Classes

Upcoming Classes

Fall 2018
Oct 2 - Nov 27
Class is closed
Winter 2019
Jan 8 - Feb 26
$125 per student
$24 book
Class is almost full
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By learning from a variety of teachers, the new beekeeper gains valuable insights into the extraordinary world of the honey bee.  This long-standing course offers indoor classes covering multiple topics, AND onsite hive inspections where new beekeepers can gain confidence and skill.

Classes meet in Longmont for 8 consecutive Tuesday evenings from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.  New beekeepers will have opportunities to participate in hive inspections in order to gain confidence handling equipment and observing live bees.  A review session in April, equipment demonstrations and an apiary visit are scheduled during class based on weather and participants availability.  Full participation adds up to over 20 hours of instruction.  The fee is $125.00.

In addition, hive inspections are scheduled throughout the season. Details on these activities will be explained in class.

This course addresses primarily hobby-level beekeepers interested in using Langstroth style beehives. Top bar style equipment is also discussed. Management issues common to all beekeeping equipment are the focus.

Whether you are just beginning to learn about the marvelous world of honey bees, already have a little experience with hives, or would simply like to be better informed about the issues facing the honey bee, this class will be invaluable.  Multiple instructors give perspective to the fascinating, and challenging world of beekeeping.

The program’s mission is to develop knowledgeable beekeeping ambassadors to help educate and inform the larger community. The welfare of bees and beekeeping is of utmost importance, now more than ever, so the program aims to improve awareness of beekeeping issues in Boulder County, Colorado and beyond.

Optional textbook:   The Beekeepers Handbook by Dianna Sammataro and Alphonse Avitable

Class Topics

  • Principles of beekeeping
  • History of beekeeping in Colorado
  • Honey bee biology and behavior
  • Tools and equipment 
  • Alternative approaches to hive management
  • Pollen and pollination
  • Native bees & wasps of Colorado
  • Honey bee health
  • Identifying and managing pest and disease
  • The beekeeper’s year – season by season
  • Installing packages; nucleus hives and swarms
  • Preparing for winter

Instructors

  • Tom Theobald
  • Suzanne Connolly – Howes
  • Doyen Mitchell
  • Tom Nangle
  • Julie Finley Ridinger
  • Julie Breedlove
  • Cathryn O’Connor
  • Dr. Whitney Cranshaw

Location

Classes are in Longmont at the
Boulder County Fairgrounds
Natural Resources Building
9595 Nelson Rd.
Longmont, CO 80501
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Registration and Payment

After completing your online registration please mail a check or money order to the address below to hold your space in the class. This class often fills; a waiting list will be established. Please register early.

BCBA
P.O. Box 383
Niwot, CO 80544-0383

Information

For more information send an email to classes@bouldercountybeekeepers.org.

This class is operated solely by the non-profit Boulder County Beekeepers Association. Registration fees are applied to class expenses and instructor fees. Membership fees in the BCBA are processed through a separate venue – please see the website. Since 1998 this class has been modified and updated in order to keep up with current trends and issues. Suggestions are always welcome!