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Bee-ginner's Beekeeping

The Basics of Apiculture

Course Code: AE0401CA16

Bee-ginner's Beekeeping

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Last Held: October 22-24, 2015
9:00am - 4:00pm on the 22nd and 23rd (Check in time on Day 1: 8:30am)
9:00am - 12:00pm on the 24th

Next offerings scheduled for May 26-28, 2016 and June 30-July 2, 2016.


This two and a half-day program covers the basics of apiculture by providing comprehensive information and hands-on experience to help students start, maintain and care for a honey bee colony. Whether you have no experience or a few years as an apiarist under your belt, you will gain valuable insights from our seasoned instructors who share the knowledge they have gained through 45+ years of combined experience. 

Course topics include:

- Bee Biology
- Hive Management
- Queen Bee Purchasing
- Honey Extraction
- Bees in an Urban Setting

The apiculture course includes hands-on training on a number of important topics related to beekeeping, including assembling hives and opening and examining colonies. From disease and mite prevention and hive management to honey production, this class will cover everything you need to know to further your hobby or get your business off the ground.

Our students come from all walks of life – attorneys, teachers, retirees, farmers, artists – but they leave with one thing in common: a newfound confidence to start their own hives and pursue their passion for beekeeping. 

CAUTION: As you will be working around live bee colonies, please remember to wear light-colored and smooth-textured clothing, as dark-colored, textured and woolly clothing can aggravate the bees. Please refrain from using perfume or hair gel and keep jewelry to a minimum.

NOTE: In order to reserve your bees for the upcoming season, please contact your supplier by January. A "NJ Honey Bee Suppliers" list and a "Glossary of Terms" will be sent to you with your confirmation upon registering for this class.


Instructor Bob Hughes is a sideline beekeeper with over 25 years of beekeeping experience. Instructor Tim Schuler currently serves as State Apiarist with the NJ Department of Agriculture and has 22 years of beekeeping experience.

"Their command of this topic was truly impressive. Their obvious interest and their approachability made these courses a real pleasure!" – Course Attendee

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Looking for something more advanced? Attend our Beyond the Basics: Practice Hive Management Tools for Beekeepers course! This course is recommended for people who have a general knowledge of the language and terminology of apiculture and have kept a bee colony for at least one (1) full year.

Interested in joining the New Jersey Beekeepers Association? Visit http://njbeekeepers.org for details!

Registration Fee TBD
NJ Beekeeper's Association Members TBD

Substitutions are permitted. View cancellation policy.

Penn State Extension's Beekeeping Basics textbook is included with your course materials at no additional charge.

You may also purchase an optional text – A Field Guide to Honey Bees and Their Maladies – through our office for only $20. Please include your selection/payment with your registration.


Continental breakfast and lunch are provided days one and two only. Please bring a light snack/drink on day three.

NOTE: If you have any dietary restrictions or food allergies, please alert us at least one (1) week in advance of the course start date so that we can make reasonable accommodations. We cannot guarantee accommodations for special requests made after that time.


We strongly recommend that you use the directions we provide.

Rutgers Eco Complex
1200 Florence-Columbus Rd, Bordentown, NJ 08505
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Note: Pre-registration is required. We're sorry, but we cannot guarantee a seat, materials or meals for walk-in registrants. Location is subject to change; registrants will be notified in the event of a change.


Sorry, registration is not currently available for this course.

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1. Click here to join our mailing list (please reference "Bee-ginner's Beekeeping" or Course Code AE0401) 
2. Call us at 848-932-9271, select option 3
3. E-mail us at ocpe@njaes.rutgers.edu

Program Questions? Contact Us!

Senior Program Coordinator: Dalynn Knigge, 848-932-7315
Administrative Assistant: Karen Tizzano, 848-932-7483

Attention U.S. Veterans

All of the courses offered by the Rutgers Office of Continuing Professional Education are approved by the New Jersey State Approving Agency for Veterans Training for tuition reimbursement through the GI Bill. For more information about the GI Bill, click here.

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