Below are certified courses for the Great Plains Master Beekeeping program as well as the Learning Objectives they count towards. Remember, you can take any level course; the credits simply won't count until you have fullfilled your other requirements and move to the next level. We will continue to add more courses as they become available. Remember to report your courses withing 60 days of taking it to recieve credit in the GPMB program. 

Please bring payment in the form of cash or check to the event unless otherwise specified. For event cancellation due to bad weather, we will email you 5 hours prior to the event start time. We will also post on the Facebook page @GPMBeekeeping.  Please be sure to register for the event so you can receive updates. 

People standing in beesuits listening to Judy speak

Open Apiary - Lincoln (Nebraska)

April 13th, May 11th, June 8th, July 13th, Aug 10th, Sept 14th, Oct 12th,
UNL Research Apiary: GPS: 40.828995, -96.655743
Once a month the UNL Bee Lab research colonies will be open to GPMB members for demos, Q&A and field training.
State: Nebraska | |
Bees-on-a-hive

2023 Beginning Beekeeping (Johnson County Beekeepers Association)

Part 1 March 18, 2023 Part 2: March 23rd
Part 1: First Baptist Church, Warrensburg, MO 64064 Part 2: Church of Hope, Centerview, MO 64019

2023 Beginning Beekeeping Workshop

State: Missouri | Course Standards: 1.1 | 1.2 | 1.3 | 1.4 | 1.5 | 1.6 | 1.7 | 1.8 | 1.9 | 1.10 | 1.11 | 1.12 | 1.13 | 1.14 | 1.15 | 1.16 | 1.17 | 1.18 | 1.19 | 1.20 |
heroestohives

Heroes to Hives

Mar-Nov
Online
Heroes to Hives is a unique program that seeks to address financial and personal wellness of veterans through FREE professional training and community development centered around beekeeping.
State: Iowa | Michigan | Minnesota | Kansas | Missouri | Nebraska | Wyoming | Course Standards: 1.1 | 1.2 | 1.3 | 1.4 | 1.5 | 1.6 | 1.7 | 1.8 | 1.9 | 1.10 | 1.11 | 1.12 | 1.13 | 1.14 | 1.15 | 1.16 | 1.17 | 1.18 | 1.19 | 1.20 | 2.2 | 2.9 | 2.14 | 2.15 | 2.23 | 2.24 | 3.1 | 3.7 |
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Omaha Bee Club - 2023 Monthly Meetings

February 19th, March 19th, April 16th, May 21st, June 11th, July 16th, August 20th, September 17th, October 14th, November 19th, December 17th
Douglas and Sarpy County Extension Building 8015 West Center Road Omaha, NE, 68124 United States

February 19th:

Annual Bee and Equipment Sales

Mike Palmer Zoom presentation on "Brood Factories"

March 19th:

State: Nebraska | |

Wyoming Bee College 2023

March 24th - March 25th 2022
Pathfinder Building. Cheyenne, Wyoming.

The Wyoming Bee College Conference will be returning to Cheyenne March 24-25, 2023! The Minnesota Bee Squad will be teaching an all-day in-depth class on Friday, March 24 and a couple of classes on Saturday, March 25. Saturday will have an all-day Beginner Basic Beekeeping class along with Beekeeping 101. Also included will be several advanced topics along with Bee Nutrition, Queen Bees, Swarm Management, and much more. For more information visit: wyomingbeecollege.org

State: Wyoming | |
Open Apiary Training

Open Apiary (Spring Hill, KS)

March 23, April 13, April 27, May 25, June 22, July 27, August 24, and Sept. 28
19201 S. Clare Rd. Spring Hill KS 66083

Open Apiary times are an informal unstructured gathering of members of the Great Plains Master Beekeeping program. There will be brief demonstrations, questions and answers, and time to get hands on experience with beehives. Open Apiary will count as 2 hours of field training towards your progress through the Great Plains Master Beekeeping program. 

Beekeepers: Joli Winer & Cecil Sweeney

State: Kansas | |
People checking Beehive

Open Apiary (Larned, KS)

TBD
Larned, KS

Open Apiary times are an informal unstructured gathering of members of the Great Plains Master Beekeeping program. There will be brief demonstrations, questions and answers, and time to get hands on experience with beehives. Open Apiary will count as 2 hours of field training towards your progress through the Great Plains Master Beekeeping program. 

State: Kansas | |
Open Apiary Training

Open Apiary (Meriden, KS)

March 19, April 23, May 21, June 18, July 16, Aug 20, Sept 17
9491 X Road, Meriden, KS 66512

Open Apiary times are an informal unstructured gathering of members of the Great Plains Master Beekeeping program. There will be brief demonstrations, questions and answers, and time to get hands on experience with beehives. Open Apiary will count as 2 hours of field training towards your progress through the Great Plains Master Beekeeping program. 

