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Monday, December 18, 2017

Contact: Dustin Vande Hoef       
515/281-3375 or 515/326-1616 (cell)


 
 

RECORD NUMBER OF BEEKEEPING SCHOOLS SCHEDULED FOR 2018
36 beginner and advanced beekeeping courses to be held across the state

DES MOINES – The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship today encouraged Iowans interested in beekeeping to consider enrolling in one of the beekeeping schools that will be held around the state again in 2018.  There are a record number of 36 courses that will be held across the state for both the beginner and advanced bee keeper.

“Interest in beekeeping continues to grow and these courses are a great opportunity for new beekeepers or those who are interested in getting started to learn from experienced Iowa beekeepers who understand how to successfully raise bees in our state,” said Mike Naig, Iowa Deputy Secretary of Agriculture.

Early enrollment for many of these courses is important so courses can meet minimum enrollment numbers. Fees will vary by location.  For more information, please refer to the IHPA website and online monthly newsletter at www.abuzzaboutbees.com or contact Andrew Joseph, State Apiarist with the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, at (515) 725-1481 or andrew.joseph@iowaagriculture.gov.

Please note that not all of these courses are sponsored by the Iowa Honey Producers Association, and the information presented by the instructors is not necessarily endorsed by the IHPA.  Additionally, none of the courses are sponsored by the Iowa Department of Agriculture & Land Stewardship and the information presented by the instructors is not necessarily endorsed by the Department.

There are currently about 4,500 beekeepers in Iowa that manage more than 45,000 colonies of honey bees. These honey bees produce about 4 million pounds of honey annually, valued at over $8 million. Honey bees are also responsible for the pollination of many Iowa crops. Field and horticultural crops, home gardens and plants eaten by wildlife are dependent on bee pollination for the production of their fruits, nuts and seeds. The economic value of honey bees as crop pollinators in Iowa has been estimated at $92 million annually.

A list of 2018 course locations and details follows here:

City&
Time

Start Date

Course
Length

Meeting
Location

Contact to
Register

Fee

Ankeny

Beginning
Beekeeping

6-8 pm

Jan. 25 -
March 1

Thursday
evenings
for 6
weeks

Iowa Lab
Facility, DMACC
Campus,
Ankeny, DCI
Conference
Room

Andrew Joseph:
515-326-5765 (call or text)
Andrew.Joseph@lowaAgriculture.gov
2230 S. Ankeny Blvd Ankeny, IA 50023

$35
(scholarship
youth, their
parents and
mentors/no charge)

Albia
Beginning
Beekeeping

6:30 –
8:00 pm

Jan 30 – March 20

Tuesday evening for 8 weeks

Monroe Co. Extension Office
219 B Ave.
West
Albia, IA 52531

Sheila Weldon: 641-891-2268 or
Jerry Weldon: 641-891-4071
or email: weldonjs@iowatelecom.net

$45 household includes a book, handouts & field day

Calmar Beginning Beekeeping

6-9pm

Jan 30 – March 6

Tuesday evenings for 6 weeks

1625 Hwy
150 S
Wilder Business Center

NICC Continuing Education:  563-557-8271, ext. 380

Instructor:
Bill & Louise Johnson

$35

Cedar Rapids

Beginning Beekeeping

6-9pm

Jan. 12 –
Oct. 12

4 lecture dates and 3 field days throughout the year

Indian Creek Nature Center 5300 Otis Rd SE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52403

319-362-0664 or
www.indiancreeknaturecenter.org/public-programs/beekeeping

Member:
$80

Non-
member:
$100

Council
Bluffs

Class info for
2018 TBD

April-May

Saturday mornings for 3 weeks

IA Western Comm. College
@ Looft Hall

712-325-3252 (Holly)
Iowa Western Comm. College 2700 College Rd
Council Bluffs, IA 51502
Instructor: Lynn Danzer

