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At the VBL, part of our mission is to provide education and public outreach to inform beekeepers, stakeholders and the general public on the future of bees and beekeeping. Stay tuned for more information on classes, workshops and other events!

Upcoming Classes at UVM:

PSS 195: Introduction to Beekeeping

CRN: 61789 (online)
Instructors: Samantha Alger
Credits: 3
Dates: July 19 – August 13, 2021
Location: online

Course Description: In this online course, students will learn the fundamentals of being responsible stewards of honey bee colonies and the skills to support good decision-making in today’s changing world of beekeeping. This introductory course will cover topics including basic bee biology, the factors driving global pollinator decline, current topics in pollinator research, purchasing equipment, and bees, integrated pest management, queen grafting, and successful strategies for overwintering. Note that the course material will be presented asynchronously. If you are interested in a hands-on beekeeping course, please see “Hands-on Beekeeping” CN 61421; PSS 195 – Z1

PSS 195: Hands-on Beekeeping

CRN: 61421
Instructors: Samantha Alger
Credits: 3
Dates: July 19 – August 13, 2021
Location: UVM Horticulture Research & Education Center

Course Description: Due to the spread of emerging pests and pathogens and changes in agricultural practices, today’s honey bees and their beekeepers face far more challenges. In this exciting hands-on course, students will learn the fundamentals of being responsible stewards of honey bee colonies and the skills to support good decision-making in today’s changing world. This introductory course offers a combination of classroom lectures and hands-on field experience on topics including basic bee biology, the factors driving global pollinator decline, purchasing equipment and bees, integrated pest management, and successful strategies for overwintering. Attendance is mandatory for every class as each class serves as the foundation for the next. Will you get stung? Protective clothing and proper handling techniques greatly reduce the risk of bee stings. However, some bee stings are inevitable. If you have an allergy to bee venom, you should not take the in-person version of this course. Check out the online version of the course: “Introduction to Beekeeping – 61789 – PSS 195 – OL1”

How to sign up:

If you are not a current UVM student, you would register as a Continuing and Distance Education (CDE) student. That process begins here.

Information on all summer courses at UVM can be found here.

Cost: $750 per course