advanced Training workshops for a more comprehensive introduction to the skills needed for beekeeping. Upon completing a Basic Training session, Veterans will receive a Bee Veterans coin of recognition.

Program Requirements

  • You are a U.S. Veteran
  • You are curious about bees and beekeeping
  • You preregister for any class you plan to attend
  • You wear light colored pants, socks and shoes to class. You will be provided with protection for your face and arms.

Bee Veterans

Please note that beekeeping involves using smoke, and a risk of getting stung! Our Veterans Apiary is in close proximity to planes taking off and landing. If you are interested in attending a class but are concerned about any of these items, please contact the Bee Squad before signing up: beesquad@umn.edu.

Register for Bee Squad Basic Training

Register for Bee Squad Advanced Training

Support Bee Veterans (please note Bee Veterans in Special Instructions)