U of MN Bee Squad’s Mentoring Apiary Program

Welcome to the 2017 Mentoring Apiary season! The best way to learn good beekeeping skills is through hands-on mentoring from an experienced beekeeper. The University of Minnesota Bee Squad’s Mentoring Apiary Program provides this invaluable teaching experience. Each session is tied to key management topics in a typical beekeeping season. Working in small groups, students manage University teaching colonies under the guidance of highly experienced Bee Squad mentors.  The Mentoring Apiary program is great for newer beekeepers.  Students may sign up for as many sessions as they’d like.

Session topics will change throughout the season. Early season topics  include installation of a new package of bees, sting safety, beekeeping tools, colony divides, queen status and food reserves. Mid-season topics include queen and brood status and health, maintaining adequate hive space, mite checks and tips on handling bees gently and smoothly. Honey supering, overall colony health, queen problems, mite and disease checks are covered in later sessions. At the end of the season, we  also cover colony wintering, mite checks and treatments and feeding.

Students must have prior beekeeping experience or have taken a beekeeping class (such as Beekeeping in Northern Climates) before registering for Mentoring Apiary classes.  Students must bring their own protective equipment (veil, beesuit, etc..) and smoker to class.

You can register for classes online at: www.regonline.com/mentoringapiary2017

The class schedule is maintained here. https://sites.google.com/a/umn.edu/umn-bee-squad/home/mentoring-apiary-classes

We are offering single topic classes at three locations this summer:

U of MN St. Paul campus, near the U of MN Golf Course Turf Management Center
2096 Roselawn Ave W, St Paul, MN 55113
$20/one hour class

Noerenberg Memorial County Park
2840 N Shore Dr, Wayzata MN 55391
$20/one hour class

Root River Park
4012 80 St SE, Rochester, MN 55904
$30/one and a half hour class

We are offering our three hour Gentle Beekeeping Basics Workshop ($45/workshop) at two locations this summer:

U of MN St. Paul campus, near the U of MN Golf Course Turf Management Center
2096 Roselawn Ave W, St Paul, MN 5511

Noerenberg Memorial County Park
2840 N Shore Dr, Wayzata MN 55391

https://www.beelab.umn.edu/bee-squad/mentoring-apiary

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