The Best Time To Take Beekeeping Classes

First of all, why are you taking beekeeping classes? what is the point of them? People take beekeeping classes to learn about the facts and details of bees and beekeeping. They learn about biology, behavior, and so much more.

Most of the things in beekeeping classes are best as lecture based classes. They are more for discussion and general presentation of information. There really is no need for live bees in a class. If demonstration is useful, any instructor has more than enough access to videos and photos to show you what it is that is est presented visually.

So a class can be taken really whenever, at any time of year and during any season. In regards to beekeeping, most classes historically, perhaps even to say traditionally, are offered in the Spring or in the very last weeks of Winter just before Spring to take advantage of when bees become active so as to have classroom days and field days be close so as to keep information fresh in new beekeeper’s minds.

That’s all well and good but in the final weeks leading up to Spring, beekeepers really ought to be focused on the hands-on parts to be best prepared for early Spring activities which will set the stage for a successful season. Time is best used on prep activities.

Late Fall and Getting into Winter is the best time for the classroom based learning of beekeeping. There are much fewer practical, hands-on demands of the beekeeper’s time and it’s much more pleasant and reinforces learning to sit in a warm classroom where you can focus on the information instead of being cold and ask questions and listen to the answers of the questions others have asked.

Because that’s the real value of taking a class. Being able to ask questions and hear what others ask and discuss. Otherwise, you might as swell just read a book. It’s the opportunity to interact and engage with an experienced instructor and pick their brain while you have the chance. Pick up on nuance and information that a book can’t easily communicate because of being there in person offers more information than just seeing words.

However, when do most people take classes, or even offer beekeeping classes for that matter? In the Spring, as always. That’s the tradition and when most people think about it, as they see the weather improve and they get excited by the prospects.

I will be offering the complete beekeeping course I have been teaching at MCC and other places this Winter at the Rescue and Teaching Apiary at Scatter Joy Acres in the Bee Barn to help those early birds get a headstart on learning so that they can get the most useful work done assembling equipment, setting up the apiary, and so on in the early Spring to be prepared.

2020 Classes and Workshops

I will be teaching beekeeping classes and workshops at different locations throughout the Omaha/metro area throughout 2020. Some may be at Metro Community College, some at Lauritzen Gardens and others at Scatter Joy Acres or at Omaha Permaculture.

The classes at Scatter Joy Acres in the Rescue and Teaching Apiary “Bee Barn” will be considered the core of activity. All classes will be available to the public and will have fees associated with them to offset the costs of making them available.

Those registered and accepted into the Apprenticeship will be able (and required) to participate in some or all of the classes or workshops offered at the Bee Barn at no registration cost as part of their apprenticeship activities.

Classes will be listed on this website in a post and on the schedule on this website and on the Facebook page as they are planned.

SJA-Update- News For The Last Week of November 2018

I’m working at putting a weekly update on the goings on of the various projects I am working on for each of the locations I am working on them at.  In this case, I’m talking about the goings-on at the Rescue & Teaching Apiary at Scatter Joy Acres in North Omaha.

Bee nucs are on sale.

I have placed an order for 4 nucs to be used at the Teaching apiary to begin the training and veterans group activities ther as soon as possible.  Yes, it is a rescue apiary but most rescues won’t show up in the apiary until late Spring and we want to give our participants ecxperience with bees and what to do as soon as Spring starts.  If things go as we expect and hope, this will be a one time purchase as rescues and splits will help provide the futuure teaching hives.

You can help to purchase the initial nucs for the teaching apiary by clicking this link to the GoFundMe page and contributing there.  If you don’t like GoFundMe, contact me directly for other ways to contribute.

Apprentice Program

The Apprentice program still has room for 2 more apprentices.  Apprenticeship is more than just volunteering and helping out occassionally.  It’s making a committment to helping achieve the goals and objectives of successfully managing the hives at the teaching apiary and assisting with educational programs and activities that are scheduled.

Yes, there is some flexibility but the folks willing to put the most in will be the ones given the most consideration.

Being an apprentice here is learning to successfully manage hives for production, teaching and mentoring others, doing live bee removal and relocation activities and more.  Of course there are certain benefits to making such a committment of time and effort.

Contact me directly by filling out the Apprentice form on the website.

Veterans Beekeeping Group

The veterans beekeeping project is one that focuses on using beekeeping as a therapeutic way of reducing stress and learning a new hobby at the same time.

Veteran participants are welcome to join at no cost to them.  Just bring your enthusiasm and courage and we’ll take care of the rest.

This program starts in April, 2019.  Contact me directly at 402-370-8018 or at bigbearomaha at gmail.com to register.

Bee. S. Sessions

Beekeepers are welcome to come on over and be part of a group chat about all things bees and beekeeping at Scatter Joy Acres on the First and third Saturday of each month this Winter.  There is only a $5.00 entry fee to access the farm but you get to hang out with other beekeepers, ask questions, help others and generally Bee. S. for awhile.  Come on over antime between 9 am and 11 to shoot the bees with us.

Scatter Joy Acres is located at 4966 Newport Ave, Omaha, NE 68152

Beekeeping Classes Available

I am an adjunct professor at Metro Community College (MCC) teaching beekeeping and other bee related classes based mostly at the new North Express location which leans toward sustainability ideas.

In-depth classes about honey bees are available for aspiring and always learning beekeepers seeking to gain more useful information about their beekeeping.

I am cuerrently teaching classes at Lauritzen Gardens in Omaha on a modern approach to native bee appreciation as a hobby and specific types of native bees.  This is my “Bee Spotting” series of classes.

As the weather warms up and the rescue and teaching apiary at the Scatter Joy Acres animal rescue in North Omaha picks up, there will be apprenticeships available, workshops offered and mentoring sessions for beekeepers available on certain weekends.

Classes available in Spring 2019  at MCC include;

4/6/2019 Orchard, Crop, & Garden Bee Pollination Saturday 10a.m. to 12 p.m.
4/13/2019 Integrated Pest Management For Pollinating Bees Saturday 10a.m. to 12 p.m.
4/20/2019 Beekeeping Basics Saturday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
4/27/2019 Honey Bee Anatomy and Physiology Saturday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
5/4/2019 Honey Bee Behavior Saturday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
5/11/2019 Beekeeping: Hive Management Saturday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
5/18/2019 Honey Bee Diseases and Pests Saturday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
5/25/2019 Beekeeping: Applied Skills Saturday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
6/1/2019 Bee Spotting For Fun Saturday 10a.m. to 12 p.m.
6/8/2019 Honey Production Saturday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
6/15/2019 Organic Beekeeping Saturday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
7/13/2019 Bee Spotting For Fun Saturday 10a.m. to 12 p.m.

Additional  and different classes can be added throughout the quarter if there are enough people to sign up for them.  Contact me to schedule those.