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Prominent Honey Bee Scientists and Beekeeping Experts to Present Courses for Beginners and Experienced Beekeepers

Are you interested in beekeeping? Do you have bees already? The Eastern Missouri Beekeepers Association (EMBA) offers a state-of-the-art annual beekeeping workshop, with sessions for both beginners and experienced beekeepers.

10th Annual Beekeeping Workshop
Saturday, February 11, 2017
Maritz in Fenton, Missouri

Directions to the Workshop
Space is limited and will be filled on a first-come-first-served basis.

Leading beekeeping educators, and honey bee health specialists at the University of Minnesota Bee Lab, and the Honey Bee Research Centre at the University of Guelph will be among the visiting faculty leading the workshop. Instructors will include Dr. Becky Masterman, Minnesota Bee Lab Team Leader, Jessica Helgen, Minnesota Bee Lab Bee Squad Instructor, Paul Kelly, Guelph Honey Bee Research Centre, Research and Apiary Manager, and Daniel Thurston, Research Technician, Ontario Beekeepers’ Association, Technology Transfer Program.


The Beginners Beekeeping course is intended for novice beekeepers or people with no prior beekeeping experience. The class will cover all aspects of basic beekeeping to prepare students to start beekeeping in 2016. Beginners will learn the nuts and bolts of beekeeping, including:

  • honeybee biology;
  • beekeeping equipment;
  • performing hive inspections;
  • how to order equipment and bee packages; and
  • what to expect in the first year of beekeeping.

Beginners will leave the workshop with everything they need to know to get started with new hives this spring. In addition, EMBA coordinates seasonal workshops and field days lead by experienced members to help at every major turning point in the first year of beekeeping. Beginners are also supported throughout the year at monthly club meetings that feature “A Month In Beekeeping” presentation, Q&A, time for networking, and presentations by expert speakers and experienced club members. (For a complete list of workshops and field days throughout the season, click here.)

Experienced beekeepers’ course will be tailored towards intermediate and expert level beekeepers and will place special emphasis on colony health and behavior.

EMBA supports beginner beekeepers with a broad program of cooperative procurement and educational and social events including coop purchasing of complete beginners’ hive and equipment kits, nucleus colonies, and queens for delivery in the spring, and open hive instructional workshops during the season at the Club’s teaching apiary in Creve Coeur, Missouri.


Scroll to bottom to register for workshop and/or banquet.

$85 through January 22, 2017
$95 January 23rd – February 5th
Lunch and refreshments are included in the cost. Registration packets include course materials, an authoritative reference book, beekeeping periodicals, and equipment catalogs.

Don’t miss the Banquet!

Beekeeper’s Mardi Gras Banquet

Friday, February 10th
@ Maritz Missouri Room
6:00p.m. – 9:00p.m.
By attending the Mardi Gras Beekeeping Banquet on Friday night before the seminar.  Beginners and Experienced beekeepers join together to talk about bees and beekeeping.  There will be an after dinner presentation by one of our workshop speakers. NewBees can use this evening to meet beekeepers and get their questions answered on a one on one basis.  We hope all our workshop attendees will join us for this wonderful start to a great weekend, Everyone is welcome at the banquet.  You do not have to attend the workshop to come to the banquet.  Many spouses enjoy the banquet but do not attend the workshop.  The banquet cost is $30.00 per person.

 Workshop or Banquet Registration Click Here



Questions? Email info@easternmobeekeepers.com or call 314-669-1828.