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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.

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Katie Lee, KatieLee@umn.edu

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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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Section Title
Beekeeping in Northern Climates
Type
Online, instructor led
Dates
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.

Section Title
Beekeeping in Northern Climates Year 1, in-person: Getting Started in Beekeeping
Type
Workshop
Days
Sa
Time
8:30AM to 5:30PM
Dates
Feb 04, 2023
Campus
Twin Cities (US Central Time)
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
9.0
Course Fee(s)
Section Details

Interested in becoming a beekeeper? Dr. Marla Spivak, Gary Reuter and Dr. Katie Lee 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 Year 1 will teach you the foundations of what you need to know for a successful first year.

Topics include:
Purchasing equipment and honey 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 as a last resort

This is a one-day in-person course that will be held at the University of Minnesota St. Paul campus. Class will be from 8:30am to 5:30pm on Saturday February 4, 2023. Lunch, snacks, and beverages will be provided. You will have the opportunity to visit with beekeeping vendors and watch demos of making value-added products, like beeswax candles and creamed honey.

Students will receive a hard copy of our manuals Beekeeping in Northern Climates, Second Edition and Honey Bee Diseases and Pests.

Take our additional in-person course titled “Beekeeping in Northern Climates Year 2: Keeping Bees Year After Year” for education on keeping honey bees healthy from year to year.

Registrants who cancel before 11:59 pm on Friday February 3, 2023 will be refunded the registration fee less a $20.00 cancellation fee. No refunds will be issued after then.

Section Title
Beekeeping in Northern Climates Year 2, in-person: Keeping Bees Year After Year
Type
Workshop
Days
Sa
Time
8:30AM to 4:30PM
Dates
Feb 18, 2023
Campus
Twin Cities (US Central Time)
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
8.0
Course Fee(s)
Section Details

Need help keeping your bees alive and healthy year after year? If you have taken Beekeeping in Northern Climates Year 1, this engaging course is for you. Taught by Dr. Marla Spivak, Gary Reuter and Dr. Katie Lee from the University of Minnesota Bee Lab, Beekeeping in Northern Climates Year 2 will help you maintain healthy bee colonies long term. This course can be taken the same year as our Year 1 course, 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 as a last resort

This is a one-day in-person course that will be held at the University of Minnesota St. Paul campus. Class will be from 8:30am to 4:30pm on Saturday February 18, 2023. Lunch, snacks, and beverages will be provided.

Registrants who cancel before 11:59 pm on Friday February 17, 2023 before class will be refunded the registration fee less a $20.00 cancellation fee. No refunds will be issued after then.

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