Introductory Beekeeping Course

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Beekeeping course

Due to the current COVID-19 situation, we will be unable to conduct our in-person Introductory Beekeeping courses in 2021. We are concerned about keeping our participants safe and instead, we will be conducting a live, virtual course in May.

A confirmed course program will be posted on the Eventbrite event page and sent out to registered participants shortly before the course date.

LIVE VIRTUAL COURSE: Registration (and payment) is online, through Eventbrite. Participants will be able to access a recording of the course for one week after the course completion.

DATE: Saturday May 1st and Sunday May 2nd, 2021 (2022 date to be announced)

COST: $100.00 per person, before tax and registration fees

Our (In-Person) Beekeeping Course

We plan to resume our in-person courses in 2022!

Dr. Guzman and Paul Kelly run the very popular Introductory Beekeeping hands-on course for beginner and established beekeepers seeking more in-depth knowledge about bees and the beekeeping industry.

The course is normally held onsite at the Honey Bee Research Centre on the last weekend in April and again on the first weekend of May. The cost is $300 plus HST. Registration and payment will be online through Eventbrite.

Course Overview:

  • Combination of lectures, demonstrations, and hands-on experience with bee hives
  • Small group format
  • Topics include basic bee biology, getting started in beekeeping, equipment, site selection, colony inspections, seasonal hive management, extracting and processing honey, disease and pest control, and beekeeping regulations
  • Instructors: Paul Kelly (Staff Apiarist), Dr. Ernesto Guzman (Apiculture Professor) and other HBRC staff members