Bee-Centered Education


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“Thank you so much for leading us to care for our bees. You are a wonderful teacher, and your love for the bees shines through everything you do.”
— Beekeeping Course Student

2019 Classes & Events 

January 11th: The Kids and Bees Event at the American Beekeeping Federation Conference and Tradeshow, Myrtle Beach, SC.  More information 

January 12: Passing It On: Educating Children about Honey Bees, a workshop at the American Beekeeping Federation Conference and Tradeshow, Myrtle Beach, SC.  More information

February 9: Keynote Talk - 2019 Pacific Northwest Beekeeping Conference, Cheyne, WA. More information

February 10th: Kids and Bees "Train the Trainer" Workshop at the Mobius Science Center, Spokane, WA. More information

May 2nd & 4th: Humbolt County Beekeepers Association Meeting and Bee Fest.  More information on the meeting here and Bee Fest here.

June 15: Flutter and Buzz at Vesper Meadow, Ashland ,OR.  More information and registration.  

July 11th-14th: The Western Apicultural Society Conference, Ashland OR.  Save the date!  Registration opening soon.  More information

Bee Girl Beekeeping Course

An intensive six part course held in Ashland, Oregon.   The Bee Girl Beekeeping Course will meet throughout the "bee season" in both the classroom and in the apiary for a hands on beekeeping workshop.  If you are interested in beekeeping, practice on our bees before you invest in your own.  If you are already a beekeeper, deepen your knowledge and set yourself up for success.  

Each session is tied to key management topics in a typical bee season. Working in small groups, you will be assigned to a hive which you manage under the guidance of Sarah Red-Laird and special guests throughout the season.

Session topics will change throughout the season. Early season topics will include honey bee biology, installation of a nuc of bees, sting safety, beekeeping tools, swarming, and feeding. Mid-season topics include queen and brood status and health, maintaining adequate hive space, honey, mite checks and tips on handling bees gently and smoothly. Honey extraction, overall colony health, queen problems, mite and disease checks are thoroughly covered in later sessions. At the end of the season, we will also cover colony wintering, pest monitoring and treatments and feeding. 

Due to the intensity of planning the 2019 Western Apicultural Society Conference, I will not be holding the Beekeeping Course this year. I can’t wait until 2020 to re-start the course! Dates will be announced in late 2019.

For more photos of the Beekeeping Course click here.