Designed to build basic beekeeping skills, topics covered during the five-week course include bee biology, equipment, seasonal management requirements, identification and management of pests, as well as honey removal and processing. Overall focus will home in on the unique challenges and benefits to beekeeping in the Pacific Northwest.
A workshop manual complements the lectures. Participants completing the course and passing the Washington State Apprentice Beekeeper level exam (open book test) receive a certificate towards the Journey and Master Beekeeper levels.
Instructor Dave Pehling, WSU Snohomish County Extension zoologist, has been studying and teaching about insects since 1978. He is a Journeyman Beekeeper through the Washington State Beekeepers Association. Special interests include insect pest management, arthropod parasites (especially mosquitoes), and pollinators, especially honey bees. In addition to his entomological work, Dave teaches vertebrate pest management for the WSU Extension Master Gardener and Livestock Adviser programs.
Class size is limited and usually sells out quickly. Cost for the five-week course is $100 per person. For more information, visit snohomish.wsu.edu/agriculture/masterbeekeeper