Adults, learn with us...
Beekeeping is an exciting and fulfilling hobby that can be enjoyed by adults of all ages. Learning the art of beekeeping through apiculture education can provide numerous benefits, including:
- Improved understanding of the complex and fascinating world of honey bees
- Greater appreciation for the importance of bees in pollinating crops and maintaining biodiversity
- Opportunities to contribute to local food systems by producing honey and other bee products
- Connection to nature and the outdoors through caring for bees and maintaining a bee yard
- Opportunities to meet and connect with other beekeepers and bee enthusiasts, building a sense of community and camaraderie
Apiculture education programs can provide a supportive and informative learning environment for adult learners. As they develop their skills and knowledge, they can also share their experiences with others, contributing to the growth of a community of responsible beekeepers. Whether you are just starting out or looking to deepen your understanding of apiculture, there is always more to learn and discover in the world of beekeeping
Beginner Beekeeping Course
Theory (Thursday May 4th & Friday May 5th Evening Online)
Hands on Practical (Saturday May 5th Morning in-person Revelstoke)
Looking to start beekeeping? Our Beginner Beekeeping Course is the perfect way to learn! Our course is designed to provide you with the knowledge and experience necessary to successfully manage your first and second seasons of beekeeping. Our course is perfect for beginners or those who need a refresher.
The theoretical portion of the course will be delivered over two interactive and engaging evening sessions that can be attended from the comfort of your own home. The practical portion of the course will take place in person at our educational bee yard in Revelstoke, BC.
Our course covers everything from beekeeping equipment and tools to beekeeping seasons, integrated pest management, and responsible beekeeping practices. You'll also learn about honey harvesting, winter preparations, bee regulation, and the beekeeping community and resources available to you.
The practical component of the course is an interactive hands-on learning experience where you'll work with and in the beehive. You'll learn about electric fencing and bear awareness, hive set up and timing, managing frames and hive equipment, identifying different types of bees, integrated pest management best practices, record-keeping, pulling honey for harvest, and winterizing. You'll also have the opportunity to work through the season from transferring a nuc into a hive, swarm control, splitting hives, and adding/pulling honey supers to feeding, winter preparation, and winterizing.
Upon completing the course, you'll have developed a theoretical and practical knowledge of beekeeping that will enable you to confidently and responsibly manage your own hives. You'll also receive one-on-one instruction to improve your beginner-level beekeeping practices.
Basic protection is required for the practical component (gloves, veil or bee jacket/bee suit), and a hive tool and smoker are preferred. The Beginner Beekeeping Course is a two-part course that can be taken separately, but is most effective when taken together as a full course. The theory component takes place on May 4th and 5th, 2023 (Thursday/Friday) from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm, while the practical component takes place on May 6th, 2023 (Saturday) from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm.
If you're looking to start beekeeping, our Beginner Beekeeping Course is the perfect way to learn. Enroll today to gain the knowledge and experience needed to successfully manage your own hives.
We prefer that you provide your own beekeeping protective clothing (suit/ jacket and vail, gloves). However if needed we can help out with spare protective clothing.
We offer our beginner course from the last weekend in April until Mid May each year. This allows for a good range of weather, early development of the hives, and enough time for you to still get organized before first season activities begin (receiving your bees) at the end of May.
We appreciate hearing from you after you complete your beginner course. We want to continue supporting your development by answering questions, providing ongoing resources, and connecting you with the beekeeping community. It can be a complex skill to develop over time. We remember well what the beginning years and experience is like and want to make sure you and your bees are successful.