$59

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Davenport

6-8 pm

Feb. 22 – Mar. 29

Thursday Evenings for 6 weeks

Nahant Marsh Education Center
thru
Eastern Iowa Community College

563-441-4100
Course# 195364 4220

S Wapello Ave
Davenport, IA 52802

Instructor: Phil Crandall

 

$95 / includes text book

 

Des Moines

Beginning
Beekeeping

7-9pm

Jan 23 & 30
Feb 6, 13,
20 & 27

Tuesday
evenings
for 6
weeks

Des Moines
Community Ed,
Merrill Middle
School118
5301 Grand Ave

http://commed.dmschools.org/programs/adults/
Beekeeping 101

Instructor: Julia McGuire

$60 per

 

student+

 

Book $10

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Des Moines

Jan 25

Thursday

Des Moines

http://commed.dmschools.org/programs/adults/
Beekeeping 101

Instructor: Julia McGuire

$60 per

 

 

Feb 1, 15,

evenings

Community Ed,

Student +

 

Beginning

22

for 6

Merrill Middle

Book $10

 

Beekeeping

March 1 &

weeks

School118

 

 

 

8

 

5301 Grand Ave

 

 

7-9 pm

 

 

 

 

 

Des Moines

Advanced
Beekeeping

7-9 pm

Jan 24, 31
Feb 7, 14,
21, 28

Wed
evenings
for 6
weeks

Des Moines
Community Ed,
Merrill Middle
School118
5301 Grand Ave

http://commed.dmschools.org/programs/adults/
Beekeeping 201

Instructor: Julia McGuire

$60

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dubuque

Beginning

Jan 30 – March 6

Tuesday
evenings for 6

Dubuque
Northeast Iowa Comm. College,

NICC Continuing Education : 563-557-8271, ext. 380

$35

 

Beekeeping

6-9 pm

 

weeks

Town Clock Business Center
680 Main St

Instructor:
Bill & Louise Johnson

Class via live podcast

 

Fairfield

Beginning Beekeeping

6-8 pm

March

Thursday evenings for 4
weeks

Jefferson County Extension
Office

Coleen: 641-472-4166
2606 W Burlington Ave
Fairfield, IA 52556

Instructor : Vern Ramsey & Joy
Westercamp

$5.00

 

 

 

Fort Dodge Beginning Beekeeping

9 am -12 noon

Jan 13th – Feb. 3rd

Saturday mornings for 4 weeks

Webster County ISU Extension Office in Fort Dodge

Yvonne: 515-835 -9326 or e-mail Yvonne@iastate.edu
217 South 25th St.
Ste C12 (enter S.E. corner)
Fort Dodge, IA 50501-7670

Instructor: Roy Kraft

Single $40 / Family $50

 

Fort Dodge Advanced Class

1-4pm

Feb. 3rd

Saturday afternoon

Webster County ISU Extension Office in Fort Dodge

Yvonne: 515-835 -9326 or e-mail Yvonne@iastate.edu
217 South 25th St.
Ste C12 (enter S.E. corner)
Fort Dodge, IA 50501-7670

Single $35 / Family $45

 

 

 

 

 

Instructor: Roy Kraft

 

 

Fredericks-
burg
Beginning
Beekeeping

9 am - 3 pm

January 20th & 27th

Class size
limited

Saturdays
for 2 weeks

Bring sack
lunch

3025 270th St
Fredericks-
Burg

Mary Wiltgen: 563-920-9628 or
tmwiltgen@gmail.com

$50
Payment
due @
registration

 

Indianola (FBI Club)
Beginning
Beekeeping

6:30 - 8:30 pm

Jan 25 -
March 15

Thursday evenings for 8 weeks

Calvary Baptist Church
Indianola, IA

Judy Spence: 515-988-8397 Jespencejr44@gmail.com
2708 N Jefferson Way
Indianola, IA 50125

Instructors: Doyle Kincy &
Eric Kenoyer

Class free-
$8.00 for book

 

 

 

Iowa Falls
Beginning
Beekeeping

5:30 - 8:00 pm

Jan 23rd – Feb 20th

Feb 27
snow day

Tuesday
Evenings
for
5 weeks

Iowa Falls
Ellsworth
Community
College

Rachael Koehler: 1-800-284-4823 or 641-752-4645
Course ARG 4501 Sec 2
1100 College Ave

Instructor: Pat Ennis

$49
Field days
included

 

Keosauqua Beginning Beekeeping

6:00-
8:00 pm

Start in March

Monday evenings for 4 weeks

Roberts Bldg - with cooperation with Van Buren County
Extension.

