Dahlem is excited to announce that our apiaries at the

Dahlem Ecology Farm will once again be buzzing with activity!


Taught by advanced bee keepers, John & Kim Haynes and guest instructors


Local Business Partners

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This hands-on course will cover rules and regulations for:

  • Beekeeping

  • Honey Bee Biology

  • The Workings and Components of a Hive

  • Beekeeping Tools and Protective Gear

  • Obtaining Bees

  • Seasonal Hive Management

  • Bee Disease and Pest Management, and

  • Honey Extraction


Class Information

General Overview

This course introduces the biology of the honey bee, beekeeping tools and protective gear, seasonal hive management, identification of and treatment options for honey bee diseases, and honey extraction.

Classes include zoom meetings, lectures, book discussion, and hands-on field experience at on- site hives.


Select Sundays, 2 pm – 4 pm
February 2022 – September 2022 (with additional field sessions as noted)


The Dahlem Conservancy
Dahlem Ecology Farm Beeyard
1429 Wickwire Rd.
Jackson, MI


$150 per person, payable in advance


John and Kim Haynes; Phone 248-565-7266 and Various Guest Speakers.


  • You will need to purchase a 3 lb package of bees with queen from vendors such as Napoleon Bee Supply or other package vendors. We do not allow “nucs” at the Dahlem Ecology Farm Bee yard.
  • We require new woodenware (hives and frames) to avoid accidental contamination in our community apiary.
  • We have space for one hive per student in the bee yard, no exceptions.
  • You are not required to keep a hive in order to take this class. However, if you do plan to begin keeping bees this season, we strongly recommend you keep your hive in the class bee yard.

We recommend waiting until after our first class to buy your equipment. We will introduce you to local, independent vendors with multiple options for woodenware, tools, and protective gear.

The first class meeting: Review Syllabus, read Appendix A and B, sign Bee Course waiver.

Class Overview (year 2022)

  • February
    • : #1 Introduction to Beekeeping
  • March
    • MBA Bee Conference; check for other conferences
    •  #2 Equipment and ordering bees. Hive location discussion
    • #3 Bee Season Overview, Installing Bees
  • April
    • #4 Bee Anatomy and Lifecycle
    •  #5 Brood boxes, queen excluders, honey supers
  • ?? Bees arrive TBA evening installation
  • May
    • #6 Varroa Mites – Checks and Treatments
    • #7 Checking on Queen and Hive Health
  • June
    • #8 Swarming and Hive Splits
    • #9 Understanding and Managing Queens
  • July
    • #10 Hive Diseases and Pest Management Practices
    • #11 Hive Treatments and Winterization
  • August
    • #12 Prepping your hive to move and Off-Season Management
    • #13 Hive products and honey extraction
  • September
    • Evening Class: Moving hives

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