2021 Intermediate Bee School
This course is designed for individuals with some beekeeping experience. Students should have completed a season-long beekeeping course or have kept bees successfully through at least one winter, and have a basic understanding of bee biology and management techniques.
We will address management strategies for beekeepers who want to expand their apiaries and have more overwintering success, or for those who feel like they are stuck as a beginner beekeeper year after year. We'll take a more in-depth look at swarm prevention, splits, overwintering hives, pests & disease treatment and prevention, and tricks of the trade.
The classes are scheduled to be slightly ahead of when you would perform the tasks on your own hive, so that you are prepared to manage your own hive through the season. The goal of this course is for participants to be able to identify their colony’s needs and to have the skills to keep a more sustainable apiary.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, classes will be held in an online format via Zoom until we can meet in-person safely. Classes will take place twice monthly and may also include extra sessions featuring guest speakers (to be determined). Scheduled dates will vary between weekends and weekday evenings. Recordings will be made available when possible.
Further details and class dates will be provided to registered students prior to the first bee school session (Feb. 16, 2021).
Any face-to-face events (e.g., lectures, equipment build day, hands-on bee yard experiences) will be held only if they can adhere to the current CDC guidelines at that time.
If/When it becomes possible to meet in-person in the bee yard, participants are expected to bring their own veils/protective clothing, and dress appropriately for working outdoors with bees. Some sort of veil/face protection is required for working in the apiary. We will use the club's teaching hives at Matthaei Botanical Gardens (1800 N. Dixboro Rd., Ann Arbor MI) for hands-on skill training.
Participants generally choose to keep their own bees during this season, though it is not required. No equipment is required at the beginning of the course, as we will cover where and how to purchase everything. It is recommended that participants attend each class, as each session will cover new information.
NEW: For the 2021 season, bee school instructor Dave Pearce is recommending an optional textbook: The Beekeeper's Handbook, 4th Edition, by Diana Sammataro. The cost is approximately $20 and is the student's responsibility above and beyond the $155 enrollment fee.
IMPORTANT – Complete our online bee school application here (it will open in a new window). You must return to this page to complete your purchase! You are not considered registered until we have received your REGISTRATION and your PAYMENT.