Bee-ginner's Beekeeping: The Basics of Apiculture Short Course

Learn how to start, maintain and care for a honey bee colony from the experts!


DATE: September 22-24, 2016

TIME: 9:00am - 4:00pm on the 22nd and 23rd (Check in time on Day 1: 8:30am)
9:00am - 12:00pm on the 24th

LOCATION: Rutgers Eco Complex
1200 Florence-Columbus Rd, Bordentown, NJ 08505

FEE: $225.00 to $245.00 (see website for details - includes breakfast all 3 days, lunch on days 1 & 2 only)

REGISTER: http://www.cpe.rutgers.edu/courses/c.../ae0401ca.html

SPONSOR: Office of Continuing Professional Education at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

DESCRIPTION: This two and a half-day program covers the basics of apiculture by providing comprehensive information and hands-on experience to help students start, maintain and care for a honey bee colony.

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.