Beekeeping in the Northern Climates Classes

Due to risks of contracting Covid19, 2021 beekeeping classes will be held online.

With the help of Dr. Katie Lee, our new Extension Educator, we are produced a new and improved set of course materials, updated some management techniques, and created fun online instruction modules. Previous Year 1 and Year 2 classes are combined into one Beekeeping in Northern Climates Online class. 

Beekeeping in Northern Climates- Year 1 (Getting Started in Beekeeping)

Interested in becoming a beekeeper? Dr. Marla Spivak and Gary Reuter from the University of Minnesota Bee Lab will help you get started in beekeeping. If you have had no prior experience keeping bees in our cold climate, Beekeeping in Northern Climates, Year 1 will teach you everything you need to know for a successful first year.

When:& Spring/Summer 2021 in person classes canceled. See above for online option.
Where: University of Minnesota

Beekeeping in Northern Climates- Year 2 (Keeping Bees Year After Year)

Need help keeping your bees alive and healthy year after year? If you have taken Beekeeping Part 1, this engaging course is for you. Taught by Dr. Marla Spivak and Gary Reuter from the University of Minnesota Bee Lab,& Beekeeping in Northern Climates, Year 2 will help you maintain healthy bee colonies long term. This class can be taken the same year as Beekeeping Year 1, although we recommend you take it after your first year of beekeeping.

When: Spring/Summer 2021 in person classes canceled. See above for online option.
Where: University of Minnesota

Beekeeping in Northern Climates- Beyond the Basics

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 Beekeeping in Northern Climates Beyond the Basics 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.

When: tba
Where: University of Minnesota

Successful Queen Rearing Short Course

Why not rear your own queens? The University of Minnesota Queen Rearing short course teaches one method of rearing queens that works consistently for both hobby and commercial beekeepers. Topics covered include queen and drone biology, timing of queen rearing in northern climates, stock selection and breeding for hygienic behavior, setting up mating yards, and record keeping. Everyone will have a chance to try their hand at grafting larvae and raising their own queens. A unique feature of the course is the section on queen rearing equipment designs that will allow you to build your own!

When: This class is cancelled for 2021
Where: University of Minnesota, St. Paul Campus