BEES AND BEEKEEPING IN NORTHERN CLIMATES 


 pollinators
photo: USDA/Flikr
 

Landscaping for Pollinators (150-06-03-17)
Saturday, June 3, 9:30 a.m. - noon
Julie Weisenhorn, Horticulture Educator, University of Minnesota Extension

Pollinators are responsible for two thirds of the food we enjoy, and gardeners of all levels can help encourage pollinators to thrive by providing much needed food and shelter in the form of plants. Choosing plants that provide food and shelter, creating transitional landscapes, and considering bee lawns all help lessen "bee sterile" landscapes. Join fellow gardeners as Julie gives you a "pollinator perspective" on landscaping, and shares practical ways you can transform your yard to support these important insects. You will be inspired to help and will leave with the confidence to make simple changes in your own backyard.
Limit 40, Snyder Building

register $41 member/$55 non-member, includes Arboretum admission

Bee Squad Mentoring Apiary Classes
The best way to advance your beekeeping skills is through mentoring from an experienced beekeeper. The University of Minnesota Bee Squad will provide this invaluable teaching experience in the Arboretum Apiary at the new Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center. These clinics are designed for students that already own honey bees or have taken an introductory beekeeping class. Students must bring their own protective gear and wear a veil in the Apiary.

 spring divide
photo: Elaine Evans/University of Minnesota

Spring Divide Clinic (200-05-13-17)
Saturday, May 13, 10 a.m. - noon
University of Minnesota Bee Squad, helping the Twin Cities area foster healthy bee populations

Learning how to properly divide a hive will increase your population and honey production. The Bee Squad will begin with a review of honey bee biology and how it relates to spring management needs. Then you and other beekeepers will visit the Arboretum Apiary to learn how to evaluate and divide a spring colony. You will leave with the confidence to evaluate and, if conditions are right, divide one of your own hives. REQUIRED EQUIPMENT: Students must bring their own protective gear and wear a veil in the Apiary. IMPORTANT NOTE: this class takes place on the same day as the popular annual Arboretum Plant Sale! To avoid lines and hassle, do not enter the Arboretum through the main entrance! Instead, gain direct entry to the Bee Center parking area via the 82nd street entrance. Take advantage of the great plant sale finds after class!
Limit 10, Bee Center

registration button $70 member/$80 non-member, includes Arboretum admission
 
bundle Bundle and save! Bee Squad Apiary 3-class bundle (200-BSA-17): $180 member/$200 non-member
 mite management

Mite Management Clinic (200-06-03-17)
Saturday, June 3, 10 a.m. - noon
University of Minnesota Bee Squad, helping the Twin Cities area foster healthy bee populations

Varroa destructor is one of the biggest problems you will need to manage in your hive. Learn from the experts how to properly deal with these pests. In the first half of the class, you and other beekeepers will learn about this parasitic mite, including its biology, and review your management options. The second half of class will take place in the Arboretum Apiary where you will observe how mites are monitored via the powdered sugar roll test. Management techniques, including drone comb replacement and organic miticide use, will also be demonstrated. You will leave equipped with practical ways to deal with this destructive pest. REQUIRED EQUIPMENT: Students must bring their own protective gear and wear a veil in the Apiary.
Limit 10, Bee Center

registration button $70 member/$80 non-member, includes Arboretum admission
 
bundle  Bundle and save! Bee Squad Apiary 3-class bundle (200-BSA-17): $180 member/$200 non-member
colony winterizing 

Colony Wintering Preparation Clinic (200-08-05-17)
Saturday, August 5, 10 a.m. - noon
University of Minnesota Bee Squad, helping the Twin Cities area foster healthy bee populations

Winter in Minnesota can be bitter, especially if you are a honey bee. Proper preparation for honey bee colony wintering begins in the late summer. The University of Minnesota Bee Squad will review the wintering needs of a colony and the biological basis for them. You and your fellow beekeepers will learn how to evaluate whether your colony has enough winter stores and the importance of winter preparation steps. This class starts in the classroom and transitions to the Arboretum Apiary for a demonstration of wintering a hive. You will leave with the confidence to prepare your own hives for a healthy and well-managed winter. REQUIRED EQUIPMENT: Students must bring their own protective gear and wear a veil in the Apiary.
Limit 10, Bee Center

registration button $70 member/$80 non-member, includes Arboretum admission
 
bundle  Bundle and save! Bee Squad Apiary 3-class bundle (200-BSA-17): $180 member/$200 non-member

 


To Register for Class

To register online, click on the "Register" button listed with the class. Or call 612-301-1210 to register by phone. 

Member Perk!
Arboretum Members may invite non-members to attend a class with them at the discounted member rate! Simply register for all participants at the same time in the same order and select the "member" rate for each person at checkout.

Questions?
612-301-1210
or email: ArbEdu@umn.edu

Cancellation Policy: Registration cancellations must be made two weeks prior to class date in order to receive refund. A $5 processing fee will apply.

 

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