Course Description

This course will inform potential beekeepers of the joys and responsibilities of successful beekeeping. Honeybees have pests and diseases that will kill them without the beekeeper’s help. During the first weekend, you’ll learn about apiary location requirements, how to obtain bees, essential equipment as well as important aspects of honeybee biology. This early start allows you to choose and order your beehive and bees at a time when they are readily available. During the second weekend, closer to the time that you will obtain your bees, we will discuss how to start and care for your new bee colony. Additional topics include seasonal management, important sources of nectar and pollen, honey production and harvesting. We will practice handling bees using bees located at the Temple University Ambler campus. Recommend book: The Beekeeper’s Handbook, 5th edition. Please bring a bagged lunch as we will have a working lunch for all class sessions. 


The Spring 2024 course will be held in-person at the Temple University Ambler (TUA) campus and is administered through the Ambler Arboretum. For questions, please contact the Ambler Arboretum at arboretum@temple.edu or 267-468-8400.
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