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2015 Beginning Bee Series
This popular Class is FULL, no more registrations will be accepted.
Please call Indian Creek Nature Center at 319-362-0664 to be added to the 2016 Interest List.
Series fee: $60/member; $90/non-member ($15/companion)
Must register prior to the first class on January 15, 2015, and be in attendance at the first class. Registration will close after 30 participants have registered.
This eight session series is designed for individuals serious about starting a beekeeping hobby. The series will take the participant through the annual cycle of beekeeping from establishing a hive to harvesting and marketing the honey produced. The class members will be actively involved in learning activities by working with the hives at the Indian Creek Nature Center. All classes are held at the Nature Center and last approximately two hours; attendance is critical.
Starting two colonies of bees (recommended) costs approximately $600-$700. Beekeepers usually devote 2-5 hours weekly to working in their apiaries April-September, with several additional days in the early spring and fall. The city of Cedar Rapids currently has an ordinance against apiaries on residential property. Beekeeping is allowed in Linn County. Check with your local government to see if you can keep bees.
Instructors: Bob Wolff 319-366-5415, Phil Cummings 319-551-3178, Jean Wiedenheft 319-362-0664
Fee includes classes, informational handouts, and use of the Nature Center’s Honeyhouse and extracting equipment (student must have attended session VII; extracting is scheduled between Sunday, August 23 and Tuesday, September 15, 2015. Plan to spend approximately 1 hour per super, plus an hour for setup and cleanup).
The Beekeeper’s Handbook by Diane Sammataro and Alphonse Avitabile, 2011.
Limited quantities of this book is available in the Indian Creek Nature Center’s Creekside Shop. We recommend that you have a book before the first class; as the Creekside Shop is not open after 4pm.
Download 2015 curriculum HERE