Annual favorites are DelVal's beekeeping courses. Late spring through mid-summer bring two or three different levels of courses for those looking to begin keeping or hoping to expand their apiary.

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Bee sure to check out Vincent Aloyo, Ph.D.’s video lecture on The Importance of Honey Bees as well to learn more about these fascinating insects! 

Introductory Beekeeping

This weekend course is designed for hobbyists, beginning beekeepers or for experts needing a refresher. In this course you will learn about:

  • Honey bee biology and behavior
  • Building an apiary and harvesting honey
  • Apiary equipment and supplies
  • Management practices for each season

Equipment Needs: Participants should bring a bee veil and a three-ring loose-leaf binder. Please note that gloves are not allowed in the apiary.

Cost: $292

Instructor: Vincent Aloyo, Ph.D, Master Beekeeper

  • Saturday, July 15, 2023, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

  • Sunday, July 16, 2023, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

  • Saturday, July 22, 2023, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

  • Sunday, July 23, 2023, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. 

  • Location TBA in follow-up email to registrants.


Queen Rearing

The benefits of raising your own queen include: queens adapted to your environment, avoiding southern queens that may have mated with Africanized drones, and establishing your own nucleus colonies. Designed for the experienced beekeeper, this course will include the basics of:

  • Queen rearing
  • Grafting larvae
  • The Mike Palmer method of queen rearing
  • You will have the option of taking your queen cells home.

Prerequisites: Attendees must have some beekeeping experience

Equipment Needs:

  • Bee veil
  • Magnifying goggles are helpful if you have them.

Note: Gloves are not allowed in the apiary

Cost: $219

Instructor: Vincent Aloyo, Ph.D., Master Beekeeper

  • Saturday, May 13, 2023, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 14, 2023, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Queen Cell Pickup: Monday, May 22, 4 - 6 p.m. (Location TBA in follow-up email to registrants)
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