Check back in January for 2024 Courses, Workshops, and Open Apiaries! Happy Holidays, Everyone.

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 11th, May 9th, June 13th, July 11th, Aug 8th, Sept 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 |
2 people pulling out a deep hive frame out of a beehive

Open Apiary - Iowa

May 13, May 27, June 10, June 24, July 8, July 22, August 26
Honey Hallow Apiary & Gardens, LLC. 13778 Summerset Rd, Indianola, IA.
Open Apiary times are an informal semi-structured 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 an hour of field training towards your progress through the Great Plains Master Beekeeping program.
State: Iowa | |
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 |
Omaha Bee Club Logo

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 | |

Bees and Brews

March 13
Clint Johannes Education Building. 1655 County Road 16. East side of Lake Wanahoo. Near Wahoo, NE.

Join us to learn about hive overwintering, troubleshooting winter losses, and review important details about spring management at the Clint Johannes Education Building. We will also be enjoying beer tasting with Kros-Strain Brewing Company. All ages are welcome for the presentations but ID's will be checked prior to beer tasting. 

Clint Johannes Education Building

1655 County Road 16

State: Nebraska | |
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 | |
Open Apiary Training

Open Apiary (Meriden, KS)

Please See Course Description
Meriden, 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. 

Apiary Manager: Steve Tipton and Becky Tipton

State: Kansas | |
The Save Farm

Open Apiary - Riley, KS (SAVE Farm)

Please See Course Description
Riley, KS

All participants must be a member of either: Saint Louis Beekeepers, EMBA, or Great Plains Master Beekeepers program
Anyone participating in the hive inspections will need to have their own protective gear and sign a release form before entering the bee yard.

State: Kansas | |
HMPB annual meeting

Open Apiary- High Mountain Pollinators and Bees

July 23rd, Nov 12th
Alpine, WY

Beekeeper Contact: Beth Missel

lizabetty@gmail.com 

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: Wyoming | |
Open Apiary Training

Open Apiary (Iowa State University)

June 1, July 6, August 3, September 7, October 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)

See Description for Open Apiary Dates

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

Open Apiary Dates:

3-24-2024

4-28-2024

5-26-2024

6-23-2024

7-28-2024

8-25-2024

9-22-2024

10-27-2024

11-24-2024

December meeting TBD

State: Missouri | |
Members of Rolla Bee Club sitting during a workshop

Rolla Bee Club 2024 Classes

January 27, February 24, March 23
Doolittle Community Hall. 380 Eisenhower, Rolla, Mo.

Rolla Bee Club 2024 classes: 

January 27, 2024 and February 24, 2024, Beginning Beekeeping.

Deadline to register for January 27, 2024 is January 13.

Deadline to register for February 24, 2024 is February  10.

Second Year Beekeeping Class March 23, 2024. Deadline to register is March 10, 2024.

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 | 2.1 | 2.14 | 2.15 | 2.16 | 2.19 | 2.21 | 2.22 | 2.24 |

Hap-Bee Hour: GPMB monthly webinar series

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

Register in advance for this meeting. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

State: Indiana | Iowa | Michigan | Minnesota | Oklahoma | Kansas | Missouri | Nebraska | Wyoming | |
Year 2 Beekeeping Course: Troubleshooting Hive health issues at North Platte

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

Saturday - May 4
NE Extension (West Central Research, Extension, & Education Center) West Central Campus, 402 W State Farm Rd., North Platte, NE.
The “Troubleshooting Hive Health Issues” workshop is about understanding the many pests, diseases, and management issues that negatively impact colony growth and productivity. This course is meant for beekeepers with at least one year of experience. This workshop will go over how to diagnose and determine what is causing colonies to decline. We will look at factors, symptoms, and signs of varroa mites, brood diseases, queen issues, poor nutrition, 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, 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 | |
Beekeepers inspecting a frame of bees

Open Apiary - St. Louis, MO.

March 24, April 28, May 19, June 2, July 14, August 18, September 22, October 27
Isabee's Bee Yard: 765 Gravois Rd Fenton, Mo. 63026

All participants must be a member of either: Saint Louis Beekeepers, EMBA, or Great Plains Master Beekeepers program
Anyone participating in the hive inspections will need to have their own protective gear and sign a release form before entering the bee yard.

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 | |
Inspecting Beehive

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 |
People looking into beehive

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 | |
Man holding frame of bees

Bee Wise Farms - Newberry, MI

See Description for Open Apiary Dates
Newberry, MI

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. Each session will consist of conducting hive inspections and making seasonal management decisions. Registration is not required. 

