This program is designed to help beekeepers develop stronger clubs, increase availability of bee educational programs, and improve the overall education level of their beekeeping community. You will learn how individual teachers have made a difference in their beekeeping region and community. We encourage any intermediate or advanced level beekeepers to attend these sessions so they themselves can implement the suggestions, or they can refer back to the ideas presented when communicating with the beekeeping educators and leaders in their own home groups.
This session focuses on the logistics of actually creating a beginning (or other level) bee school in your area. We’re not talking content, we are talking planning and execution. This is an important step to consider when trying to increase the amount of education in your area. Carol is a Master Beekeeper with over 10 years of experience teaching and organizing bee schools and her knowledge will save you time and effort and enable you to focus on what you really need to work on, your new beekeepers!
In her many years of teaching beginning bee school, Landi has realized that actual hands on hive experience, right at the beginning of the new beekeeper’s journey into beekeeping makes a critical difference in their confidence and overall quality as a beekeeper. Landi will discuss the logistics of how she gets new beekeepers into the apiary and inspecting their first hives (not just watching her do an inspection) and the impact that makes on the quality of the new beekeepers in her region. She'll also talk about the basics of a good core beekeeping class that helps new beekeepers learn to be good observers and diagnosticians of their bees.
Erin is a mover and a shaker in her beekeeping community and she realized early on that there is a gap in beekeeping education. Books and classes are focused on beginning beekeeping, or advanced topics, and the realities and practicalities of building up are not well addressed. So Erin created and “intermediate level” bee school in Maine, designed for people with 2-7 hives and 2+ years of beekeeping to start to fill the gap. This course has run for five years in Erin’s area and in 2015 she taught it in Massachusetts as well. In this session we will discuss the how’s and why’s of teaching Intermediate Bee School and Erin will provide the Powerpoint of her 6 week Intermediate School for participants to use and build on in their own area.
Bob Sears and the Eastern Missouri Beekeepers Association have developed a vibrant, motivated, well-endowed (financially) and well-educated group through their education, outreach, and niche-filling activities. Bob will discuss the how’s and why’s of the programs they offer and the benefits that are achieved by both the individuals and the club. From the club nuc pick up to “Extractaganza”, Bob (and the Eastern Missouri Beekeepers Association) share their successful solutions to problems that every club face in terms of engagement, increasing education, and reducing redundancy in beekeeping operations.
Our Mission Is:
Education and Conferences,
Master Beekeeper Certification,
Honey Bee Research Grants