To register: 319-293-3039
Hwy 1 north
Keosauqua, IA 52562

Instructor: Vern Ramsey & Joy Westercamp

$5.00

 

Knoxville Beginning Beekeeping

6:30-8 pm

Jan. 25th – March 15th

Thursday evenings for weeks

Marion County Extension Office
210 N Iowa St Knoxville, IA
50138

Jerry Weldon: 641-842-5888 or
Sheila: 641-891-2268 or email: weldonjs@iowatelecom.net

$45 household includes a book, handouts & field day

 

Marshall- town Beginning Beekeeping

7-9 pm

Jan. 24th – Feb. 28th

Wed. evenings for 6 weeks

Iowa Valley Community College

Rachael Koehler: 800-284-4823 or 641-752-4645
Room 612
3702 South Center St Marshalltown, IA 50158

$49

 

 

 

Instructor: Phil Ebert

 

 

Mason City Beginning
Beekeeping
9 am – 12 pm

Feb. 3rd – Feb. 24th

Saturday mornings
for 4
weeks

North Iowa Area
Community
College

NIACC Continuing Education: 641-422-4358
500 College Dr
Mason City, IA 50401

Instructor: Pat Ennis

$49

 

Mt Pleasant Beginning Beekeeping

6-9pm

Feb 1, 8, 22 & Mar. 1

Thursday evenings for 4 weeks

Iowa State University Extension/Henry Co/ Extension Office

Henry Co Extension
127 N Main St
Call 319-385-8126 no later than Jan 27th

Instructors: Dave and Ray Tull

Individual
$25 or
Couple $35 (sharing a book

 

Newton
5:30 - 7:30 pm

Beekeeping
Basics

January 23

Tuesday evening

ISU Extension & Outreach Jasper Co.
550 N 2nd Ave W

John Krzton-Presson
641-792-6433
johnkp@iastate.edu

Instructor: Zack Koopman

$10

 

Okoboji
Beginning
Beekeeping

Feb. 10 & 11

snow dates: Feb 24 & 25

Saturday:
9 am –
4:30  pm

Sunday:
1:30 – 5 pm

Dickinson County Nature Center
2279 170t h St
Okoboji, IA

nwiabeekeepersclubresearch@gmail.com or 507-227-5919

Instructors: Northwest Iowa Beekeepers Association

$75.00
w/manual
$50.00
w/o manual
$25.00
youth

 

Okoboji

Intro. to Beekeeping Practicum

May 6

Rain date: May 13

Sunday Afternoon

Dickinson County Nature Center
2279 170th St
Okoboji, IA

nwiabeekeepersclubresearch@gmail.com or 507-227-5919

Instructors: Northwest Iowa Beekeepers Association

$75.00
w/manual
$50.00
w/o manual
$25.00
youth

 

Okoboji Intermediate & Advanced beekeeper education

TBD

TBD

Dickinson County Nature Center
2279 170t h St
Okoboji, IA

nwiabeekeepersclubresearch@gmail.com or 507-227-5919

Instructors: Northwest Iowa Beekeepers Association

TBD

 

Oskaloosa

Beginning
Beekeeping

6:00-8 pm

Jan 19 – March 16

Friday
evenings
for 7
weeks

Iowa State University Extension Office/ Mahaska County

Tina/Jim Marshall: 641-660-0983
212 North I Street
Oskaloosa, IA

Instructors: Jim & Tina Marshall

$45

 

