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2014-2015 Beekeeping Classes at Hudson Gardens

The Hudson Gardens offers a comprehensive series of beginning beekeeping classes offered throughout the year. Topics covered include pollination, overwintering, and everything in between! If you are thinking about becoming a beekeeper, or are already keeping bees but want to deepen your knowledge, our classes are for you! Below is a list of the classes we offer:
 

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Queen Bee Package
Includes six beginning beekeeping classes including: The Amazing Honeybee, Beekeeping Basics, Honeybee Hive Management Systems, Hive Startup: Installing Nucleus Hives and Package Bees, Honeybee Hive Inspections, and Overwintering Honeybee Hives.

Registration: $130/member, $146/nonmember. Call the Education Department at (303) 797-8565 ext. 306 or visit shop.hudsongardens.org to register.

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Upcoming Classes


Beekeeping Basics Littleton,

Beyond the Basics: Advanced Topics in Beekeeping
Wednesday August 13, 2014 5:30-8:30 PM

What pests and diseases do beekeepers need to worry about in Colorado? Why, how, and when should I make a split? Is a combine the right solution for my weak hives? Learn the answers to these questions and more, during this course designed for experienced beekeepers. Led by Hudson Gardens’ Lead Beekeeper Bob Shiflet, this course will offer ample opportunities for questions and discussion regarding several not-so-basic beekeeping topics such as pests and diseases, splits and combines, advanced hive inspections, and honey harvesting. Experience level: Intermediate- Advanced. Participants must have at least one year of beekeeping experience.

Class will be held at The Inn at Hudson Gardens.

Registration: $21/member, $24/nonmember. Call the Education Department at (303) 797-8565 ext. 306 or visit shop.hudsongardens.org to register.

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Honeybee Hive Management

Overwintering Honeybee Hives
Wednesday September 10, 2014 6-8 PM

Learn what happens to honeybees during their “dormant” winter months and what you can do to carry your hives successfully into the next season. Hudson Gardens’ Lead Beekeeper Bob Shiflet will help you discover how to assess the strength of your colony and determine the appropriate amount of honey stores your hive will need the upcoming winter months. Supplemental feeding, including when and how to feed, will be explained. You’ll discover the various methods available for protecting your hives from wind and cold temperatures, and how each method impacts honeybees. The course will conclude with a discussion of winter pest management techniques and an off-season “to-do” list for improving your beekeeping knowledge and skills. Experience level: Beginner.

Class will be held at The Inn at Hudson Gardens.

Registration: $21/member, $24/nonmember. Call the Education Department at (303) 797-8565 ext. 306 or visit shop.hudsongardens.org to register.

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Beekeeping Express Denver, CO

The Amazing Honeybee: Pollination & Beyond
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 6-8:30 PM

Did you know that it takes about 556 honeybees, visiting two million flowers, to make one pound of honey? Or that they communicate with a dance, using the angle of the sun as a reference? Learn more amazing facts like these in this fascinating introductory session about honeybees. We’ll take an in-depth look at the honeybee and explore its staggering impact on American and worldwide agriculture. Taught by Hudson Gardens’ Lead Beekeeper Bob Shiflet, this course will also uncover the basics of pollination and plant biology, including an overview of other common pollinators and their connection to native and non-native Colorado plants. The role of the honeybee as the world’s most important pollinator will be emphasized. Experience level: Beginner.

Class will be held at The Inn at Hudson Gardens.

Registration: $24/member, $27/nonmember. Call the Education Department at (303) 797-8565 ext. 306 or visit shop.hudsongardens.org to register.

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Beekeeping Express Denver, CO

Beekeeping Basics
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 6-8:30 PM

Are you curious about beekeeping or looking to start your first hive next year? If so, this course is for you! During this workshop, Hudson Gardens’ Lead Beekeeper Bob Shiflet will introduce you to the art of beekeeping and guide you through the basic steps needed to start your own colony. Not only will you learn how much time you’ll need and what financial commitment to expect, you’ll also gain practical advice on how to get your hive off to the best start. After a brief lesson on honeybee biology, we’ll delve into the basics of establishing a hive, including choosing the “right” honeybees, selecting an appropriate hive management system, and securing the essential tools and equipment. And because every good beekeeper needs to know the “rules”, this course will wrap up by reviewing the current local laws and ordinances that surround hobbyist beekeeping. Experience level: Beginner.

Class will be held at The Inn at Hudson Gardens.

Registration: $24/member, $27/nonmember. Call the Education Department at (303) 797-8565 ext. 306 or visit shop.hudsongardens.org to register.

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Honeybee Pests and Diseases

Beekeeping Express
Wednesdays, January 7, 2015 and February 4, 2015 5:30 – 8:30 PM

Spend time with Hudson Gardens’ Lead Beekeeper Bob Shiflet for this intensive two-part course spanning the basics of starting, inspecting, and maintaining a healthy colony of honeybees. Natural beekeeping management methods will be emphasized. Topics will include The Amazing Honeybee, Beekeeping Basics, Honeybee Hive Management Systems, Honeybee Hive Management Systems, Hive Startup: Installing Package Bees and Nucleus Hives, Honeybee Hive Inspection, and Overwintering Honeybee Hives. Experience level: Beginner- Intermediate.

