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/ Refresher Beekeeping Course (Part 1 Theory & Part 2 Practical)
Beginner/ Refresher Beekeeping Course (Part 1 Theory & Part 2 Practical)
Beginner/ Refresher Beekeeping Course (Part 1 Theory & Part 2 Practical)
Beginner/ Refresher Beekeeping Course (Part 1 Theory & Part 2 Practical)
Beginner/ Refresher Beekeeping Course (Part 1 Theory & Part 2 Practical)
Beginner/ Refresher Beekeeping Course (Part 1 Theory & Part 2 Practical)

Beginner/ Refresher Beekeeping Course (Part 1 Theory & Part 2 Practical)

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Summary:

This beginner/ refresher beekeeping course covers the basic to intermediate theory and practical experience needed to successfully get started and manage your first and second seasons of beekeeping.

The theory will be provided ONLINE over two engaging and interactive evening sessions. 

July 14/15  2022, (Thursday/ Friday) 6pm-8:30pm

The practical will be provided in person at our educational bee yard in Revelstoke BC. 

July 17 2022, (Saturday) 9am-2pm 

Theory:

This multi-day Beginner/ Refresher 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 to intermediate 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 July 14/15 2022, (Thursday/ Friday) 6pm-8:30pm
    2. Practical July 17 2022, (Sunday) 9am-2pm
    Each can be taken separately, however are most effective taken together as a full course.

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