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ann arbor backyard beekeepers 2015 courses

Ann Arbor Backyard Beekeepers (A2B2) is offering two new fee-based courses in 2015 at Matthaei Botanical Gardens for beginning and intermediate beekeepers. The courses are held both indoors and in the apiary (beginner classes in the morning; intermediate same day in the afternoon). 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.

Both classes start on February 15, and end in October

For questions contact Meghan Milbrath at meghanom@gmail.com

Beginning Bee School

This course is designed for the beginner to beekeeping. We will guide you through your first year of beekeeping - covering equipment, bee biology, and basic management. We will discuss the many situations that a beekeeper will face over the year, and will provide hands-on experience in basic hive inspection and skills.

Each class will begin with indoor lecture/discussion time, and will move to the teaching apiary (except February and March, which will be entirely indoors). Participants are expected to bring their own veils/protective clothing. We will use the teaching hives at the botanical gardens for hands on skill training. All classes will be on Sundays from 10am-1pm

Course fee - $150 ($135 for Matthaei-Nichols members)
Includes electronic resources and printed handouts.
There is a 10% discount for members of the botanical gardens Just add your member number when you register. This membership will also waive all parking costs at the gardens for the year. If you would like to become a member, please visit the membership page of Matthaei-Nichols.

Registration for Beginner Beekeeping

Intermediate Bee School

This course is designed for anyone with basic beekeeping experience. Students should have completed a season long beekeeping course or have kept bees successfully through at least one winter. This course 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 diagnosis, treatment and prevention, queen rearing, 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.

Each class will begin with indoor lecture/discussion, and will move 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 the botanical gardens for hands on skills.

All classes held Sundays, 2-5 pm

Course fee - $150 ($135 for Matthaei-Nichols members)
Includes electronic resources and printed handouts.
There is a 10% discount for members of the botanical gardens Just add your member number when you register. This membership will also waive all parking costs at the gardens for the year. If you would like to become a member, please visit the membership page of Matthaei-Nichols.

Registration for Intermediate Beekeeping.


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