Beekeepers: Steve Tipton and Becky Tipton

Contact: bstbees@embarqmail.com

State: Kansas | |
Open Apiary Training

Open Apiary (Sunset Zoo, Manhattan, KS )

June 11, Aug 13, Oct 10
2333 Oak St. Manhattan KS 66502

Open Apiary times are an informal unstructured gathering of members of the Great Plains Master Beekeeping program. There will be brief demonstrations, questions and answers, and time to get hands on experience with beehives. Open Apiary will count as 2 hours of field training towards your progress through the Great Plains Master Beekeeping program. 

Beekeeper: Nikki Bowman

State: Kansas | |
Open Apiary Training

Open Apiary (Iowa State University)

6/1, 7/6, 8/3, 9/7, 10/5
Horticulture Research Station 55519 170th Street Ames, IA 50010

Open Apiary times are an informal unstructured gathering of members of the Great Plains Master Beekeeping program. There will be brief demonstrations, questions and answers, and time to get hands on experience with beehives. Open Apiary will count as 2 hours of field training towards your progress through the Great Plains Master Beekeeping program. 

State: Iowa | |
Bee Club

Open Apiary (Rolla MO)

3/26, 4/23, 5/21, 6/25, 7/23, 8/27, 9/24, 10/22
Doolittle Gardens 476 Eisenhower St. Doolittle MO 65550

The apiary is located on nearby private property at Doolittle Gardens, 476 Eisenhower accessible only during our scheduling teaching apiary hours. 

Working at the apiary and attending sessions counts as field hours for Great Plains Master Beekeeping.
Any questions, contact 5734663750 or rollabees@gmail.com

State: Missouri | |

Rolla Bee Club Beginning Beekeeping Course (02/25/2023)

Saturday, February 25, 2023
Doolittle Community Hall. 380 Eisenhower, Rolla, Mo.

​First to pay will get seats.
$85 per person; $150 per couple.
includes class materials, lunch and refreshments.

​8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Rolla Bee Club Classes will be held at Doolittle Community Hall, 380 Eisenhower, Rolla, Mo.

Minimum class attendance age 15 years.

State: Missouri | Course Standards: 1.1 | 1.2 | 1.3 | 1.4 | 1.5 | 1.6 | 1.7 | 1.8 | 1.9 | 1.10 | 1.11 | 1.12 | 1.13 | 1.14 | 1.15 | 1.16 | 1.17 | 1.18 | 1.19 | 1.20 |

Rolla Bee Club Second Year Beekeeping Course

March 25 2023
Doolittle Community Hall. 380 Eisenhower, Rolla, Mo.

Second Year Beekeeping (for beekeepers who have successfully helped bees through one winter together)

Saturday, March 25, 2023

First to pay will get seats.
$85 per person; $150 per couple.
includes class materials, lunch and refreshments.

​8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

State: Missouri | Course Standards: 1.5 | 1.12 | 1.16 | 1.18 | 2.1 | 2.14 | 2.15 | 2.16 | 2.19 | 2.21 | 2.22 | 2.24 |
HapBee Hour Online Training & Discussion Form flyer. Every second Friday of the Month from 5:30 to 6:30 PM CST. Meeting ID: 979 0646 4818 Passcode: Bees123

Hap-Bee Hour: GPMB monthly webinar series

January 13, February 10, March 10, April 14, May 12, June 9, July 14, August 11, September 8, October 13, November 10, December 8
Zoom

Great Plains Master Beekeeping Program is excited to host our Monthly Hap-Bee Hour Online Discussion Forum and Gathering. 

We have a variety of speakers that discuss topics related to seasonal beekeeping concerns. 

Zoom Link: https://unl.zoom.us/j/97906464818?pwd=QVlTT0hBdVo0TytFZGIyK1Zic2FMQT09

Meeting ID: 979 0646 4818

Passcode: Bees123

State: Indiana | Iowa | Michigan | Minnesota | Kansas | Missouri | Nebraska | Wyoming | |

UNL Level 1 Beekeeping Workshop Lecture & Field Day 2023

(Part 1 Lecture) February 25th, 2023; (Part 2 Field Day) Saturday April 15th
(Lecture) Classroom at Schramm Education Center, Gretna, NE; (Field Day) UNL Apiary, Lincoln, NE, GPS: 40.828970, -96.655257

Registration Closed

This is an introductory level course that focuses on everything you need to start beekeeping, including topics on beekeeping equipment, protective gear, honey bee biology, stressors, and management basics. Part I of the course includes lectures by several speakers. Part II of the course is a field day that gets you in the hives and takes the lessons from Part I into practice. Learn how to setup the equipment, install and handle bees safely, and perform hive inspections.

State: Nebraska | Course Standards: 1.1 | 1.2 | 1.3 | 1.4 | 1.5 | 1.6 | 1.7 | 1.8 | 1.9 | 1.10 | 1.11 | 1.12 | 1.13 | 1.14 | 1.15 | 1.16 | 1.17 | 1.18 | 1.19 | 1.20 |
beekeeper students looking at a beehive frame

UNL Level 2 Beekeeping Workshop: Troubleshooting Deadouts (Lincoln)

Saturday, March 11, 2023
Room 202. Entomology Hall 1700 E Campus Mall, Lincoln

UNL Level 2 Beekeeping Workshop: Troubleshooting Deadouts short course. This workshop is about understanding hive losses. This course is meant for beekeepers with at least one year of experience. This workshop will go over how to determine what caused a beehive to die. We will look at factors and signs of starvation, varroa mites and not having enough bees to thermoregulate the hive and other causes of hive loss.

Saturday, March 11th, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Room 202. Entomology Hall 1700 E Campus Mall, Lincoln;

State: Nebraska | |

UNL Level 2 Beekeeping Workshop: Troubleshooting Deadouts (Kimmel Orchard)

Saturday, April 1, 2023
Kimmel Orchard; 5995 G Road, Nebraska City, NE.

UNL Level 2 Beekeeping Workshop: Troubleshooting Deadouts short course. This workshop is about understanding hive losses. This course is meant for beekeepers with at least one year of experience. This workshop will go over how to determine what caused a beehive to die. We will look at factors and signs of starvation, varroa mites and not having enough bees to thermoregulate the hive and other causes of hive loss.

Saturday, April 1st, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Kimmel Orchard, 5995 G Road, Nebraska City, NE

State: Nebraska | |

UNL Level 2 Beekeeping Workshop: Troubleshooting Deadouts (North Platte)

Saturday, April 29, 2023
(WCREC Snyder Addition Classroom) West Central Campus, 402 W State Farm Rd., North Platte, NE

Level 2 Beekeeping Workshop: Troubleshooting Deadouts short course. This workshop is about understanding hive losses. This course is meant for beekeepers with at least one year of experience. This workshop will go over how to determine what caused a beehive to die. We will look at factors and signs of starvation, varroa mites and not having enough bees to thermoregulate the hive and other causes of hive loss.

State: Nebraska | |

Open Apiary - Wyoming (Etna)

1/21, 2/18, 3/18, 5/20, 7/15, 8/19, 9/16, 10/21, 12/16
Nordic Ranches Apiary

Open Apiary times are an informal, unstructured gathering of members of the Great Plains Master Beekeeping program. There will be brief demonstrations, questions and answers, and time to get hands-on experience with beehives. Open Apiary will count as 2 hours of field training toward your progress through the Great Plains Master Beekeeping program. 

State: Wyoming | |

Open Apiary - Wyoming (Wilson)

1/21, 2/18, 3/18, 4/22, 6/17, 8/19, 9/16
TETON COUNTY RAPTOR CENTER 5450 WY-22 WILSON, WY 83014

Open Apiary times are an informal, unstructured gathering of members of the Great Plains Master Beekeeping program. There will be brief demonstrations, questions and answers, and time to get hands-on experience with beehives. Open Apiary will count as 2 hours of field training toward your progress through the Great Plains Master Beekeeping program. 

All Open Apiary events occur on the third Saturday of the month. Winter Open Apiary events are either virtual or in-person, but do not include live bees.

State: Wyoming | |

NE Beekeeping Association Open Apiaries (Aurora, NE)

4/16, 5/28, 6/25, 7/23, 8/20, 9/24, 10/22
1101 S M Rd, Aurora, NE. 68818.

Open Apiary times are an informal unstructured gathering of members of the Great Plains Master Beekeeping program. There will be brief demonstrations, questions and answers, and time to get hands on experience with beehives. Open Apiary will count as 3 hours of field training toward your progress through the Great Plains Master Beekeeping program. 

State: Nebraska | |

Open Apiary - St. Louis, MO.

2/19, 3/26, 4/16, 5/21, 6/11, 7/16, 8/20, 9/17, 10/15, 11/5
Isabee's Bee Yard: 765 Gravois Rd Fenton, Mo. 63026

Open Apiary times are an informal, unstructured gathering of members of the Great Plains Master Beekeeping program. There will be brief demonstrations, questions and answers, and time to get hands-on experience with beehives. Open Apiary will count as 2 hours of field training toward your progress through the Great Plains Master Beekeeping program.

