Keeping bees can be a fun a rewarding hobby but can be a bit intimidating to get started. Luckily, beekeeping classes are offered by different organizations to help teach the skills needed to get your hives started. In early 2015, two different organizations are hosting beekeeping classes in the Madison area.
Jeanne Hansen of the Dane County Beekeepers Association will be hosting several day long ‘Beekeeping Classes’ at the Dane Co. Extension Building this winter and spring. Beginners Classes will repeat on Jan 31, Feb. 28, March 28, April 11 and May 2, 2015. A more advanced “Second Step Class” will be held on March 21, 2015. All classes run from 9am – 4pm. The fee of $50 covers coffee, handouts, free sample journals and catalogues, and props galore for you to handle. Individual, hands-on mentoring is also available, $20 for 2 hours in the apiary. To register, contact Jeanne Hansen at 608-244-5094 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Additional information about the sessions can be found here.
In addition, Mad Urban Bees will be hosting several winter beekeeping classes at the Goodman Center in Madison. Classes are being offered on Jan 18th, Feb. 7th, and Feb. 21st. All classes run from 10am – 4pm. The fee of $60 (or $100 for a pair) covers coffee/tea, honey samples, and a wide range of educational topics. Additional information about these classes can be found here.