Beekeeping in Northern Climates - Year 1

Due to Covid19 precautions, we will not be holding in-person classes until it is safe.  Instead, we are designing new, exciting on-line modules that cover the same beekeeping information - and more! -  so stay tuned for information on future registration.  

BEEKEEPING IN NORTHERN CLIMATES, Year 1: Getting Started in Beekeeping

 Next classes December 12, 2020 and  February 13, 2021 Registration open

8:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. on University of Minnesota St. Paul Campus

Fee: $150.00 includes Lunch

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. 

Topics include:

  • Purchasing equipment and bees
  • Hiving packages
  • Best management practices for keeping bees in urban and rural settings
  • Honey production
  • Successful strategies for the first winter
  • Strategies for keeping your bees healthy using medications only as a last resort

Beekeeping workshops regularly sell out – register early!
Registration closes 8am Monday before class.


8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Class, see topics above

12:15 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Honey Tasting and Beekeeping Demonstrations

5:30 p.m.


Fee includes:

Morning and afternoon coffee breaks, Lunch, and all course materials.


  • Marla Spivak, Professor, Department of Entomology, University of Minnesota
  • Gary Reuter, Scientist, Department of Entomology, University of Minnesota

Class Details


University of Minnesota, Continuing Education and Conference Center, St. Paul Campus


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Register on line.

Registration closes 8am Monday before class


Cancellations: Send cancellations to Gary S. Reuter, 1980 Folwell Ave. Room 219, St. Paul, MN 55108-6125, or by emailing

Refund Policy: $130.00 will be refunded to participants who cancel in writing BEFORE midnight the Sunday before class.

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