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Beekeeper Education

Beekeepers, new and experienced alike, sometimes need a little expert help.  These two programs are designed for you!

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About the Programs

Keeping bees healthy today requires more work than ever before and beekeepers, new and experienced alike, sometimes need a little expert help. The Bee Squad offers hands-on, personalized mentoring based on the most up-to-date information available in two formats: Home Apiary Help and the Mentoring Apiary.

Each format consists of 8 hours of mentoring in either 4 or 5 sessions, depending on your level of beekeeping experience. Additionally, participants will receive weekly management updates and an informative self-guided activity book to expand on topics covered in mentoring sessions.

Sessions are scheduled at the beginning of the season with the option to include an additional session.

Program requirements

Programs topics depend on your experience level

New Bees: 0-1 years of beekeeping experience

Month Topic Hrs
April Hiving a Package 1
May Queen check 1
June Colony health 2
July-August Disease monitoring 2
September-October Wintering 2

Returning Foragers: 1+ years of beekeeping experience

Month Topic Hrs
May Splitting a colony 2
June Colony health 2
July-August Disease monitoring 2
September-October Wintering 2

 

Home Apiary Help

We come to you. Receive assistance with your bees at your apiary. We serve all customers within 35 driving miles of the St. Paul campus.

Mentoring Apiary

You come to us. Learn with others in our teaching apiary on the St. Paul campus to improve your skills with your own bees at home. You have the benefit of seeing a variety of colony conditions as well as other situations “you’ve only read about.” The Mentoring Apiary is a great learning opportunity for both New Bees and Returning Foragers.


Current Programs 

Beekeeper Education

Bee Supporters Programs
 

Contact the Bee Squad

Interested in our programs? 

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To reserve a spot complete the Bee Squad Contact Form.

 For questions or more information email BeeSquad@umn.edu

 

Partnering Groups

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