Open Apiary Dates:

Date: 5-25-2024

Time: 2:00-4:00 PM

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Date: 6-22-2024

State: Michigan | |
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NEKBA Funday 2023

June 3rd, 2023
Douglas County Fairgrounds 2120 Harper Street, Lawrence, KS

Funday is a day long, fun learning opportunity for beekeepers of all skill levels. Bring a veil or a bee suit for hands on experience at our apiary. There will be guest speakers, demonstrations, vendors, silent auction, prize drawings and a swarm demonstration. Registration fee includes access to all presentations, lunch, and homemade honey ice cream. 

Hotel Information 

Ask for special Beekeeping FunDay rates! 

Country Inn and Suites

2776 E 23rd

Lawrence, KS 66046

State: Kansas | |
Inspection

Open Apiary (Chillicothe, MO)

May 20th, June 5th, July 29th, Sept. 11th
Crooked Hill Beekeeping 19133 LIV 355 Chillicothe, MO 64601

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: Bill & Tammy George 

Contact: 

(660) 214-0132

State: Missouri | |

Mitchell, NE - Open Apiary

4/29, 6/10
90220 CR 17 Mitchell, NE.

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: Nebraska | |

Scottsbluff, NE - Open Apiary

8/12
90252 CR 19 Scottsbluff, NE.

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. 

August 12th 9-11am: we will inspect hives, talk honey harvest, possibly take some frames off, look at equipment for harvest and talk winter prep.

State: Nebraska | |
Year 1 Beekeeping Course with Kimmel Orchard graphic

Level 1 Beekeeping Course | Kimmel Orchard

Saturday, April 13. & Monday, April 15.
Kimmel Orchard; 5995 G Road, Nebraska City, NE.
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.
State: Nebraska | |
Beekeepers receive instructions at the open apiary location

Open Apiary - Kimmel Orchard

2024 Dates: April 23rd, May 21st, June 25th, July 23rd
Kimmel Orchard; 5995 G Road, Nebraska City, NE.

Description:

Open Apiary times are an informal semi-structured gathering of members of the Great Plains Master Beekeeping program at the UNL Bee Lab teaching apiary at Kimmel Orchard.

There will be brief demonstrations, questions and answers, and time to get hands on experience with beehives.

State: Nebraska | |
Beekeepers Inspecting Hive

Open Apiary - Lawrence, KS ( Pendelton’s Country Market )

See Description for Open Apiary Dates
Pendelton’s Country Market, 1446 E 1850 Rd., Lawrence, 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 field training towards your progress through the Great Plains Master Beekeeping program. Sign up at https://www.signupgenius.com/ for these events. 

Beekeeper Contact: Kristi Sanderson

State: Kansas | |

Open Apiary - Omaha

Saturday, April 13, 2024; Saturday, April 27, 2024
Bohemia Cemetery. 5201 Center St. Omaha, NE. 68106.

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. 

Open Apiary Calendar:

Date: 4-13-2024

State: Nebraska | |
Beekeepers looking into a hive full of bees

Open Apiary - Slaughterville, Oklahoma

March 16, April 20, May 18, June 15, July 20, August 17, September 21, October 19, November 16
Easom Farms. 8700 Banner Rd. Slaughterville, Oklahoma.

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.

405-830-0151
TruBeeRemoval.com
FaceBook Page: TruAnThoPhila-Bees
BeeKeeping Syllabus:

March: 16th 10am-5pm

State: Oklahoma | |
Beekeeper looking at hive with beeswax on the top

Beekeepers Association of the Ozarks - Springfield, MO

First Sunday of each Month 1:00pm-3:00pm
Springfield, MO

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.

Apiary Manager: Jeff Maddox

Please contact Jeff at Jeff@417Bees.com or call 317-698-8088 to register.

State: Missouri | |
UNL Beginning Beekeeping Course Graphic

UNL Level 1 Beekeeping Workshop Lecture & Field Day 2024

(Part 1 Lecture) Sunday March 17th, 2024; (Part 2 Field Day) Saturday April 6th
(Lecture) Classroom at Schramm Education Center, Gretna, NE; (Field Day) UNL Apiary, Lincoln, NE, GPS: 40.828970, -96.655257
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, hands-on activities, and demos 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 set up 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 |
GPMB

Cahoj Apiary - Atwood, KS

Please See Course Description
Atwood, KS

Description

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: Kansas | |

GPMB/KHPA Apiary - Rawlins Co., KS

See Description for Open Apiary Dates
See Description for Open Apiary Location

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 Dates:

Date: 4-28-2024

Time: 2:00-4:00 PM

Topic: Package installation

Location: SAVE Farm: 9680 N 52nd St, Riley, KS

State: Kansas | |

Open Apiary - Charlotte, MI

See Description for Open Apiary Dates
Maple City VFW Post 2406, Charlotte, MI

Open Apiary times are an informal, unstructured gathering of members of the Great Plains Master Beekeeping program and members of the Heroes to Hives program. There will be brief demonstrations, questions and answers, and time to get hands-on experience with beehives.

To register for classes please send an email to: garybrownsr@outlook.com.

State: Michigan | |