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Bee-ginner's Beekeeping: The Basics of Apiculture

Course Code: AE0401CB20

Bee-ginner's Beekeeping

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Date & Time

May 7-9, 2020
9:00am - 4:00pm on the 7th and 8th (Check-in time on Day 1: 8:30am)
9:00am - 12:00pm on the 9th

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This class is designed to provide information that new beekeepers need to start and care for a honey bee colony. In the first two days, participants will be introduced to bee biology and management. Participants will also have hands-on sessions, learn how to assemble hives, open and examine colonies, and see how honey and beeswax are harvested.

This course fulfills the legal requirements of the State of New Jersey for beekeeper education: https://www.nj.gov/agriculture/pdf/Diseasesofbees.pdf.

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About the Bee-ginner's Beekeeping Course

Course topics include:

  • Bee Biology
  • Bees in an Urban Setting
  • Disease and Mite Prevention
  • Hive Assembly and Management
  • Honey Extraction
  • Queen Bee Purchasing
  • And Much More!

This 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!

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. Warmer weather means more active bees! We strongly encourage attendees to bring a beekeeping veil and/or a hat to cover your hair.

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

Who Should Attend the Bee-ginner's Beekeeping Course?

Whether you are completely new to beekeeping or already have a few years as an apiarist under your belt, you will gain valuable insights from our seasoned instructors and their combined experience.

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. 

Comments from Past Students about our Bee-ginner's Beekeeping Course

  • "This was a great program; I am very excited about starting my own hive; I feel pretty confident I can do it!"
  • "Gives very good foundational information so that I feel comfortable starting beekeeping."
  • "I have already recommended this course [to others]. I thought it was a great, thorough course for beginners and achieved in making me feel confident enough to try beekeeping."
  • "I came into the program having no beekeeping experience or knowledge. This information I learned will be very useful as I start my first colony of bees."
  • "I think this program is a great program if you're interested in beekeeping. It takes you through the first year of beekeeping."
  • "It takes you every step from knowing nothing to being ready to start keeping bees."
  • "Excellent intro to beekeeping."
  • "If you have any interest in bees or beekeeping, this was a great class."

Meet Your Bee-ginner's Beekeeping Course Instructor

Mike Haberland, Beekeeping Course InstructorMike Haberland is an associate professor and County Environmental Agent with Rutgers University Cooperative Extension. He uses applied research and collaborates with organizations to develop programs that assist in the creation, promotion, and education, of innovative environmental, sustainable community, and natural resource management practices. Mike uses beekeeping and the creation of native pollinator habitat for research and as a way to educate the public on the importance of pollinators.

Here is what our customers are saying about our instructor, Mike Haberland:
"Amazing presenter, kept us entertained and engaged"
"Knowledgeable, patient, and helpful"
"Super informative"
"Very informative, helpful, and kind!"
"Very knowledgeable and clear explanations, fun and entertaining!"

Beekeeping Resources to Help Budding Apiarists

Glossary of Beekeeping Terms:

NJ Honey Bee Suppliers:

Recommended Reading:

Interested in joining your local Beekeepers Association? For details, visit:

Bees and Beekeeping in the News!

Buzz kill: Advocates seek to reverse trend in honeybee deaths - Baltimore Sun

Bees are important, but handle with care - New Jersey Herald

If bees die, we die: Why the honeybee is so important to your food - NJ.com

Our Bee-ginner's Beekeeping Course Mentioned in NY Times and The Star Ledger - Click to read more!

Registration Fee TBD
NJ Beekeepers Association Members TBD
PA Beekeepers Association Members TBD
Master Gardeners Discount Fee TBD
Beekeeping Vest with Hood (optional, size Small/Medium or Large/XLarge, supplies are limited!) TBD
Cancellation Fee TBD

Substitutions are permitted. View cancellation policy.

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

OPTIONAL – A Field Guide to Honey Bees and Their Maladies, Penn State Extension – $20.00
This convenient pocket field guide is available to purchase on your own or through our office with your registration. Please include your selection and payment at checkout. NOTE: This resource is also available as a free download as well if you do not wish to purchase it for a field guide.


Continental breakfast will be provided on all three days. Lunch will be provided Days 1 and 2 only.

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
Directions and Map

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.


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Here are 3 convenient ways to be added to our mailing list:
1. Click here to join our mailing list (please reference "Bee-ginner's Beekeeping: The Basics of Apiculture" 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!

Program Coordinator: Pamela Springard-Mayer, 848-932-7463
Administrative Assistant: Jackie Findra, 848-932-7180

Attention U.S. Veterans

This course is approved by the New Jersey State Approving Agency for Veterans Training for educational benefits through the GI Bill®. For more information about the GI Bill, click here.

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government website at http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.