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.

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.

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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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