Annual favorites are DelVal's beekeeping courses. Late spring through mid-summer bring two or three different levels of courses for those looking to begin keeping or hoping to expand their apiary. Current year class dates are usually published in the early spring. Use the contact us online link on the right to let us know you are interested in the next set of classes.

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Introductory Beekeeping
Queen Rearing

Introductory Beekeeping

This weekend course is designed for hobbyists, beginning beekeepers or for experts needing a refresher. In this course you will learn about:

  • Honey bee biology and behavior
  • Building an apiary and  harvesting honey
  • Apiary equipment and supplies
  • Management practices for each season

Course #
APR 101 002

Class Meetings

  • Friday, July 11, 2014, 9a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 12, 2014, 9a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Sunday, July 13, 2014, 9a.m.-4 p.m.

Location
Delaware Valley College Main Campus

Equipment Needs

  • Bee veil
  • Three-ring loose leaf binder
  • Magnifying goggles (optional, but helpful)

Please note: Gloves are not allowed in the apiary.

Tuition
$190

Instructor
Vincent Aloyo, Ph.D, Master Beekeeper

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Queen Rearing

The benefits of raising your own queen  include: queens adapted to your environment, avoiding southern queens that may have mated with Africanized drones, and establishing your own nucs. Designed for the experienced beekeeper, this course will include the basics of:

  • Queen rearing
  • Grafting larvae
  • The Cloake board method of queen  rearing

You will have the option of taking your queen cells home.

Course #
APR 110 002

Prerequisites

Beekeeping experience

Class Meetings

  • Saturday, May 10, 2014, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 11, 2014, 1:30-5:30 p.m.
  • Monday, May 19, 2014, 6-8 p.m.

Location
Delaware Valley College, Main Campus

Equipment Needs

  • Bee veil
  • Three-ring loose leaf binder
  • Magnifying goggles are helpful if you have them.

Note: Gloves are not allowed in the apiary

Tuition
$185

Instructor
Master Beekeeper Vincent Aloyo, Ph.D.

Download the Registration Form