We are offering one-hour drop-in classes at our Mentoring Apiaries on the St. Paul campus and our Noerenberg Mentoring Apiary in Orono. These hands-on classes will allow us to focus on the seasonal needs of hives in Minnesota. When you purchase a Buzz Pass, you can choose classes to take based on issues you are facing in your own hives, questions you may have, or curiosity about specific topics. After signing up for a Buzz Pass, you will receive updates about the focus of upcoming classes. You can also follow us on Facebook for updates on class topics (https://www.facebook.com/MentoringApiary/).
For more information about our Mentoring Apiary classes, please visit our website (z.umn.edu/mentoringapiary).
We encourage students to take multiple classes throughout the season! Choose from:
- Single class pass for $17
- Buy 5 passes, get 1 free for $85
- Buy 10 passes, get 2 free for $170 (plus a free Mite Kit or Bee Squad T-Shirt!)
- Have taken Beekeeping in Northern Climates Year 1 (or another basic beekeeping class)
--OR-- are currently keeping bees
- Wear your own protective equipment (veil or bee jacket)
- Participants must be 18 years or older to enter the apiary
- Willingness to learn gloveless beekeeping
One of the core tenets of the Bee Squad’s beekeeping philosophy is to enter colonies without wearing gloves. This allows the beekeeper to have the dexterity and sensory feedback to handle frames and bee boxes in a way that minimizes harm and disruption to the bees. For the safety of all students and instructors, we require that all participants do not wear gloves in our teaching apiaries. We believe that the ability to manage a hive of honey bees calmly and confidently under a wide range of conditions is one of the most important skills gained from our program. Please feel free to contact us with questions prior to registration or attending class!
Classes will be held on University of Minnesota St. Paul campus Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings. Depending on weather and class topic, we will meet at either the Bee Lab (1634 Gortner Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55113) or Mentoring Apiary (2096 Roselawn Avenue W, St. Paul, MN 55113).
- Thursdays from 6:00-7:00pm: January 16, February 13, March 19, April 9, April 23, May 7, May 21, June 11, June 25, July 9, July 23, August 6, August 20, September 10, September 24, October 8, October 22, November 19
- Saturdays from 10:00-11:00am: January 18, February 15, March 21, April 25, May 23, June 27, July 25, August 22, September 26, October 24, November 21
Classes will also be held at the Noerenberg Mentoring Apiary (2840 North Shore Drive, Orono, MN 55356) on Monday afternoons.
- Mondays from 4:30-5:30pm: April 27, May 18, June 29, July 27, August 24, September 28, October 26
Class topics will vary depending on the needs of the bees and the season, but will likely include:
- January- Learning from Sentinel Apiary data
- February- Planning your beekeeping year
- March- Preparing and caring for beekeeping equipment; Colony autopsy: “Why Did My Bees Die?”
- April- Checking overwintered colonies; Preparing for spring divides; Hiving new packages; Dealing with surprising weather events
- May- Dividing overwintered colonies; Introducing new queens; Anticipating supersedures and swarms; Caring for new packages, nucs, and splits; Mite management for overwintered hives
- June- Preventing swarms; Identifying brood diseases; Testing for mites with powdered sugar roll; Planning mite management for the whole apiary; Catching the nectar flow
- July- Managing large hives to prevent swarms; Moving colonies; Assessing colony health
- August- Summer mite management for 1st and 2nd year hives; Identifying and preventing robbing; Pulling honey; Evaluating queens and apiary stocks
- September- Fall mite management for 1st and 2nd year hives; Feeding and combining colonies for winter survival
- October- Late fall mite management; Preparing hives for winter
- November- Assessing your apiary and planning ahead
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