Beekeeping Classes

Beekeeping classes are offered year-round. Upcoming classes are listed below.


Please note: The Queen Bee Series, a series of six beekeeping courses designed to prepare beekeepers for their first season of beekeeping, begins annually each October. Learn more

Hive Startup: Installing Nucleus Hives & Package BeesHiveStartup_200x150

Wednesday, March 21, 2018, 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 InspectionsHiveInspections_200x150

Wednesday, April 11, 2018
$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 25, 2018, 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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So You Want to Be a Beekeeper?Beekeeper_200x150

Wednesday, June 13, 2018, 6-8 PM
$12/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 HiveHoneyHarvest_200x150

Wednesday, August 15, 2018, 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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Overwintering Honeybee Hives 

Wednesday, September 19, 2018, 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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Meet the Beekeeper

Stop by the Apiary while Hudson Gardens’ beekeepers are working their hives, and observe live, active beehives and real-life management techniques. These sessions offer the opportunity to simply observe, or, to seek answers to all of the questions you have about beekeeping that you’ve never had the chance to ask! Check out the upcoming Meet the Beekeeper sessions. 


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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