Courses

In addition to teaching undergraduate beekeeping courses at Delaware Valley University in Doylestown, PA and Temple University, Ambler, PA, I also teach beginner and more advanced continuing education beekeeping courses at these schools.

Introduction To Beekeeping

Temple University, Ambler campus:  580 Meetinghouse Rd, Ambler, PA 19002     Dates and times:  February 2 & 3 & March 23 & 24, 2019 (Sat/Sun); 11:00 am to 3:30 pm  This 14 hour course is designed to enable potential beekeepers to gain the basic understandings required for keeping honey bees.  Topics include apiary location requirements, how to obtain bees, essential equipment, and how to care for your new colony. To help the beginner understand the ‘why’ underlying the practice of beekeeping, additional lecture topics include important aspects of honey bee biology.  Further topics cover establishment of colonies, seasonal management, honey production and harvesting, as well as honey bee pests and diseases.  We will also taste honey from a variety of floral sources.  The bee hives located on the Temple Ambler campus will be used to gain hands-on experience with honey bees. Registration:https://noncredit.temple.edu/search/publicCourseSearchDetails.do?method=load&courseId=90889

Queen Rearing

Delaware Valley University, Doylestown, PA                                                Continuing Education (non-credit) APR 110 002                                                Intensive weekend May 11-12, 2019: Saturday 9am-4pm, Sunday 9am-4pm.  Queen cell pickup: Monday May 21, 2019, 6-8pm.                                                                                      This two-day course will include grafting larvae, the Cloake board method of queen rearing, and the use of mating nucs. Hands on experience with grafting will complement lectures on queen rearing and queen breeding. Each student will receive a queen bar frame, plastic queen cell cups, and a grafting tool; if successful, the student may have queen cells to take home nine days later.                                        To register: http://www.delval.edu/continuing-and-professional-studies/non-credit-certificates-and-courses/beekeeping1

Introduction To Beekeeping

Delaware Valley University, Doylestown, PA,                                                          Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 26, 27 and 28, 2019, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm each day    This  extended weekend course is designed for hobbyists, beginning beekeepers or for experienced beekeepers wanting a refresher course or more up to date information than they have. In this course you will learn about:
•    Honey bee biology and behavior
•    Building an apiary and harvesting honey
•    Apiary equipment and supplies
•    Management practices for each season
To register: https://www.delval.edu/continuing-and-professional-studies/non-credit-certificates-and-courses/beekeeping1

Courses at other venues

Courses at other venues can be arranged. For example, I have taught an Intermediate Level beekeeping course to interested members of the Montgomery County Beekeepers Association, a one-day Introduction to Queen Rearing class at the Philadelphia Beekeepers Guild and the Chester County Beekeepers Association and a weekend queen rearing course under the sponsorship of the Bucks County Beekeepers Association.

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