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 "NJ 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 Instructors
Brannen Basham is a horticulturalist at Longwood Gardens where he works with native plants. As a life-long nature enthusiast and avid reader, Brannen's journey with bees began more than 5 years ago through the book "The Hive and the Honeybee" and continues to this day. Brannen blends his knowledge of horticulture with beekeeping by developing strategic gardening and farming practices to both attract and support pollinators including the honeybee, bumble bee, and various other native bee species.
Mike 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.
Beekeeping Resources to Help Budding Apiarists
Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station Fact Sheet:
Blooms for Bees: How to Provide Pollen and Nectar Sources
Glossary of Beekeeping Terms:
Download Beekeeping Glossary (PDF)
NJ Honey Bee Suppliers:
Download List of Honey Bee Suppliers (PDF)
Download List of Recommended Reading (PDF)
Interested in joining your local Beekeepers Association? For details, visit: