Beekeeping in the Northern Climates- Beyond the Basics

Due to Covid19 precautions, we will not be holding in-person classes until it is safe. Instead, we are designing new, exciting on-line modules that cover the same beekeeping information - and more! - so stay tuned for information on future registration.

8:30 a.m.– 4:30 p.m. on University of Minnesota St. Paul Campus
Fee $135.00, includes lunch.

Course fee includes morning and afternoon coffee breaks, lunch, and all course materials.

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 this class 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.

Beekeeping workshops regularly sell out – register early!


8:30 am - 4:30 pm Class see topics above


  • Marla Spivak, Professor, Department of Entomology, University of Minnesota
  • Gary Reuter, Scientist, Department of Entomology, University of Minnesota