Beekeeping Classes

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Due to risks of contracting Covid19, 2021 beekeeping classes will be held online.

With the help of Dr. Katie Lee, our new Extension Educator, we are producing a new and improved set of course materials, updating some management techniques, and creating fun online instruction modules. Previous Year 1 and Year 2 classes will be combined into one Beekeeping in Northern Climates Online class.

 

Beekeeping in Northern Climates Online

Interested in becoming a beekeeper? Dr. Marla Spivak, Dr. Katie Lee and Gary Reuter from the University of Minnesota Bee Lab will help you get started in beekeeping. If you have no prior experience keeping bees in our cold climate, Beekeeping in Northern Climates Online will teach you everything you need to know. The course modules cover honey bee biology, management, successful wintering of colonies, managing diseases and pests and so much more. If your goal is to keep your bees alive and healthy year after year, this engaging course is for you.

This on-line course replaces in-person courses (Beekeeping in Northern Climates Year 1 and Year 2).  In-person classes will resume again when safe. Students seeking Year 2 are encouraged to sign up for the on-line course as new and improved content has been added.

When: Registration now open.  For more information about the course and the link to register, click here.
Where: University of Minnesota, on-line work at your own pace.

Bee Squad Mentoring Apiary Classes

Mentoring Apiary Program

The best way to learn successful beekeeping skills is through hands-on mentoring from experienced beekeepers.  Without beekeeping mentorship, new beekeepers often experience avoidable challenges resulting in colony death. The University of Minnesota Bee Squad’s Mentoring Apiary Program provides invaluable learning opportunities for beekeepers of all experience levels.

Check out our Mentoring Apiary page for class descriptions and registration information.

Beekeeping in Northern Climates Year 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, Year 1 will teach you everything you need to know for a successful first year.

When: Spring/Summer 2021 in person classes canceled. See above for online option.
Where: University of Minnesota

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

Need help keeping your bees alive and healthy year after year? If you have taken Beekeeping Part 1, 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, Year 2 will help you maintain healthy bee colonies long term. This class can be taken the same year as Beekeeping Year 1, although we recommend you take it after your first year of beekeeping.

When: Spring/Summer 2021 in person classes canceled. See above for online option.
Where: University of Minnesota

Beekeeping in Northern Climates Beyond the Basics

This class is exclusively for beekeepers that have had the following three experiences: 1) successfully wintered honey bee colonies in a cold climate; 2) introduced a new queen into an existing colony; 3) kept bees continuously for two years.

In Beekeeping in Northern Climates Beyond the Basics we will cover alternative management strategies to successfully winter colonies in northern climates, divide colonies in spring, requeen colonies in spring and/or fall, and maintain colonies on natural comb. We will not cover honey harvesting and extraction, or the basics of wintering colonies as these topics are covered in Beekeeping Part 2. Taught by Dr. Marla Spivak and Gary Reuter from the University of Minnesota Bee Lab.

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Where: University of Minnesota

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:  This class is cancelled for 2021
Where: University of Minnesota, St. Paul Campus