Two Great Locations, One Organization

Learn beekeeping hands-on with experts from Ann Arbor Backyard Beekeepers Club (A2B2).  The club offers two fee-based courses, for beginning and intermediate beekeepers, at Matthaei Botanical Gardens (1800 N. Dixboro Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105). Classes meet February through October, and include classroom lectures as well as time outdoors in the teaching apiary. Participants gain valuable hands-on experience as they learn about equipment, bee biology, pests, honey extraction, and fall and winter preparation. Beginner classes start at 10 am and intermediate starts at 2 pm on the same date. Matthaei-Nichols members receive a 10% discount on their registration (regular price: $150; with discount $135). Registration available now to A2B2 members. Registration begins January 1 for all others, including Matthaei members. Click here to learn more.

2018 Bee School syllabus:

Saturday Jan 27, 12:00 PM-4:30 PM
So, You Want to Be A Beekeeper?

This first informational session is for anyone curious about what it takes to become a beekeeper and is available free to the general public. A2B2 covers costs and equipment.

Sunday Feb 25  9:30-4:30
A2B2 Bee School Session 1

Equipment needs / season overview / bee biology. ()

Saturday March 24
Build Day
(This class for registered bee school members only. Beginner class sessions starts at 10 am.  Intermediate class starts at 2 pm.)
Session 1 from 9:30 AM-12:00 PM   Session 2 from 1:00 PM -3:30 PM  (Tentatively Rm 125)

Sunday April 29   9:30 am-4:30 pm
Hive set-up options / Varroa strategya
(This class for registered bee school members only. Beginner class sessions starts at 10 am.  Intermediate class starts at 2 pm.)

Sunday May 20 9:30 am-4:30 pm
Pests and pathogens / comb production
(This class for registered bee school members only. Beginner class sessions starts at 10 am.  Intermediate class starts at 2 pm.)

Sunday June 17 9:30 am-4:30 pm
Honey plants / supering for honey production
(This class for registered bee school members only. Beginner class sessions starts at 10 am.  Intermediate class starts at 2 pm.)

Sunday July 8  9:30 am-4:30 pm
Splits II: late season splits / honey removal
(This class for registered bee school members only. Beginner class sessions starts at 10 am.  Intermediate class starts at 2 pm.)

Sunday Aug 12  9:30 am-4:30 pm
Fall management / disease control / combining hives
(This class for registered bee school members only. Beginner class sessions starts at 10 am.  Intermediate class starts at 2 pm.)

Sunday Sept 9 9:30-4:30 pm
Fall management / preparing for winter
(This class for registered bee school members only. Beginner class sessions starts at 10 am.  Intermediate class starts at 2 pm.)

Sunday Oct 7  9:30 am-4:30 pm
Winter management / preparing for spring
(This class for registered bee school members only. Beginner class sessions starts at 10 am.  Intermediate class starts at 2 pm.)

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