Beekeeping Classes

Hudson Gardens' beekeeping classes will help prepare you for your first year of beekeeping and beyond. Learn how honeybees make honey, how to set up your first hive, how to keep your bees through a tough Colorado winter and everything in between! There will be plenty of opportunities for questions and discussion at each session. 


Beekeeping classes are offered year-round. Upcoming classes are listed below.

 

Please note: Core beekeeping classes, a series of six beekeeping courses designed to prepare beekeepers for their first season of beekeeping, begin annually each October. Learn more


Overwintering Honeybee Hives 

Wednesday, September 19, 2018, 6 - 8 PM
$27/member, $30/nonmember
Learn what happens to honeybees during their “dormant” winter months and what you can do to carry your hives successfully into the next season. You’ll learn how to assess and increase the strength of your colony and determine the appropriate amount of honey stores your hive will need to survive through the winter and early spring, including when and how to provide supplemental feeding. This class will include discussion on the steps to take to physically prepare your hive for the winter, including the various methods available for protecting your hives from wind and cold. The course will conclude with a review of winter pest management techniques and an off-season “to-do” list for improving your beekeeping knowledge and skills. 

 

Class will be held at The Inn at Hudson Gardens.

 

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Queen Bee Package qbpack

$162/member, $180/non-member

Hudson Gardens offers expert training for new beekeepers through our core beekeeping classes - a comprehensive series of six beekeeping courses designed to prepare you for your first season of beekeeping.

 

Classes include:

  • The Amazing Honeybee: Pollination & Beyond
  • Beekeeping Basics
  • Honeybee Hive Management Systems
  • Hive Startup: Installing Nucleus Hives and Package Bees
  • Honeybee Hive Inspections
  • Overwintering Honeybee Hives

You may choose to register for individual classes or register for the entire series with the Queen Bee Package. 

 

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The Amazing Honeybee: Pollination and Beyondamazinghb

Wednesday, October 10, 2018, 6-8 PM
$30/member, $33/nonmember

Did you know that it takes about 556 honeybees, visiting two million flowers, to make one pound of honey? Learn amazing facts like these in a fascinating introduction to honeybees. You’ll take an in-depth look at the honeybee and explore its staggering impact on our lives. 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.

 

Class will be held at The Inn at Hudson Gardens.

 

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Beekeeping Basics beekeeper19

Wednesday, November 14, 2018, 6-8 PM
$30/member, $33/nonmember
Are you curious about beekeeping or looking to start your first hive next year? During this class you’ll be introduced to the art of beekeeping and learn the basics needed to start your own colony. Not only will you learn the time and financial commitment to expect, you’ll gain practical advice on how to get your hive off to the best start. The class will then 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.

 

Class will be held at The Inn at Hudson Gardens.

 

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Beekeeping ExpressHiveInspections_200x150 

Wednesdays, January 9 & February 13, 2019, 5:30 – 8:30 PM
$115/member, $125/nonmember

Don’t worry… it’s not too late to learn how to get a hive started in 2019! 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. All six core classes will be covered in this express course and natural beekeeping management methods will be emphasized. 

 

Class will be held at The Inn at Hudson Gardens.

 

 

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Honeybee Hive Management SystemsBeekeeper2

Wednesday, January 16, 2019, 6-8 PM
$30/member, $33/nonmember

Learn why “bee space” is important and how to choose a management system that will maximize the efficiency of your hive. This session will cover the pros and cons of the various hive management systems available for housing and maintaining your colonies, with a focus on Langstroth hives. You’ll glean insight as to how the different systems impact seasonal management and the importance of selecting compatible equipment.

 

Class will be held at The Inn at Hudson Gardens.

 

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Swarm Prevention and Spring Management swarm_200x150

Wednesday, March 6, 2019, 6-8 PM
$30/member, $33/nonmember
Your hive has survived the winter – now what? Start your second year strong by learning how to manage an overwintered hive to prevent swarms while boosting your hive population in a sustainable way. This class will begin with a lesson on swarm ecology by providing context for why and how the hive makes the sophisticated decision to swarm. You will then learn how to assess your hive population and swarm potential in the spring and the various techniques available for splitting your hive. This class will conclude with additional tips on how to manage your spring hive to prevent a honey-bound situation and to maximize space within your hive. Experience level: Intermediate

 

Class will be held at The Inn at Hudson Gardens.

