Bee Keeping Training Sessions Available

  • Jul 23, 2019

The California Master Beekeeper Program is offering two seminars for those interested in beekeeping. The courses are designed for those new to beekeeping, as well as for those with bees who want to learn more about how to keep their hives healthy and productive. Both seminars will take place at the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility located at 1 Bee Biology Road, Davis, CA 95616. The deadline to register for either session is August 1 and participation is limited to 25.

The first seminar entitled, “Planning Ahead for Your First Hives,” will include lectures and hands-on activities. The event will take place on August 3 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. The $105 registration fee includes course materials, a hive tool, lunch and refreshments. Topics include:

  • Bee biology
  • Beekeeping equipment overview
  • How to install honey bee packages
  • How to monitor colonies
  • Challenges to maintaining a healthy colony

The second seminar, “Working Your Colonies” will take place August 4 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. The cost of the seminar is $175 and includes course materials, lunch and refreshments. The seminar will cover:

  • Advanced honey bee biology
  • Honey bee integrated pest management
  • Hive products
  • Queen wrangling
  • Honey extraction
  • Splitting/combining colonies
  • Monitoring for varroa mites

Protective gear will be provided at both sessions for those who do not have a bee suit or veil. Participants should wear closed-toed or closed-heel shoes, long pants and a long-sleeved shirt.

Online registration for session one and session two are now available online.

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