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Mentoring Apiary online workshops

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Online course


Jessica Helgen, University of Minnesota education program associate


Whether you are a new or experienced beekeeper, each year of beekeeping holds new challenges. Stay up to date with recommendations on seasonal management with expert beekeepers from the University of Minnesota Bee Squad.

We use videos, photos and data taken from hundreds of Bee Squad hives to provide timely recommendations for beekeeping techniques and management.

Each class is a live Zoom meeting, with time for questions and in-depth discussion. Participants are welcome to share details from their own hives. These classes will NOT be recorded or made available to view later.

For detailed descriptions of each class, please visit the Bee Lab website.


  • Buzz Pass A La Carte: Purchase individual classes for $20 per hour-long class (Mar. 31-Nov. 17, 2022)
  • The "New Beekeeper" Special: A package of classes for the new beekeeper, to get you from new packages in the spring to prepping hives for winter. $120 (8 classes for the price of 6; Apr. 7-Oct. 13, 2022)
  • The "Year Two and Beyond" Special: A package of classes for beekeepers with overwintered colonies, covering spring divides through wintering. $120 (8 classes for the price of 6; Mar. 31-Oct. 13, 2022)
  • The “Beyond the Basics” Special: A package of advanced beekeeping topics and special interest classes with guest speakers. $75 (5 classes; Jun. 2-Nov. 17, 2022)


Select the workshops you want in the Buzz Pass list or you can purchase a package of workshops based on your needs. You can come back to the registration page at any time to add additional workshops.

To see the list of available workshops, begin registration and open each option.

Cancelation policy: Refunds will not be offered for missed classes. If you will miss a class, please contact the instructor to choose a replacement class from the schedule.

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