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Minnesota beekeeping classes

Whether you are a beginning beekeeper, or just need to update your skills, there are many local classes to choose from.

Beekeeping Basics (3 session series)
Whether you wish to create a sustainable future in bees or prefer being a hobby beekeeper, this three-session workshop will address everything you need to practice the art of beekeeping: getting started, managing honeybees throughout the year, extracting honey and preparing your hives for winter.
Harding High School, Saint Paul (enter on Third St.)
Instructor: JoAnne Sabin
Wednesdays, January 27 – February 10, 2016, 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Fee $49. Course #3197WEA
Call 651-744-3073 to register.

The Art of Beekeeping (How to Keep Bees)
Discover everything you need to know to start your own apiary. Learn honeybee biology and behavior, hive management and swarm prevention, what equipment is needed and where to get it, and how to harvest honey and take care of your bees year-round.
North Branch Senior High School, North Branch
Instructor: JoAnne Sabin
Saturday, January 30th; 8:00am – 6:00pm, bring your lunch
Fee $44
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The Art of Beekeeping (How to Keep Bees)
Discover everything you need to know to start your own apiary. Learn honeybee biology and behavior, hive management and swarm prevention, what equipment is needed and where to get it, and how to harvest honey and take care of your bees year-round.
River Market Co-op, class held at the Loft, 218 North Main Street, second floor
Instructor: JoAnne Sabin
Saturday, February 6th; 8:00am – 6:00pm, bring your lunch
Fee $45 for co-op members, $50 for non-owners
Register at River Market Co-op, by phone (651) 439-0366, or email Ola at [email protected]
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Backyard Beekeeping
Bob Sitko, Certified Master Beekeeper with 37 years of experience, will cover everything you need to know to get started in the spring. Topics include hives and equipment, honeybee society and biology, diseases, parasites, pests, products and marketing, and seasonal management.
Century College, White Bear Lake, East Campus
Instructor: Bob Sitko
Thursdays, February 11 – April 7, 2016, 8 sessions 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Fee $125.
Call Century College, 651-779-3341 or Bob Sitko, 651-436-7915 to register.

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.
University of Minnesota, St. Paul Campus
Instructors: Dr. Marla Spivak and Gary Reuter
Saturday, February 27, 2016, 8:30am – 5:30pm
Fee $135. includes lunch
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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.
University of Minnesota, St. Paul Campus
Instructors: Dr. Marla Spivak and Gary Reuter
Sunday, February 28, 2016, 8:30am – 5:30pm
Fee $110. includes lunch
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Camp Beez Kneez
This is a 14-week, intensive, guided beekeeping course. From April to October, our teaching apiaries provide the unique opportunity for you to manage a hive, guided by professional beekeepers, while comparing your hive to many others in the same apiary. Camp Beez Kneez is a City of Minneapolis honey bee permit-approved training program. We are offering 5 sessions that run on Saturdays, Sundays and Tuesdays. For schedule and locations, visit our website.
Fee $550. for the entire season
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Beekeeping Refresher
Whether you are a 2nd year or more beekeeper or you’re getting back to beekeeping, this class will refresh your memory on the very basics of caring for your honeybees. Topics include: installing a new package (two methods), inspections, swarm prevention, and making splits.
River Market Co-op, class held at the Loft, 218 North Main Street, 2nd floor
Instructor: JoAnne Sabin
Saturday, April 2, 2016, 9:00am – 12:00pm
Fee $45 for co-op members, $50 for non-owners
Register at River Market Co-op, by phone (651) 439-0366, or email Ola at [email protected]
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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.
University of Minnesota, St. Paul Campus
Instructors: Dr. Marla Spivak and Gary Reuter
Saturday, April 16, 2016, 8:30am – 4:30pm
Fee $120. includes lunch
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Hands-on Beekeeping
Practical beginning level beekeeping. An action packed 3 session course that gets you working directly with real bees in real hives. You will have a chance to gain confidence working with bees and learn all you need to begin your own hive. Beyond the hands on piece each session will include class time to learn everything from bee biology to hive management. Come be a part of our hives and learn best practices of how to keep your own!
United Theological Seminary, New Brighton
Instructor: Brandon Krosch
Thursdays, April 28, May 5, 6:00pm – 8:30pm, and Saturday, May 7, 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Fee $80.
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Beekeeping: Beyond the Basics (2 sessions)
If you already keep bees, this class is for you. Learn more about bee behavior, hive management, and equipment—beyond the basic woodenware and hive tool. Get the latest news about bee health, swarms and simple queen rearing, as well as answers to those pesky questions that came up after the basics class. Prerequisite: Beekeeping Basics class and/or kept bees at least since this April.
Harding High School, Saint Paul (enter on Third St.)
Instructor: JoAnne Sabin
Wednesdays, May 25 and June 1, 2016, 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Fee $39.
Call 651-744-3072 to register.

Beekeeping: Beyond the Basics (2 sessions)
If you already keep bees, this class is for you. Learn more about bee behavior, hive management, and equipment—beyond the basic woodenware and hive tool. Get the latest news about bee health, swarms and simple queen rearing, as well as answers to those pesky questions that came up after the basics class. Prerequisite: Beekeeping Basics class and/or kept bees at least since this April.
Lebanon Hills Visitor Center, Eagan
Instructor: JoAnne Sabin
Thursdays, June 9 and June 16, 2016, 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Registration available after March 1, 2016.

Beekeeping: Beyond the Basics (1 session)
If you already keep bees, this class is for you. Learn more about bee behavior, hive management, and equipment—beyond the basic woodenware and hive tool. Get the latest news about bee health, swarms and simple queen rearing, as well as answers to those pesky questions that came up after the basics class. Prerequisite: Beekeeping Basics class and/or kept bees at least since this April.
North Branch Senior High, North Branch
Instructor: JoAnne Sabin
Saturday, June 11, 2016, 9:00am – 3:00pm
Fee $35.
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Beekeeping: Beyond the Basics (1 session)
If you already keep bees, this class is for you. Learn more about bee behavior, hive management, and equipment—beyond the basic woodenware and hive tool. Get the latest news about bee health, swarms and simple queen rearing, as well as answers to those pesky questions that came up after the basics class. Prerequisite: Beekeeping Basics class and/or kept bees at least since this April.
River Market Co-op, class held at the Loft, 218 North Main Street, 2nd floor
Instructor: JoAnne Sabin
Saturday, June 18, 2016, 9:00am – 3:00pm
Register at River Market Co-op, by phone (651) 439-0366, or email Ola at [email protected]
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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!
University of Minnesota, St. Paul Campus
Instructors: Dr. Marla Spivak and Gary Reuter
Friday, Saturday, Sunday, July 8 – 10, 2016, 8:30am – 4:30pm
Fee $110. includes lunch
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