Beginner Beekeeping Course classroom with students and beekeeper teachingBeginner Beekeeping Course classroom with students and beekeeper teaching

Beekeeping Education

Beginner Beekeeping Course student in the bee yard inspecting honey bee hive frames of beesBeginner Beekeeping Course student in the bee yard inspecting honey bee hive frames of bees

Beekeeping Education

Beginner Beekeeping Course students in the bee yard installing a nucleus colony into the a beehiveBeginner Beekeeping Course students in the bee yard installing a nucleus colony into the a beehive

Beekeeping Education

Beginner Beekeeping Course students inspecting a varroa mite test for mitesBeginner Beekeeping Course students inspecting a varroa mite test for mites

Beekeeping Education

Beginner Beekeeping Course (Theory & Practical)
Beginner Beekeeping Course (Theory & Practical)
Beginner Beekeeping Course (Theory & Practical)
Beginner Beekeeping Course (Theory & Practical)
Beginner Beekeeping Course (Theory & Practical)
Beginner Beekeeping Course (Theory & Practical)

Beginner Beekeeping Course (Theory & Practical)

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Summary:

This beginner beekeeping course covers the basic theory and practical experience needed to successfully get started and manage your first season of beekeeping.

The theory will be provided ONLINE over two engaging and interactive evening sessions. May 4th & 5th 2023, (Thursday/ Friday) 6pm-8:30pm

The practical will be provided in person at our educational bee yard in Revelstoke BC. May 6th 2023, (Saturday) 9am-2pm 

Theory:
This multi-day Beginner Beekeeping Theory Course covers the foundation needed to understand the theory of:
  • beekeeping equipment and tools
  • costs (your investments)
  • beekeeping season (timeline and duties)
  • integrated pest management (disease, virus, and mite management)
  • how a colony operates (what to expect and risk management)
  • honey harvest
  • winter preparations (mite checks and treatment, supplemental feeding)
  • wintering (protective wraps)
  • second season spring management (introduction)
  • responsible beekeeping
  • bee regulation (your rights and responsibilities)
  • bee inspectors (how they support beekeepers)
  • hive registrations (your requirements, how they benefit beekeepers)
  • the beekeeping community, and resources, etc.
Practical:

The practical is an interactive hands on learning experience/ field day where participants will be working with and in the beehive:

  • electric fencing/ bear awareness
  • reviewing standard hive set up and timing
  • managing frames and hive equipment
  • identifying (queens, workers, drones/ egg/ larvae/ capped brood/ pollen/ nectar/ honey)
  • learning integrated pest management best practices (mite checks, treatment)
  • record keeping
  • pulling honey for harvest
  • winter preparations
  • second season introduction

Participants will have an opportunity to work through the season from; transferring a nuc into a hive, swarm control, splitting hives and methods, adding/ pulling honey supers, feeding, winter preparation, and winterizing.

Basic protection is required this day (gloves, vail or bee jacket/ bee suit). Hive tool and smoker are preferred.

Outcome: Participants will develop a theoretical and practical knowledge of beekeeping confidently and responsibly and/ or improve their beginner level beekeeping practices  with a strong focus on hands on experience through one on one instruction.

The Beginner Beekeeping Theory Course is a two part course.
1. Theory May 4th & 5th 2023, (Thursday/ Friday) 6pm-8:30pm
2. Practical May 6th 2023, (Saturday) 9am-2pm
Each can be taken separately, however are most effective taken together as a full course.

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