We believe education is a path to transformation.

As individuals and communities learn about the essential role of bees in our ecosystem, they become more connected to and invested in the environment around them. In addition to hosting interactive events, citizen science programs, custom lectures, and public hive inspections, we offer a range of formal resources and opportunities to get you to your learning goal.

The Bee Conservancy’s Kids and Classroom Resources, and Beekeeping Workshops and Courses have been developed by experts to educate, inspire, and empower individuals to pursue their passion for bees and the environment.. 

Free Kids’ and Classroom Resources

A beehive is a science class in a box, offering fascinating insights into the environment, biology, ecology, and nutrition. For educators or parents looking to create buzz about bees with children, we offer two tools to inspire environmental stewardship, teach children about bees and the consequences of bee population collapse, and how to build habitat and food supplies to support bees.

Abuzz! News From the Hive

Abuzz! News from the Hive is a colorful, fun, educational magazine that teaches environmental stewardship through the lives of bees. This guide explains why bees are vital to our food supply and how kids can help to protect them. Abuzz is written and illustrated to engage and educate children in grades 2-3 and includes crafts, recipes, cartoons, puzzles and bee-focused classified ads.

The Educator’s Guide to Hosting a Beehive

Discover best practices to welcome bees to your educational center. This guide is based on years of experience managing hundreds of hives in K-12 schools, university campuses, and other institutions. Discover which bees to select, where to place them, and how to start a beekeeping program, plant bee-friendly gardens, and establish native bee homes. 

 Beekeeping Courses and Workshops

Discover the sweet world of honeybees and beekeeping at one of our expert-led classes or workshops. We offer a range of engaging opportunities, whether you’re new to the field, an experienced beekeeper, or simply curious about the lives of these prolific pollinators. 

Workshop: Introduction to Beekeeping + Honey Tasting

Duration: 4 hours

Location: NYC (additional cities are in the works!)

Join us on an extraordinary look into the fascinating world of honey bees and beekeeping. This introductory workshop will walk you through the surprising history of beekeeping, how critical bees are to our food system, colony collapse disorder, the basics of a beehive design, bee biology, and how honey bees communicate through smell, sound, and dance. You’ll get the basics on how to manage and beehive, and learn about the unique issues urban beekeepers face. The workshop concludes with a “honey flight,” during which you’ll taste several honeys from around the world.

2021 Dates We are currently evaluating dates for this in-person event to ensure safety during the COVID19 pandemic. Please check back soon for more information.

Workshop: Preventing and Managing Swarms

Duration: 4 hours

Location: NYC (additional cities are in the works!)

While swarming is a natural occurrence, it’s important for beekeepers to prevent swarms to maintain their colonies and minimize public disturbance. Learn the science and behavior that causes swarming, how to prevent it, and early warnings signs that a colony is preparing to swarm. Understand the beekeeping calendar and how, when, and why you should split a hive to prevent swarming. Unlock the role of the Queen in a swarm, hive splitting techniques, and ways to safely capture and relocate a swarm. This class is ideal for intermediate beekeepers. 

2021 Dates We are currently evaluating dates for this in-person event to ensure safety during the COVID19 pandemic. Please check back soon for more information.

Course: The Beekeeping Apprenticeship 

Duration: 15 in-person sessions, weekends March through October

Location: The Training Apiary at the Queens Zoo in Flushing Meadow Park (NYC)

This 8-month, hands-on training program arms burgeoning beekeepers with the tools, information, and training to become an ethically-minded, well-informed beekeeper. Taught by a Master Beekeeper, The Bee Conservancy’s Beekeeping Apprenticeship provides the fundamentals of bee biology and behavior and the skill of beekeeping. After completing the course and receiving your certificate, you will be equipped to care for beehives as a hobbyist, urban beekeeper, professional farmer/gardener, or a researcher.

2021 Dates We are currently evaluating dates for this in-person event to ensure safety during the COVID19 pandemic. Please check back soon for more information.

The Beekeeping Apprenticeship will teach you:

  • Honey Bee Biology And Life Cycle
  • Honey Bee Nutrition
  • Feeding Colonies
  • Hive Installation And Placement
  • Beekeeping Apparel
  • Equipment Construction and Maintenance
  • Package Installation
  • Hive Inspections
  • Record Keeping
  • Reproduction, Swarms, Splits, and Requeening
  • Interacting With Neighbors and Community
  • Native Bees
  • Diseases, Pests, and Treatments
  • Varroa Integrated Pest Management
  • Fall Feeding and Preparations
  • Honey Extraction and Tasting
  • Final Winter Preparations

 

Course: Intermediate Beekeeping

Duration: 9 in-person sessions, weekends April through October

Location: The Training Apiary at the Queens Zoo in Flushing Meadow Park (NYC)

Beekeeping is both an art and a science, and all beekeepers need to continue refining their craft and honing their skills. Dive deeper into the maintenance and care of your hive with in-depth discussion on the behavior of bees, pests, and diseases. The Intermediate Beekeeping class is open to anyone who has already completed an apprenticeship program or has been keeping honey bees for at least one year and would like to improve their skills.

 

 

 

The Intermediate Beekeeping class will teach you:

  • When, Why, and How to Feed Bees
  • How to Increase Colony Numbers
  • How to Split Colonies and Manage Colonies for Swarm Control
  • When and How to Perform Varroa Mite Count
  • Best Strategies for Mite Control
  • How to Diagnose and Treat Nosema Disease
  • Good Neighbor Best Management practices

2021 Dates We are currently evaluating dates for this in-person event to ensure safety during the COVID19 pandemic. Please check back soon for more information.