Growing Gardens Beekeeping Course 2015

Hands-On Beekeeping SeriesCome join us for a hands-on series of 8 classes that will support you through the beekeeping season from March to October.

Location: Classes are held at the Growing Gardens Greenhouse 1630 Hawthorn Ave Boulder, CO or at hives around our city
Time: 9am to 12pm/1pm one Saturday per month
Cost: $400 per person, which includes instructional materials

Beekeepers with some experience are welcome to register and drop-in any class for a fee of $60.00

Class I: Introduction to Top Bar Beekeeping

Date: Saturday, March 7th Time: 9:00a-12:00p

This class will cover expectations and an introduction to keeping bees in your back yard.  We will have an opportunity to meet our fellow beekeepers. There will be a demonstration hive available for inspection and plans for building your own top bar hive.

Class II: Understanding the Bees

Date: Saturday, April 11th Time: 9:00a-12:00p

In this class we will focus on basic honeybee biology, the caste and rolls of bees that live in a colony and cover the ecology of honeybees. In the lab we will learn about hive preparation, location, how to install packaged bees or swarms, and what to look for in your new expanding colony.

Class III: Honeybee Colony Care I

Date: Saturday, April 25th Time: 9:00a-12:00p

In this class we will share how our colonies are settling in.  You will learn how to handle combs, trouble-shoot problems, manage build-up, and maintain the overall health. The lab will apply the knowledge gained from the class through hands-on beekeeping.

Class IV: Honeybee Colony Care II

Date: Saturday, June 6th Time: 9:00a-12:00p

We will review how to maintain healthy colonies and what this looks like, and discuss how to recognize pests and diseases, and what you can do to support your bees. In the lab we will review proper handling of combs, assessing queen vitality and brood development and we will learn how to observe honey flow and colony strength through the seasons.  We will spend the last hour doing a hive inspection at a nearby hive, weather permitting.


Class V: Practical Lab I *off-site* 

Date: Saturday, June 27th Time: 9:00a-1:00p

In this lab you will have the opportunity to gain confidence and familiarity with honeybees and learn how to work a top-bar hive successfully. You will gain knowledge in how to manage hives for optimum honey production and colony health. We may begin to harvest honeycomb.

Class VI: Practical Lab II *off-site*

Date: Saturday, July 25th Time: 9:00a-1:00p

This lab will give you a chance to improve your skills and gain more experience handling combs and bees. We may be able to harvest honey. We will discuss and practice sustainable techniques for monitoring and preventing diseases and parasites.


Class VII: Fall and Winter Care

Date: Saturday, August 29th Time: 9:00a-12:00p

In this class we will review methods and preparations for maintaining a healthy hive. We will also learn alternative honey processing techniques. We will also learn the steps needed to prepare the hives for winter and demonstrate a variety of winterization techniques unique to top bar hive management.

Class VIII: Honeybees Give Us More than Honey

Date: Saturday, October 3rd Time: 9:00a-1:00p

Here we will learn how to process wax and how to make mold candles, salves, medicinal honey syrup, honey ointment and lip balms. This practical lab will be devoted to making samples of these various products and enjoying the fruits of your labor.

Advanced Beekeeping Class for Returning Students

Date: Saturday, April 18th Time: 9:00a-12:00p

This class is for beekeepers who have overwintered their hives and are wondering what to do next. You will learn how to help prevent crowding and swarming in a Top Bar or Langstroth, and how to make a split to expand your apiary or just to help propagate a good colony. We will also go over spring management practices and how to monitor for potential problems. Bring all your questions for Tracy Bellehumeur and Kristal Domenico, and we’ll do our best to answer.

2015 NCBA Beginning Beekeeping Class

This is a 3 week class which meets on Saturdays from 8:30am to 1pm, January 10th, 17th and 24th. We will meet at the The Pulliam Building 545 N Cleveland Ave in Loveland. Registration opens in October – when you will be able to click here for a registration form in Microsoft Word format or in Adobe PDF format. Registrants MUST PRE-REGISTER and pre-pay for the class.

2015 fees are $95.00 for individuals, $75 student rate age 18-24 with valid student id, and a family rate $145.00 for up to three members of the same household (living as family at the same address) ages 12 and over. The spaces in the class are limited and will be filled on a first come first serve basis.

For more information email

To register, please click here to display the registration form. Please print and complete the form, and return it with a check for your registration fee.

Please bear with us as we work through implementation of the online registration / Paypal payment facility.


2014 Boulder County Beekeepers Beginning Beekeeping Course

Tuesday: October 7 – December 2, 2014

Time: 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Boulder County Fairgrounds
Natural Resources Building
9595 Nelson Road
Longmont, CO 80501

Registration and Cost:
$100 for 8 sessions
Pre-registration required

Register via the BCBA website:

Mail payment to:
BCBA Bee Class
P.O. Box 383
Niwot, CO 80544

Tom Nangle

Since 1998 the Boulder County Beekeepers Association has provided this multi-session class to beginning and novice beekeepers. Participants come with an interest in bees, their place in our world, and to learn what is involved in managing bee hives. Whether you are brand new to the hobby or have some experience the class provides opportunities to learn from a team of long-time beekeepers.

Topics include:

The Beekeeper’s Year
The History of Beekeeping in Colorado
Honey Bee Biology
Alternative Approaches to Beekeeping
Hardware, Equipment and Tools
Honey Bee Health – Pests & Diseases
How to Install a Package
Bees & Wasps of Colorado

The program’s mission is to develop knowledgeable beekeeping ambassadors to help educate and inform the larger community.

For more information or to register visit the Boulder County Beekeepers Association website



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