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The Successful Beekeeper Series 2020

Thursday, April 9, 2020 - Saturday, October 10, 2020

Two beekeepers working with a beehive. Both are wearing protective gear on their heads.
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This series of 7 classes covers the management of hives in their 2nd year and beyond. We will review the fundamentals of hive inspection and delve deeper into topics such as:

  • Assessing the strength of overwintered colonies.
  • Performing spring divides.
  • Evaluating queens and deciding when and how to re-queen.
  • Sustainable apiary growth.
  • Understanding the relationship between apiary location and pest management.
  • Varroa mite population dynamics and management strategies.

Saturday series held from 9:00-11:00am, on the following dates:

  • April 11, May 9, June 13, July 11, August 8, September 12, October 10

Thursday series held from 3:00-5:00pm, on the following dates:

  • April 9, May 7, June 11, July 9, August 6, September 10, October 8

Class requirements:   

  • Have taken Beekeeping in Northern Climates (preferably Year 1 and Year 2).
  • Have kept bees for at least one full season.
  • 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.

Event information

Thursday, April 9, 2020 - Saturday, October 10, 2020
3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Mentoring Apiary
2096 Roselawn Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55113
United States

Jessica Helgen

ma-bees@umn.edu, 612-624-8989



Cancellations will be fully refunded when notified 2 weeks before the first day of class. Class will be held rain or shine.


Pre-registration required. Register using the link below.

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