Beekeeping Classes

Register for individual classes or for the essentials with the Queen Bee Package! 

Queen Bee Package

$146/member, $162/non-member

Ready to begin the beekeeping journey? Hudson Gardens offers expert training for new beekeepers through the Queen Bee Package - a comprehensive series of six beekeeping courses designed to prepare you for your first season of beekeeping. The Queen Bee Package is offered annually, beginning in October. 

The Queen Bee Package includes six classes:
  • The Amazing Honeybee: Pollination & Beyond
  • Beekeeping Basics
  • Honeybee Hive Management Systems 
  • Hive Startup: Installing Nucleus Hives and Package Bees 
  • Honeybee Hive Inspections
  • Overwintering Honeybee Hives (note: applies to the September 19, 2018 session

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The Amazing Honeybee: Pollination and Beyond

Wednesday, October 4, 2017, 6 - 8 PM
$27/member, $30/nonmember
Did you know that it takes about 556 honeybees, visiting two million flowers, to make one pound of honey? Learn amazing facts like these in a fascinating introduction to honeybees. You’ll take an in-depth look at the honeybee and explore its staggering impact on our lives. This course will also uncover the basics of pollination and plant biology, including an overview of other common pollinators and their connection to native and non-native Colorado plants. The role of the honeybee as the world’s most important pollinator will be emphasized.  Experience level: Beginner.


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Beekeeping BasicsBeekeepingBasics_200x150

Wednesday, November 15, 2017, 6 - 8 PM
$27/member, $30/nonmember

Are you curious about beekeeping or looking to start your first hive next year? During this class you’ll be introduced to the art of beekeeping and learn the basics needed to start your own colony. Not only will you learn the time and financial commitment to expect, you’ll gain practical advice on how to get your hive off to the best start. The class will then delve into the basics of establishing a hive, including choosing the “right” honeybees, selecting an appropriate hive management system, and securing the essential tools and equipment. And because every good beekeeper needs to know the “rules”, this course will wrap up by reviewing the current local laws and ordinances that surround hobbyist beekeeping. Experience level: Beginner.


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Honeybee Hive Management SystemsHiveManagement_200x150

Wednesday, January 17, 2018, 6-8 PM
$27/member, $30/nonmember

Learn why “bee space” is important and how to choose a management system that will maximize the efficiency of your hive. This session will cover the pros and cons of various hive management systems, including Langstroth, Top-Bar, and Warre hives, to house and maintain colonies in Colorado. You’ll glean insight as to how the different systems impact seasonal management and the importance of selecting compatible equipment. Experience level: Beginner.

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Hive Startup: Installing Nucleus Hives & Package BeesHiveStartup_200x150

Wednesday, March 21, 2018, 6-8 PM
$27/member, $30/nonmember

Your bees will be arriving soon – are you ready? Don’t miss this critical class covering the best techniques for installing package bees and nucleus frames into new and existing hives. You’ll learn how to select your bees’ genetic stock based on your hive environment, how to safely deliver your bees from pick-up to hive, and how to install your bees into their new home. This class will conclude with essential tips on how to ensure your hive gets off to a great start and what to expect from your hive in the first month. Experience level: Beginner.

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Honeybee Hive InspectionsHiveInspections_200x150

Wednesday, April 11, 2018
$27/member, $30/nonmember

Learn a systematic approach to opening and inspecting your hives to gain maximum efficiency with minimal upset to your honeybees. This class will provide essential insights on how to open your hives, make assessments about the conditions inside the hive, troubleshoot problems, and record your observations. Experience level: Beginner.

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Mitekeeping 101

Wednesday, April 25, 2018, 6-8 PM
$27/member, $30/nonmember

The day you become a beekeeper, you also become a mitekeeper and successfully managing your mites will directly affect your hive’s ability to thrive. David Baker, beekeeper and owner of To Bee or Not to Bee Beekeeping Supplies, will cover the various methods used to assess Varroa mite levels in your hive and how to manage your bees for maximum health in the face of the greatest current threat to bee populations. This class will cover topics such as the principles behind IPM, the life cycle of the Varroa mite, how to count Varroa mites, and how to control Varroa mites using both mechanical approaches and soft chemical treatments. Experience level: Beginner. 


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So You Want to Be a Beekeeper?Beekeeper_200x150

Wednesday, June 13, 2018, 6-8 PM
$12/member, $15/nonmember

Are you thinking about taking up beekeeping but don’t know where to start? This informational session will review the time and financial commitments involved in keeping a hive, advice and a timeline for preparing for your first season, and the potential rewards and pitfalls you’ll experience as a first year beekeeper. The session will conclude with a panel discussion where you’ll receive insight and valuable advice from long-time beekeepers and those just finishing their first full year. Experience level: Beginner.

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Honey Harvest & Products of the HiveHoneyHarvest_200x150

Wednesday, August 15, 2018, 6-8 PM
$27/member, $30/nonmember

Learn all of the ins and outs of moving honey from the hive to the honey jar. This class will explore the various honeycomb setups and the common techniques and tools used for extracting, bottling, and storing honey. This how-to session will also include information on extracting and using other products of the hive such as wax, pollen, and propolis. The session will conclude with a refresher on closing out the beekeeping season and preparing hives for winter. Experience level: Beginner.


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Overwintering Honeybee Hives 

Wednesday, September 19, 2018, 6 - 8 PM
$27/member, $30/nonmember
Learn what happens to honeybees during their “dormant” winter months and what you can do to carry your hives successfully into the next season. You’ll learn how to assess and increase the strength of your colony and determine the appropriate amount of honey stores your hive will need to survive through the winter and early spring, including when and how to provide supplemental feeding. This class will include discussion on the steps to take to physically prepare your hive for the winter, including the various methods available for protecting your hives from wind and cold. The course will conclude with a review of winter pest management techniques and an off-season “to-do” list for improving your beekeeping knowledge and skills. Experience level: Beginner.


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Class Registration and Cancellation Policy 

All programs and classes require advanced registration unless otherwise noted. To register for a program online, click the ‘Register Now’ button on the class description page or call the Education Department at (303) 797-8565 ext. 306.


The following cancellation policy applies to all Adult Programs unless otherwise noted. For cancellations received more than two business days prior to the program date, a full refund, minus a 20% cancellation fee, will be issued. Refunds and exchanges will not be issued for missed programs or cancellations made two or fewer business days prior to the program date or for programs with registration fees of $5 or less. No refunds, credits, or exchanges will be offered for unattended classes purchased in a multiple class series package. 


To cancel or modify your registration, please contact the Education Department by calling (303) 797-8565 ext. 306 or email