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Rochester Mentoring Apiary 2020

Saturday, May 16, 2020 - Saturday, October 17, 2020

Two beekeepers working with a beehive. Both are wearing protective gear on their heads.

Please join us for a series of 6 classes covering everything from fundamental beekeeping techniques to disease detection and in-depth management strategies. Each class will begin with a discussion about seasonal management topics, followed by hands-on training in the apiary.

By the end of the season you will have learned how to:

  • Enter a colony safely, minimizing disruption to the bees and stings to the beekeepers.
  • Check for the queen and evaluate her health and quality.
  • Check for food resources and space requirements in the hive.
  • Anticipate and prevent supersedures and swarms.
  • Check for bacterial, viral and fungal diseases.
  • Measure Varroa mite levels and make a mite management plan.
  • Prepare your colonies to successfully survive the winter.

Classes will be held Saturdays from 9:30-11:00am: May 16, June 13, July 11, August 22, September 19, October 17

Class requirements:

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

Event information

Saturday, May 16, 2020 - Saturday, October 17, 2020
9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Quarry Hill Nature Center
701 Silver Creek Road NE
Rochester, MN 55906
United States

Chris Schad

cschad@umn.edu, 507-269-4954



Class will be held rain or shine. Cancellations prior to two weeks before the first day of class will be fully refunded.


Pre-registration required. Register using the link below.

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