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Introductory Beekeeping Course

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

The course is held onsite at the Honey Bee Research Centre on the last weekend in April (April 27/28 2019) and again on the first weekend of May (May 4/5 2019). The cost is $300 plus HST.

The inital stage of the registration process for 2019 is now closed. Registration forms will be emailed to those on the contact list early in the week of January 21, 2019. The next registration process begins strictly at the beginning of January 2020. Please email infohbrc@uoguelph.ca  within the first 10 days of January 2020. The email contact list is compiled during this time. Due to high volume, we are unable to respond to each email. The order that this initial information is received is not time sensitive. Registration forms and course information will be distributed by email early in the week of January 13, 2020. You will need to watch for this email. After the registration forms are sent, the course enrollment list is compiled in the order the completed e-form is received. Please respond promptly for your best chance of registering. You increase your chance of obtaining a seat in the course by being available for either date. However, once you are assigned to the April or May course we are unable to change your course weekend.

  • 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 other HBRC staff members.

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

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