Beekeeping in Northern Climates - Year 2

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 2 (Keeping Bees Year After Year)

Next classes December 13, 2020 and  February 14, 2021 Registration open

 Registration closes 8am Monday before class

8:30 a.m.– 4:30 p.m. on University of Minnesota St. Paul Campus

Fee: $125.00, includes lunch.

Course fee includes morning and afternoon coffee breaks, lunch, and all course materials (except Beekeeping in Northern Climates and Honey Bee Diseases and Pests manuals which you received in year 1 class). If you did not take year 1 you can purchase the manuals at the class at a discount.

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.

Building on first-year knowledge, topics include:

  • Dividing colonies in spring to avoid swarms
  • Introducing new queens to new divide colonies
  • Preparing colonies for the second winter
  • Best management practices for controlling diseases and mites, using medications only as a last resort

Beekeeping workshops regularly sell out – register early!


8:30 am - 4:30 pm Class see topics above


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: $105.00 will be refunded to participants who cancel in writing BEFORE midnight the Sunday before class.

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