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ann arbor backyard beekeepers 2014 courses

Ann Arbor Backyard Beekeepers (A2B2) is offering two new fee-based courses in 2014 at Matthaei Botanical Gardens for beginning and intermediate beekeepers. The courses are held both indoors and in the apiary. Participants will learn about equipment, bee biology, pests, honey extraction, and fall and winter preparation. The free monthly drop-in A2B2 Tuesday evening classes are still being offered. Check our web calendar for drop-in class descriptions.

Beginning Bee School

The beginning course takes the new beekeeper through year one, and covers equipment, bee biology, basic management, and the many situations that beekeepers face throughout the year. This course also provides hands-on experience in basic hive inspection and skills.

Each class begins with an indoor lecture/discussion time and then moves to the teaching apiary (except for the February class, which will be entirely indoors). Participants are expected to bring their own veils/protective clothing. The teaching hives at Matthaei Botanical Gardens will be used for hands-on skill training.
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The $150 course fee includes electronic resources and printed handouts. Matthaei-Nichols members receive a 10% discount. Just add your member number when registering. This membership will also waive all parking costs at the gardens for the year. Registration is through A2B2. After filling out the form participants will receive confirmation and payment information.

If you would like to become a member, visit this page to learn more.

Class Dates - All classes are in room 139, unless specified below.

Instructor: Meghan Milbrath
meghanom@gmail.com
651-428-0543

Course Location
Matthaei Botanical Gardens
1800 N. Dixboro Rd.
Ann Arbor, MI 48105

All classes held Saturdays, 1-4 pm in room 139, unless specified below:

1. Feb 15 – Equipment
2. March 29 – Equipment
3. April 12 – Bee biology / Check over wintered hives –Rm 125
4. May 17 – Splitting hives/ Swarm prevention – RM 131
5. June 7 – Supering / honey production
6. June 21 – Inspections/ pest indentification
7. July 19 – Varroa mite monitoring
8. August 16 – Honey extraction
9. September 27- Fall management
10. October 11 – Preparing for winter

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Intermediate Bee School

This course is designed for those with basic beekeeping experience. The course addresses management strategies for beekeepers who want to expand their apiaries to achieve more overwintering success, or for those who are ready to move beyond basic beekeeping. We'll take a more in-depth look at swarm prevention, splits, overwintering hives, pests and disease diagnosis, treatment and prevention, queen rearing, and tricks of the trade. The classes are scheduled to be slightly ahead of when participants would perform the tasks on their own hives, so that they are better prepared to manage their hives throughout the season.

Each class begins with indoor lecture/discussion time and moves to the teaching apiary (except February, which will be entirely indoors). Participants are expected to bring their own veils/protective clothing. We will use the teaching hives at Matthaei Botanical Garden for hands-on skill training.


Course fee - $120. Includes electronic resources and printed handouts. Matthaei-Nichols members receive a 10% discount. Just add your member number when registering. This membership will also waive all parking costs at the gardens for the year. Registration is through A2B2. After filling out the form participants will receive confirmation and payment information.

If you would like to become a member, visit this page to learn more

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