Beekeeper Workshop


12th Annual Introduction to Bees and Beekeeping Workshop


The Dunn County Beekeepers are presenting an “Introduction to Bees and Beekeeping”. The workshop is designed to provide the basic information necessary to start beekeeping in Wisconsin. Participants will be guided through their first year of beekeeping. The workshop is intended for those who have no experience with bees and beekeeping.


WHEN: Saturday, February 9, 2019 sign in and registration starts at 7:45 a.m. Workshop is from 8:00 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.


WHERE: Menomonie Alliance Church, 502 21st St. N, Menomonie WI 54751


DIRECTIONS: 3 blocks north of the hospital in Menomonie on 21st St.


COST: $60.00 per person which includes meals, breaks, materials and course book. $10.00 for each additional family member, OR $35.00 for 4-H, FFA or Scout youth members.


Pre-registration is required.

Registration Deadline: Saturday, February 2, 2019

The registration form is available for download at the bottom of this page or here.

Registration is limited to 50 families.


The program is as follows:


7:45 Registration

Registration, with coffee and treats. Plus meet local Dunn Country Area Beekeepers

Come early and be ready for an exciting day.


8:00 Welcome & Introductions

Welcome to the Dunn County Beekeepers 10th annual Introduction to Honeybees & Beekeeping.

An introduction to the day; the presentation format; location of facilities and a thank you for coming to the Dunn County Beekeepers class.


8:45 Introduction to Beekeeping

This opening session explores the differences in beekeepers from those who are commercial producers of honey or honeybees to home hobbyists and who keep honeybees for pollination and honey production. The presentation includes different hive types for honeybees, as well as different breeds of honeybees.


9:30 Domestic Honey Bee Colony

Honeybees enter and exit their hives and work among our lawns, flowers, and gardens, but what happens behind that well-guarded entrance to their home? This session examines what life is like inside the hive and what do honeybees really do inside their home?


10:15 Morning Break

Coffee and snacks provided.


10:30 Domestic Honeybee Hive

Behind the entrance to the hive, the honeybees thrive, but what is needed to make that happen? This session demonstrates what equipment is used to keep a honeybee’s colony in an industry standard Langstroth hive. From frames to wax, bottom boards to inner and outer covers, you will get your chance to examine and assemble the hive components needed for a successful honeybee colony.


11:30 First Year Beekeeping Calendar

What is it like to be a beekeeper, do I have something to do every day? Do I ever get a break? When do I get the honey? Do I get lots of honey? This session is moderated by a recently new beekeeper, learn about the annual beekeeping calendar of what life is like the first year. Experiences from how everything worked better than can be imagined, to those moments where things didn’t quite go as planned, but were new types of learning experience.


12:00 Lunch with Dunn County Beekeepers

Dunn County Beekeepers and visitors from neighboring county clubs will be available to answer questions during the lunch time. Visit with regional and state club members, local vendors and representatives of commercial equipment.


12:30 Starting your Apiary

Ready – Set – go, now that you’re ready to start, now what, how do you start? Is this expensive? Do I have choices here? This session will talk about three ways in which you can become a beekeeper: from buying a complete hive that is ready to bring home and release in your own apiary; the process of starting colonies from packages of honeybees; or small special hives called “nuc’s”. This session will help you decide which way you will be the most comfortable, and get the most enjoyment out of your new hobby.


1:00 Honeybee Management

This session discusses the management of a honeybee colony, from nutrition to integrated pest management. Learning to identify and react to the needs of the colony by the beekeeper is essential to a healthy and productive hive. Pest management is an important and changing role for the beekeeper.


1:45 Round Robin Sessions

  1. Equipment Ordering
    An introduction to companies that can provide beekeeping equipment to the hobbyist beekeeper. Assistance with the types of equipment and some of the implications from cost, to home assembly, and operation of parts of the honey bee hive.
  2. Questions and Lots of Answers
    Presenters from the sessions and experienced beekeepers will answer questions from the group to help guide them through the process of making the decision to become beekeepers and some of the perils that await them.
  3. Products of the Hive
    A look at the different type of honey products that can come from the honey bee hive. We all expect honey, but there are many ways to use honey along with the many other products that can come from your bee hive.
  4. Beginning Beekeeping
    Presenters from the Beginning Beekeeping session will answer questions about their journey into beekeeping what they experienced over their first year. These first year beekeepers will relate how perceptions and what actually transpired are not always the same. They have a unique view into the new world of beekeeping having just started their journey.
  5. Non-Traditional Beekeeping
    This gives a view into the world of beekeeping which may not always be designed for the production of honey. Different honey bee hives will be discussed and for what type of beekeeper these hives have been used.
  6. Pollination
    Most hobbyist beekeepers want honey as their reward, however other beekeepers have a different perspective of the role for their bee hives. Honeybees are the primary insect pollinator providing pollination for many food crops, but honeybees also pollinate plants that are used for erosion control and ground cover.

4:15 Afternoon Break & Wrap up

        Next steps -- Dunn County Beekeeper Bee pickup


4:30 Adjourn

Mary Phillips,
Dec 20, 2018, 6:58 PM