Beekeeping Classes

Queen Bee Series

Ready to begin the beekeeping journey? Hudson Gardens' beginning beekeeping class series is offered annually beginning in October. The series of six classes will help you prepare for your first season of beekeeping. Learn more about the Queen Bee Series here.   

 


Beekeeping Express

Wednesdays, February 1 & February 8, 2017, 6 - 9 PM
$110/member, $120/nonmember
Don’t worry… it’s not too late to learn how to get a hive started in 2017! Spend time with Hudson Gardens’ Lead Beekeeper for this intensive two-part course spanning the basics of starting, inspecting, and maintaining a healthy colony of honeybees. All topics covered in the Beginner Beekeeping Series will be covered and natural beekeeping management methods will be emphasized. Experience level: Beginner

 

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Swarm Prevention & Spring Management 

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 6 - 8 PM
$27/member, $30/nonmember
Your hive has survived the winter – now what? Start your second year strong by learning how to manage an overwintered hive to prevent swarms while boosting your hive population in a sustainable way. This class will begin with a lesson on swarm ecology by providing context for why and how the hive makes the sophisticated decision to swarm. You will then learn how to assess your hive population and swarm potential in the spring and the various techniques available for splitting your hive. This class will conclude with additional tips on how to manage your spring hive to prevent a honey-bound situation and to maximize space within your hive. Experience level: Intermediate

 

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Hive Startup: Installing Package Bees & Nucleus Hives

Wednesday, March 15, 2017, 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 Inspections 

Wednesday, April 12, 2017, 6 - 8 PM
$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 26, 2017, 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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From Hive to Market: Food Safety for the Beekeeper & BeyondCottageFoodTraining_200x150

Saturday, May 20, 2017, 8:30 AM - 1 PM
$47/member, $50/nonmember
Are you a beekeeper interested in selling your honey to friends and neighbors or at farmer’s markets in the future? This training and certificate program will introduce you to the Colorado Cottage Food Act and how it applies to honey, comb, and other edible products from the hive. This training will cover basic food safety and best practices for your home kitchen, foods permissible under Colorado’s Cottage Food Act, and packaging and labeling requirements for honey and other cottage foods. Upon successful completion of the training and food safety test, you will receive your Food Safety Certificate from Colorado State University Extension, good for three years, allowing you to begin selling your honey and cottage food products. Experience level: Intermediate

 

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So You Want to Be a Beekeeper? Beekeeper_200x150

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 6 - 8 PM
$13.50/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 Hive 

Wednesday, August 9, 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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Mitekeeping 101

Wednesday, August 23, 2017, 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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Overwintering Honeybee Hives 

Wednesday, September 13, 2017, 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 education@hudsongardens.org.