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Bee Squad Buzz Pass 2020

Event information


Online course


Jessica Helgen, Bee Squad, Mentoring Apiary coordinator
ma-bees@umn.edu, 612-624-8989

COVID-19 Update 

Due to statewide restrictions on in-person instruction, we have changed the format and schedule for spring and summer classes. Starting on May 21, Buzz Pass classes have resumed as online live webinars until we are allowed to continue in-person instruction in the apiary.

Please email ma-bees@umn.edu for more information on signing up for the online seminars.

When you purchase a Buzz Pass, you can choose classes to take based on issues you are facing in your own hives, questions you may have, or curiosity about specific topics. Follow us on Facebook for updates on class topics. Or visit the Mentoring Apiary web page for more information.

Class requirements:

  • You have taken Beekeeping in Northern Climates Year 1 (or another basic beekeeping class). OR you are currently keeping bees.
  • Wear your own protective equipment (veil or bee jacket).
  • Participants must be 18 years or older to enter the apiary.
  • Willingness to learn gloveless beekeeping.

One-hour drop-in classes at our Mentoring Apiaries on the St. Paul campus and our Noerenberg Mentoring Apiary in Orono are suspended until further notice. 

Hands-on classes allow us to focus on the seasonal needs of hives in Minnesota. We will update this page to let you know when we can resume them.

A printable class schedule (PDF) is available.

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  • Single class pass for $17
  • Buy 5 passes, get 1 free for $85
  • Buy 10 passes, get 2 free for $170 (plus a free Mite Kit or Bee Squad T-Shirt!)

Buzz Passes will not be refunded, but the passes are redeemable during the entire season in which they are purchased, as well as the following season. Classes will be held rain or shine.


Pre-registration required. Register using the link below.

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