Class will be held at The Inn at Hudson Gardens.

Registration: $99/member, $109/nonmember. Call the Education Department at (303) 797-8565 ext. 306 or visit shop.hudsongardens.org to register.

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Beekeeping Express

Honeybee Hive Management Systems
Wednesday, January 14, 2015 6-8:30 PM

Learn why “bee space” is important and how to choose a management system that will maximize the efficiency of your hive. Hudson Gardens’ Lead Beekeeper Bob Shiflet leads this session, which will cover the various hive management systems that are available for housing and maintaining your colonies. You’ll glean insight as to how the different systems impact seasonal management (including honey extraction and re- queening), and the importance of selecting compatible equipment. An emphasis is placed on hive management systems that align with natural beekeeping methods, which are minimally invasive, chemical free, and non-toxic. Experience level: Beginner.

Class will be held at The Inn at Hudson Gardens.

Registration: $24/member, $27/nonmember. Call the Education Department at (303) 797-8565 ext. 306 or visit shop.hudsongardens.org to register.

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Hive startup: Installing Nucleus Hives 

and Package Bees Denver, CO

Hive Startup: Installing Nucleus Hives and Package Bees
Wednesday, March 11, 2015 6-8:30 PM

Don’t miss this extensive session covering the best techniques for installing package bees and nucleus frames into new and existing hives. You’ll uncover the ins and outs of nucleus hives versus package bees, and how to select your bees’ genetic stock based on an overview of the various honeybee races. Hudson Gardens’ Lead Beekeeper Bob Shiflet leads this session, which will also include an in-depth discussion of queening a hive, including marking, placing, and encouraging acceptance. Basic beekeeping equipment and hive inspection techniques will also be discussed. Experience level: Beginner.

Class will be held at The Inn at Hudson Gardens.

Registration: $24/member; $27/nonmember. Call the Education Department at (303) 797-8565 ext. 306 or visit shop.hudsongardens.org to register.

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Beekeeping Basics Littleton,

Honeybee Hive Inspections
Wednesday, April 8, 2015 6 -8:30 PM

Learn a systematic approach to opening and inspecting your hives to gain maximum efficiency with minimal upset to your honeybees. Hudson Gardens’ Lead Beekeeper Bob Shiflet will give you key insights on how to open your hives, make assessments about the conditions inside the hive, troubleshoot problems, and record your observations. This discussion will also outline the impact of weather on hive conditions and how it affects inspections. Experience level: Beginner.

Class will be held at The Inn at Hudson Gardens.

Registration: $24/member, $27/nonmember. Call the Education Department at (303) 797-8565 ext. 306 or visit shop.hudsongardens.org to register.

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Honeybee Hive Management

So You Want to Be a Beekeeper?
Wednesday, June 10, 2015 6-8 PM

Are you thinking about taking up beekeeping but don’t know where to start? This informational session will review the time and financial commitments involved in keeping a hive, advice and a timeline for preparing for your first season, and the potential rewards and pitfalls you’ll experience as a first year beekeeper. The session will conclude with a panel discussion where you’ll receive insight and valuable advice from long-time beekeepers and those just finishing their first full year.

Class will be held at The Inn at Hudson Gardens.

Registration: $12/member, $15/nonmember. Call the Education Department at (303) 797-8565 ext. 306 or visit shop.hudsongardens.org to register.

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Honeybee Hive Management

Beyond the Basics: Advanced Topics in Beekeeping
Wednesday, August 12, 2015 5:30-8:30 PM

What pests and diseases do beekeepers need to worry about in Colorado? Why, how, and when should I make a split? Is a combine the right solution for my weak hives? Learn the answers to these questions and more, during this course designed for experienced beekeepers. Led by Hudson Gardens’ Lead Beekeeper Bob Shiflet, this course will offer ample opportunities for questions and discussion regarding several not-so-basic beekeeping topics such as pests and diseases, splits and combines, advanced hive inspections, and honey harvesting. Experience level: Intermediate- Advanced. Participants must have at least one year of beekeeping experience.

Class will be held at The Inn at Hudson Gardens.

Registration: $24/member, $27/nonmember. Call the Education Department at (303) 797-8565 ext. 306 or visit shop.hudsongardens.org to register.

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Beekeeping Express Denver, CO

Overwintering Honeybee Hives
Wednesday, September 9, 2015 6-8:30 PM

Learn what happens to honeybees during their “dormant” winter months and what you can do to carry your hives successfully into the next season. Hudson Gardens’ Lead Beekeeper Bob Shiflet will help you discover how to assess the strength of your colony and determine the appropriate amount of honey stores your hive will need the upcoming winter months. Supplemental feeding, including when and how to feed, will be explained. You’ll discover the various methods available for protecting your hives from wind and cold temperatures, and how each method impacts honeybees. The course will conclude with a discussion of winter pest management techniques and an off-season “to-do” list for improving your beekeeping knowledge and skills. Experience level: Beginner.

Class will be held at The Inn at Hudson Gardens.

Registration: $24/member, $27/nonmember. Call the Education Department at (303) 797-8565 ext. 306 or visit shop.hudsongardens.org to register.

 
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