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Adult Education

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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

Adult Beekeeping Education

Beginner Beekeeping Course

Theory (Friday April 26th and Saturday April 27th 2024 Evening Online)

Hands on Practical- Weather Dependant (Sunday April 28th 2024 or Sunday May 5th) morning in-person Revelstoke.

Welcome to our Beginner Beekeeping Course! Our comprehensive program provides the necessary instruction and practical experience to ensure a successful start to your beekeeping journey.

We understand that everyone has different schedules and preferences, which is why attendees have the option to take the entire course or select specific components that suit their needs. Whether you choose to attend the theory sessions, practical exercises, or both, our goal is to provide you with the knowledge and skills required to confidently and responsibly manage your first season of beekeeping.

The Theory portion of the course will be provided online over two engaging and interactive evening sessions on April 26th & 27th 2024 (Friday/Saturday) from 6pm-8:30pm. You will learn the foundation needed to understand beekeeping equipment and tools, costs, beekeeping season timeline and duties, integrated pest management, colony operations, honey harvest, winter preparations, second season spring management, responsible beekeeping, bee regulation, bee inspectors, hive registrations, and beekeeping community resources.

The Practical portion of the course will take place in person at our educational bee yard in Revelstoke BC on April 28th 2024 (Saturday) from 9am-2pm or the following Sunday May 5th. Weather dependant. This interactive, hands-on learning experience will allow you to work with and in the beehive, including electric fencing/bear awareness, standard hive setup and timing, managing frames and hive equipment, identifying bee types and components, integrated pest management best practices, record-keeping, honey harvest, winter preparations, and winterizing. You will have the opportunity to work through the season, from transferring a nuc into a hive to swarm control, splitting hives, adding/pulling honey supers, feeding, winter preparation, and winterizing.

Please note that basic protection is required for the practical portion of the course, including gloves, veil or bee jacket/bee suit, hive tool, and smoker.

The Beginner Beekeeping Theory Course is a two-part course, and we highly recommend taking both sessions together for maximum effectiveness. However, each component can be taken separately to suit your needs.

Our goal is for you to leave our course with a strong theoretical and practical knowledge of beekeeping, along with the confidence and responsibility to continue or improve your beginner-level beekeeping practices. Join us for a fun and educational experience in beekeeping!

Adult Education Questions

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.