Ottumwa
Beginning
Beekeeping
6:00-Spm

Jan 16 –
Feb 27

Tuesday
evenings
for 7
weeks

ISU Extension Office
13011 120th
Ave Ottumwa IA 52501

Jen Daugherty: 641-682-5491

Instructor: Craig Greene

$45

 

Peosta

Beginning Beekeeping

6-9pm

Jan 25 – March 1

Thursday evening for 6 weeks

Northeast Iowa Community College
Room: CCl

NICC Continuing Education:
563-557-8271, ext. 380
8342 NICC Drive
Peosta, IA 52068
Instructors: Bill & Louise Johnson

$35

 

Polk City

Beginning
Beekeeping

9-11 am

Feb 10, 17,
& 24

Saturday
Mornings
for 4
weeks

Cherry Glen
Learning Farm
Ray & Susan
Meylor

Ray Meylor: 515-450-1207 or
Cherryglenfarmiowa@gmail.com

3989 NW 94th Ave Polk city, IA 50226

$10 a class,
includes
hands-on
instruction
& field day.
Veterans
are free

 

Sioux Center

Beginning
Beekeeping

February 1, 8, 15 & 22

Thursday
evenings

Sioux City
Woodbury
Extension

To register: 712-722-6275
duanebajema@dordt.edu

Instructor: Duane H Bajema Ph.D

$70

 

Toddville

Beginning
Beekeeping

7-9 pm

Jan. 22
Feb. 5 & 19
Mar. 5 & 19
April. 2
Aug. TBD
Aug 27

Mondays
evenings

Wickiup Hill Learning Center Linn County Conservation
10260 Morris Hill Rd

www.beeapartbeetogether.com Questions: 319 -7 21-3493 or honeybeeclasses@gmail.com

Instructors: Master Beekeepers Shane Bixby: Dist. 2 Director
Erin Miller: IHPA Vice President

See website
www.beeapartbeetogether.com

 

Toddville

Beginning
beekeeping

6-9 pm

Jan. 19
Feb. 2 & 16
Mar. 2
Aug TBD
Aug. 27

Friday
evenings

Wickiup Hill Learning Center Linn County Conservation
10260 Morris Hill Rd

www.beeapartbeetogether.com Questions: 319 -7 21-3493 or honeybeeclasses@gmail.com

Instructors: Master Beekeepers Shane Bixby: Dist. 2 Director
Erin Miller: IHPA Vice President

See website
www.beeapartbeetogether.com

 

Toddville

Advanced
Beekeeping

9 am – 3 pm

March 3 & 4

Saturday
and
Sunday

Wickiup Hill Learning Center Linn County Conservation
10260 Morris Hill Rd

www.beeapartbeetogether.com Questions: 319 -7 21-3493 or honeybeeclasses@gmail.com

Instructors: Master Beekeepers Shane Bixby: Dist. 2 Director
Erin Miller: IHPA Vice President

$75
per person

 

Toddville

Queen
Rearing Class

9-3pm

June 23 & 24

Saturday
and
Sunday

Wickiup Hill Learning Center Linn County Conservation
10260 Morris Hill Rd

www.beeapartbeetogether.com Questions: 319 -7 21-3493 or honeybeeclasses@gmail.com

Instructors: Master Beekeepers Shane Bixby: Dist. 2 Director
Erin Miller: IHPA Vice President

$75
per person

 

Washington

Beginning Beekeeping

6-8:30 pm

Feb 5-
Feb 26

Monday evenings for 4 weeks

Kirkwood Comm.
College; Washington Center

319-653-4655
111 West View Dr. Washington

Instructor:
Ron Wehr: 319-698-7542

Class -$39 /
Material-
$15

 

Waterloo

Beginning Beekeeping

6:30 - 8:30 pm

Jan 10-
April 18

Wed evenings for 8 sessions

Hawkeye Community College, main campus - Buchanan Hall, Room 108

319-296-4290
Class ID # 27607 or www.hawkeyecollege.edu  (self-register)
5330 Nordic Drive Cedar Falls

Instructor: Kenn Wandschneider

$149.00

 

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