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CSBA Summer Bee College

June 1, 2024

Rifle, Colorado


  • A stellar lineup of speakers & hands-on sessions!
  • Bonus: Catching up with old friends and making new ones!
  • Registerating online ASAP (below!) will help us plan for enough food for everyone.

Schedule of Events:

Friday, May 31, Pizza at Burning Mountain Pizza:

  • 5:00 p.m. 1817 Medicine Bow Ct, Silt, CO 81652 – RSVP when you register

Saturday, June 1, Garfield County Public Library District, 207 East Avenue, Rifle, CO 81650 from 7:45am – 1pm MT, then to the Limbach/Maness Apiary for Hands-on Sessions!

TENTATIVE Meeting Agenda (Subject to change):

  • 7:15am – 7:45am – Registration – Secretary, Treasurer & Volunteers
  • 7:45am – 8:00am – Welcome/Intro – CSBA President Eric Smith
  • 8:00am – 9:00am – Opening Presentation/Keynote
    Ian Steppler, (find him on YouTube, etc. as A Canadian Beekeeper) – Nucs: Batteries for Sustainable Apiary Management
  • 9:00am – 09:10am – Break
  • 9:10am – 10:00am – CSBA Master Beekeeper Awards & Research Presentations: Kathy Gill & KT Thompson
  • 10:00am – 10:40am – Presentation
    Bryan Zavada – Sustainability, Genetics, and What you can do about it
  • 10:40am – 10:50am – Break
  • 10:50am – 11:20am – CSBA Business Meeting – CSBA President Eric Smith
  • 11:20am – 12:10pm – Lunch
  • 12:10pm – 1:10pm – Closing Presentation
    Tom & Melissa Sostman – Sustainability & YOU
  • 1:10pm – 1:40pm – Networking & Socialization / Meeting Room Clean-up & Breakdown
  • 1:40pm – 2:00pm – Travel time to Hands-on Activities
    If all goes well, we’ll have a beekeeping rodeo, learn queen handling skills through drone marking, learn how to test your bees for hygienic behavior, learn how to grade frames for nuc production, and take the apprentice field exam – if you are so inclined!
  • 2:00pm – 2:25pm – Hands-on Round 1
  • 2:30pm – 2:55pm – Hands-on Round 2
  • 3:00pm – 3:25pm – Hands-on Round 3
  • 3:30pm – 3:55pm – Hands-on Round 4
  • 4:00pm – 4:25pm – Hands-on Round 5
  • 4:30pm – Official Summer Meeting Conclusion/stay for Apprentice Field Exams if yours is not complete

Cost of the Meeting/Presentations and Hands-on in the field instruction will be $35 for CSBA Members with non-Members at $45 (which will include a one-year Independent CSBA Membership).
For those attending in person that register before the deadline, the provided lunch will be sandwiches & chips catered by Capitol Deli.

There will be NO camping at Ed Colby’s this year – please plan accordingly.

For those who prefer little a traditional roof over your head, our Host hotel is the LaQuinta By Wyndam Rifle
600 Wapiti Court
Rifle CO 81650
970-361-3390 When prompted (dial 0 to get the front desk)

The blocked rates will be held until May 17th (Single bed Rate $143.65, Double bed Rate $152.15).
Other hotels in the area that have been recommended are in Rifle at the Comfort Inn (970) 625-9912 and the Hampton Inn (970) 625-1500.

Please pre-register by May 26th, so we can get a head count for catered lunch on Sat and other activities!
There will not be any ability to plan for dietary restrictions for registrations made after May 15th.

Use the drop down box to select the registration you prefer and we’ll handle the rest!

Registration is CLOSED for this event.
Click here to submit your registration form!

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