State: Missouri | |
Northeastern Kansas Beekeepers Association logo

2023 Year 2 & Beyond (NKBA)

Saturday. February 25, 2023
Douglas County Fairgrounds, 2110 Harper St, Lawrence, KS 66046, United States

YEAR 2 AND BEYOND - Saturday, February 25th, 2023: This class will focus on topics including requeening hives, making splits, products of the hive, and integrated pest management. Lunch and snacks will be provided at breaks. More information will be available soon

State: Kansas | |
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Open Apiary (Columbus, KS)

March 4, April 15, May 6, June 10, August 12, September 23
124 W. County Road, Columbus, KS

Open Apiary times are an informal unstructured gathering of members of the Great Plains Master Beekeeping program. There will be brief demonstrations, questions and answers, and time to get hands on experience with beehives. Open Apiary will count as 2 hours of field training towards your progress through the Great Plains Master Beekeeping program. 

Beekeeper: Melissa Karsten

Contact: CCABclub@gmail.com

State: Kansas | |
MI Queen Rearing

Queen rearing workshop in Lansing, MI - Pollinators & Pollination

June 17, 2023
MSU Pollinator Performance Center, 4090 College Rd, Lansing, MI 48910
oin Michigan State University beekeeping instructors, Dr. Zachary Huang and Dr. Meghan Milbrath, for a queen rearing workshop. The hands-on session will cover grafting, starter colonies, finishing colonies, and more! Registration Deadline: June 11, 2023 - 11:30AM
State: Michigan | Course Standards: 3.19 |
Rearing Queens

Queen Rearing Workshop in Lansing, MI

June 17, 2023
MSU Pollinator Performance Center, 4090 College Rd, Lansing, MI 48910

Join Michigan State University beekeeping instructors, Dr.Zachary Huang and Dr. Meghan Milbrath, for a queen rearing workshop. The hands-on session will cover grafting, starter colonies, finishing colonies, and more!

State: Michigan | |
Bee with varroa mite

Taking Varroa Seriously at Middle of the Mitten Beekeepers Association's Meeting

May 25, 2023
Forest Hill Nature Area, 11297 N Rich Rd, Alma, MI 48801

Join Middle of the Mitten Beekeepers Association's July meeting for a presentation on Taking Varroa Seriously by Ana Heck. We will cover about recent research on varroa mites, share new perspectives of effective mite management, and look at varroa data from Michigan State University colonies around the state.

State: Michigan | |
Bee on flower

Master Pollinator Steward Program

Thursdays: April 6th, April 13th, April 20th, April 27th, May 4th, May 11th
Online via zoom with in-person field sessions. See the links in the description for a location near you.

Pollinators such as bees, birds, butterflies, bats and insects play a crucial role in the production of most fruits and vegetables. They also support healthy ecosystems that clean the air, stabilize soils and support wildlife. Studies show that pollinator populations are in decline because of a loss of feeding and nesting habitats, pollution and the misuse of pesticides. In this 6-week course, learn how to protect our agricultural economy and food supply with the Master Pollinator Steward program.

State: Missouri | Course Standards: 1.1 | 1.2 | 1.3 | 1.5 | 1.10 | 1.11 | 3.6 | 3.14 |
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May 9th 2023 Beekeeping Workshop in Lansing, MI

May 9, 2023
MSU Pollinator Performance Center, 4090 College Rd, Lansing, MI 48910

Contact: Ana Heck

Join Michigan State University for an in-hive beekeeping workshop. The hands-on session will cover hive handling, how to inspect a colony for signs of disease or stress, and how to monitor and manage varroa mites.

State: Michigan | |
People looking into Beehive

June 6th 2023 Beekeeping Workshop in Lansing, MI

June 6th 2023
MSU Pollinator Performance Center, 4090 College Rd, Lansing, MI 48910

Join Michigan State University for an in-hive beekeeping workshop. The hands-on session will cover hive handling, how to inspect a colony for signs of disease or stress, and how to monitor and manage varroa mites.

Members of Great Plains Master Beekeeping can count this workshop toward field training hours. Current and past students in the Heroes to Hives program are welcome to register.

State: Michigan | |
People inspecting hive

July 11th, 2023 Beekeeping Workshop in Lansing, MI

July 11, 2023
MSU Pollinator Performance Center, 4090 College Rd, Lansing, MI 48910

Join Michigan State University for an in-hive beekeeping workshop. The hands-on session will cover hive handling, how to inspect a colony for signs of disease or stress, and how to monitor and manage varroa mites.

Members of Great Plains Master Beekeeping can count this workshop toward field training hours. Current and past students in the Heroes to Hives program are welcome to register.

State: Michigan | |
Beekeepers inspecting hive

July 19th, 2023 Beekeeping Workshop in Novi, MI

July 19th, 2023
MSU Tollgate Farm & Education Center, 28115 Meadowbrook Rd, Novi, MI 48377

Join Michigan State University for an in-hive beekeeping workshop. The hands-on session will cover hive handling, how to inspect a colony for signs of disease or stress, and how to monitor and manage varroa mites.

Members of Great Plains Master Beekeeping can count this workshop toward field training hours. Current and past students in the Heroes to Hives program are welcome to register.

State: Michigan | |