In-Person Mentoring Apiary

Workshop Descriptions

In-Person Apiary workshops will be held on Sunday afternoons from 1:00-2:30pm at a teaching apiary on the University of MN St. Paul campus. Directions to the apiary will be sent after registration. Each workshop is $30.

  • April 10: Hiving Packages or Checking Overwintered Colonies
    • Participants will separate into two groups based on level of experience. Group 1 will learn to set up and hive a new package of bees, then light a smoker and do brief hive inspections. Group 2 will inspect overwintered hives and discuss reversals, spring feeding, and spring mite management.
  • May 1: Checking New Packages or Preparing for Divides
    • Participants will separate into two groups based on level of experience. Group 1 will inspect new packages for signs of a healthy laying queen, comb build-up, and abundant food resources. Group 2 will inspect overwintered hives and prepare them for divides. We will discuss traditional divides and walk-away divides.
  • May 15: Complete Hive Inspection and Strategies for Requeening
    • Learn to inspect hives of all sizes and identify pollen, nectar, all stages of healthy brood, evidence of the queen, and overall colony health.  We will check the packages and divides from the previous workshops and discuss strategies for requeening packages, divides, and overwintered parent hives.
  • June 12: Managing Growing Colonies
    • June in Minnesota is a time of fast growth for many honey bee hives. Prevent swarms, catch the nectar flow, and set your hive up for a great season by doing reversals, adding space, and checking for mites.
  • July 17: Summer Management
    • Hives are getting big! Learn to identify brood diseases, troubleshoot issues with your queen, and get tips for working with heavy boxes full of bees and honey.
  • August 14: Fall Mite Management and Pulling Honey Supers
    • Practice using the powdered sugar shake to monitor for mites and make a treatment plan. Get tips on removing supers with different methods that minimize robbing and defensive behavior.
  • September 18: Feeding, Combining, and Treatment to Ensure Healthy Hives
    • For hives to successfully overwinter, they must have sufficient honey stores, a healthy and sizable population of bees, and be relatively free of mites and disease. We will evaluate hives of different sizes and decide on the appropriate interventions.
  • October 16: Wrapping Hives for Successful Overwintering
    • Give your hives their best chance of winter survival with proper winter wrapping and a final oxalic acid mite treatment.

Bonus Workshop at the Bee Lab Pollinator Garden!

  • July 17 from 11:00am-12:30pm: Planting to Provide Food and Habitat for Native Bees
    • Thea Evans will lead participants through the pollinator demonstration garden outside the Bee Laboratory. She will identify native pollinators and signs of nesting bee habitat, as well as dive into the details of maintaining a pollinator garden. This class will NOT require bee veils, so feel free to invite non-beekeeper friends!

In-Person Workshop Registration