Beekeeper Workshop

11th 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 3, 2018 sign in and registration starts at 8:00 a.m. Workshop is from 8:30 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: $48.00 per person which includes meals, breaks, materials and course book. $8.00 for each additional family member, OR $25.00 for 4-H, FFA or Scout youth members.


Pre-registration is required.

Registration Deadline: Saturday, January 27, 2018

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:


8:00 Registration

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

Come early and be ready for an exciting day.


8:30 Welcome & Introductions to Beekeeping

Welcome to the Dunn County Beekeepers 11th 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.


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.


9:00 Basic Beekeeping Equipment

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. How to minimize honeybee stings.


10:15 Morning Break

Coffee and snacks provided.


10:30 Basic Honey Bee Biology & Diseases

Domestic honeybee and their social behavior. What do honeybees really do inside their home? Learn what the basic needs of the honeybee are and how does the beekeeper prevent and treat common diseases.


11:30 Starting your Apiary

You’re ready to start, now what, how do you start? Is this expensive? Do I have choices? Learn 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.


12:00 Lunch with Mentors and Dunn County Beekeepers

Dunn County Beekeepers will be available to answer questions during the lunch time.


12:45 First Year Colony 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

  • Ordering Equipment

  • Assembling Hive Components

  • Dressing for Success

  • Non-Traditional Beekeeping

  • More than Honey from a Hive (includes honey tasting, candles and pollen)

  • Pollination Planting


4:00 Taking the next step

Dunn Co. Beekeepers Meeting in February – order bees

March – review installation

            Bee ordering policy


4:30 Adjourn

Mary Phillips,
Nov 24, 2017, 5:41 PM