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Introductory Beekeeping Course

Both Dr. Guzman and Paul Kelly run the very popular Introductory Beekeeping course for both beginner and established beekeepers seeking more in-depth knowledge about bees and the beekeeping industry.

The course is usually offered the last weekend in April OR the first weekend in May. The course is held onsite at the Honey Bee Research Centre - Townsend House.

Limited to 36 participants
The registration process begins strictly at the beginning of January: If you are interested in taking the beekeeping course, please email infohbrc@uoguelph.ca within the first two weeks of January. Registration forms and course information will be distributed the last two weeks of January.

  • Combination of lectures, demonstrations, and hands-on experience with bee hives
  • Small group format
  • Topics include basic bee biology, getting started in beekeeping, equipment, site selection, colony inspections, seasonal hive management, extracting and processing honey, disease and pest control, and beekeeping regulations.
  • Instructors: Paul Kelly (Staff Apiarist), Dr. Ernesto Guzman (Apiculture Professor), and others.

Honey Bee Research Centre
School of Environmental Sciences
University of Guelph
Guelph, ON, N1G 2W1
(Tel) 519-836-8897

If you request a course registration form, please provide your email address or full postal address.

After we receive your registration and fee, an acknowledgement letter will be sent to you by email along with all relevant course information. Your payment receipt will be available at the course.

University of Guelph
Honey Bee Research Centre
308 Stone Road East
Guelph, Ontario, N1G 2W1