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Continuous learning is the key to successful beekeeping. Build on your knowledge as we explore topics that will take you to the next level such as: swarm management, splits, re-queening, advanced frame options and even what to do with the fruits of the bees’ labor.

Tickets are $50 per person. Classes are mentorship-style experiences with each 1.5 hour session guided by Elly Maxwell, Dow Gardens Entomologist, guest speakers, and participants themselves. This series is not intended for new beekeepers.


Pre-requisites for registration: successful participation in the Beginning Beekeeping Series or 1 full season of hive management.

Advanced Beekeeping Techniques

Monthly topics are subject to switching based on speaker availability and needs of the class participants.

Beekeeping Session #1

March 15, 2022  |  6–7:30 p.m.

Session 1 will cover Splits, Swarm prevention, and other Spring Preparations.

Beekeeping Session #2

April 12, 2022  | 6–7:30 p.m.

Session 2 will cover Advanced Frame and Equipment options and techniques. This is a demonstration class so you can explore what might best fit for your next equipment investment. Explore wired frames, what is needed to make comb honey, and more. Students will not be building sets of frames.

Beekeeping Session #3

May 17, 2022  | 6–7:30 p.m.

Session 3 will cover The Fruits of Your (and their) Labor. Explore options and requirements for processing honey and wax and what to do next.

Beekeeping Session #4

June 14, 2022  |  6–7:30 p.m.

Session 4 will cover later season duties such as late summer requeening, splitting, and making nucs.