 

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Hive Startup: Installing Nucleus Hives & Package Bees BKInstall

Wednesday, March 13, 2019, 6-8 PM
$30/member, $33/nonmember

Your bees will be arriving soon – are you ready? Don’t miss this critical class covering the best techniques for installing package bees and nucleus frames into new and existing hives. You’ll learn how to select your bees’ genetic stock based on your hive environment, how to safely deliver your bees from pick-up to hive, and how to install your bees into their new home. This class will conclude with essential tips on how to ensure your hive gets off to a great start and what to expect from your hive in the first month. 

 

Class will be held at The Inn at Hudson Gardens. 

 

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Honeybee Hive Inspections Beekeepers Inspection

Wednesday, April 10, 2019
$30/member, $33/nonmember

Learn a systematic approach to opening and inspecting your hives to gain maximum efficiency with minimal upset to your honeybees. This class will provide essential insights on how to open your hives, make assessments about the conditions inside the hive, troubleshoot problems, and record your observations. 

 

Class will be held at The Inn at Hudson Gardens. 

 

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Mitekeeping 101BeeMite_200x150

Wednesday, April 17, 2019, 6-8:30 PM
$30/member, $33/nonmember

The day you become a beekeeper, you also become a mitekeeper and successfully managing your mites will directly affect your hive’s ability to thrive. David Baker, beekeeper and owner of To Bee or Not to Bee Beekeeping Supplies, will cover the various methods used to assess Varroa mite levels in your hive and how to manage your bees for maximum health in the face of the greatest current threat to bee populations. This class will cover topics such as the principles behind integrated pest management (IPM), the life cycle of the Varroa mite, how to count Varroa mites, and how to control Varroa mites using both mechanical approaches and soft chemical treatments.

 

Class will be held at The Inn at Hudson Gardens.

 

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So You Want to Be a Beekeeper?Beekeeper

Wednesday, June 12, 2019, 6-8 PM
$15/member, $18/nonmember

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.

 

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Honey Harvest & Products of the HiveCottageFoodTraining_200x150

Wednesday, August 14, 2019, 6-8 PM
$30/member, $33/nonmember

Learn all of the ins and outs of moving honey from the hive to the honey jar. This class will explore the various honeycomb setups and the common techniques and tools used for extracting, bottling, and storing honey. This how-to session will also include information on extracting and using other products of the hive such as wax, pollen, and propolis. The session will conclude with a refresher on closing out the beekeeping season and preparing hives for winter.

 

Class will be held at The Inn at Hudson Gardens. 

 

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Overwintering Honeybee Hivesapiarywinter

Wednesday, September 11, 2019, 6-8 PM
$30/member, $33/nonmember

Learn what happens to honeybees during their “dormant” winter months and what you can do to carry your hives successfully into the next season. You’ll learn how to assess and increase the strength of your colony and determine the appropriate amount of honey stores your hive will need to survive through the winter and early spring, including when and how to provide supplemental feeding. This class will include discussion on the steps to take to physically prepare your hive for the winter, including the various methods available for protecting your hives from wind and cold. The course will conclude with a review of winter pest management techniques and an off-season “to-do” list for improving your beekeeping knowledge and skills.

 

Class will be held at The Inn at Hudson Gardens.

 

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Meet the Beekeeper

Stop by the Apiary while Hudson Gardens’ beekeepers are working their hives, and observe live, active beehives and real-life management techniques. These sessions offer the opportunity to simply observe, or, to seek answers to all of the questions you have about beekeeping that you’ve never had the chance to ask! Check out the upcoming Meet the Beekeeper sessions. 

 


 

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Class Registration and Cancellation Policy 

All programs and classes require advanced registration unless otherwise noted. To register for a program online, click the ‘Register Now’ button on the class description page or call the Community Programs and Outreach Department at (303) 797-8565 ext. 306.

 

The following cancellation policy applies to all Adult Programs unless otherwise noted. For cancellations received more than two business days prior to the program date, a full refund, minus a 20% cancellation fee, will be issued. Refunds and exchanges will not be issued for missed programs or cancellations made two or fewer business days prior to the program date or for programs with registration fees of $5 or less. No refunds, credits, or exchanges will be offered for unattended classes purchased in a multiple class series package. 

 

To cancel or modify your registration, please contact the Community Programs and Outreach Department by calling (303) 797-8565 ext. 306 or email education@hudsongardens.org.