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 will teach you the foundations of what you need to know for success. 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.

For more information about the online course, see the course page on the U of MN Bee Lab website: beelab.umn.edu/binc-online.

For more information about the in-person courses, see our class website: beelab.umn.edu/binc-classes.

Course content questions

Katie Lee, KatieLee@umn.edu

Registration questions

Extension Registration, ext-reg@umn.edu

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UMN Help Desk, HELP@umn.edu, 612-301-4357; Let them know you are using a guest account for a non-credit course.

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Beekeeping in Northern Climates
Online, instructor led
Jan 14, 2023 to Jun 16, 2025
Course Fee(s)
Section Details

This is an online course is for anyone interested in becoming a beekeeper.

This online course is over 12 hours of recorded instruction divided into modules. You will be able to work through the course material entirely at your own pace and schedule.

Our goal is to provide a solid support system as you learn about beekeeping. You will have access to optional live Q&A sessions via Zoom on the first Tuesday of each month from 6-7 p.m. CST to ask the instructors questions about keeping honey bees. You can pose written questions in online discussion forums that will be answered by an instructor each Monday. Course access will last until June 15, 2025, allowing you to utilize the content over more than one beekeeping season. Registration ends June 15, 2023. 

A Beekeeping in Northern Climates, Second Edition manual will be mailed to the address used to register for this course.

Access to the course begins on January 14, 2023. To welcome students, we will host a live, online event via Zoom on January 14 from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. CST. The live welcome will be recorded and the video added to the course for those that register after that date or are unable to attend.

$175 course fee includes access to the course for 2 years. Credit Card payments only. You will receive an email with information for accessing course after you register. You will be mailed a hard copy of the "Beekeeping in Northern Climates, Second Edition" manual via USPS as a part of your registration.

No cancellation refunds after the student begins the class. For cancellations before the student begins the class but after the manual is mailed, the refund will be less $30. 

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