Our little town has an active gardening community and burgeoning local sustainability movement. A new acquaintance has asked if I'd teach a class which I'm glad to do. Love the sound of my own voice and love to talk about bees! So anyway my problem will likely be condensing everything I'd want a noob to know into three hours. Off the top, I'll certainly cover:
equipment: choices, sources. Smoker use. Protective equipment
basic colony inspection/manipulation
colony location: site considerations, good neighborship
stings and allergy
bees: colony and individual behavior, seasonal cycles, life cycles, swarming, castes and age division of labor
queens: races, supercedure, emergency replacement
Management choices : none, IPM, soft only, medicate like it's going out of style, etc.
Disease, pests and predators
I'll ask the woman hosting if this is to be a details class like for folks wanting bees in spring (in which case obviously we'll need some follow-up) or to get some information out there and get people interested. But either way, anyone see anything big I'm missing? Or have an outline to share?
I'm just dying to do this! The only other person doing classes in the area, besides the clubs which for some reason don't seem to get great attendance, charges like $100 a head for a class ! And then tells people varroa is caused by extractors no less .