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     

Class dates:  Twelve (12) classroom and apiary sessions being held on Sundays, beginning March 8th – September 27 with two (2) additional evening classes for installing bees and relocating hives out of the bee yard

Instruction times: 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm unless noted otherwise

Class location:  Dahlem Environmental Education Center  7117 S Jackson Road, Jackson, MI  49201

Apiary Location: Dahlem Ecology Farm 1427 Wickwire Rd, Jackson, MI 49201


Tuition: $150 per person payable in advance

Class BookFirst Lessons in Beekeeping by Keith Delaplane

Bees, Equipment and Hive purchases: Participant is required to purchase bees, equipment* and hives*

Three possible hands-on arrangements:

  1. You have your student hive in the Dahlem bee yard;
  2. You have your student hive at your location;
  3. You do not have a hive but will observe the hives in the Dahlem bee yard (you will still need your own protective clothing).

Information on purchasing bee, hive equipment and protective clothing will be provided in the first class.  For budgeting purposes be aware that (unless you build your own hive bodies), hive kits and protective clothing estimated costs are between $200-$370 and a package of bee is around $125-140. *Uncontaminated equipment only in the shared bee yard


**Registration is Limited to 20 Students**


All class materials (syllabus, schedule) will be provided on the first day of class

If you would like to download a copy of the schedule and syllabus, please use the links below:


Abbreviated Class Syllabus

2020 Class Schedule


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  • In case of emergency, please designate an individual Dahlem may contact

  • Will you be purchasing your own hive and bees or do you plan on using Dahlem's learning hives?


  • Price: $150.00
  • I understand that by submitting this form I am agreeing to participate in a 12 session course on introductory beekeeping. I also understand that I cannot begin the course until I sign a waiver (provided on the first day of class) releasing Dahlem and it's affiliates of any risks or injuries inherent in beekeeping.
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