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Beginning Beekeeping Series 2022 Registration
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Beginning Beekeeping Series 2022
Registration Begins
12/20/2021 10:00 AM
Last Day To Register
2/2/2022 4:00 PM
Cedar Rapids, IA 52403, US
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Beginning Beekeeping Series 2022

Cost: M $125; NM $150

About The Class:

This series is designed for individuals serious about hobby beekeeping. The series takes participants through the annual cycle of beekeeping from establishing a hive to harvesting. Regular class attendance, a commitment to recommended reading, participation in Field Day and Maintenance Days, and regular hive inspections are essential for successful beekeeping. 

Participants will attend lectures as a large group in person in the Auditorium at Amazing Space. A Zoom option is available in the event that the class needs to be moved online or if individual circumstances warrant it. In addition to lectures, participants will be guided in hands-on field days in the educational apiary at Etzel Sugar Grove Farm, located between Alburnett and Marion. Small groups will be formed to offer more one-on-one time with instructors. Each participant will also be assigned to a mentor teacher, who can provide one-on-one support throughout the season.



Completion of this class allows for complimentary use of the Nature Center’s Sugar House for extraction from August 6 to September 30, 2022. 

New in 2022 beekeeping instructor Julie Rice will offer maintenance days at the apiary. Maintenance days are held on a regular basis and allow students to participate in the regular maintenance and upkeep of the overall apiary, as well as informal Q&A time. Click here to view and sign up for volunteer maintenance day shifts.

Recommended Materials

1. Simple, Smart Beekeeping by Kirsten Shoshanna Traynor and Michael Joseph Traynor

2. Varroa Easy Check tool

3. Personal protective equipment: a jacket or suit with a veil, hive tool or j-tool, gloves (do not have to be beekeeping gloves)


Important Class Dates

Lecture Sessions
Amazing Space Auditorium (5300 Otis Rd SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52403)
Dates: February 4th, March 4th, April 1st, July 15th, September 16th
Time: 6-7:30PM

Field Day Sessions
Location: Differs based on date (see below)
Dates: APROX. April 20th (time TBD; ESGF*), May 14th (ESGF*), June 4th (ESGF*), and August 6th (Sugar House**)
Time: 9am-12pm

*Etzel Sugar Grove Farm: 3706 St. Peters Rd, Marion, IA 52302 
**The Sugar House: 6665 Otis Rd SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52403

PLEASE NOTE: our April Field Day information will be finalized once we know more about bee package delivery. 


Participants must register prior to the first class of each year, and be in attendance at the first class. Please email us or call 319-362-0664 with any questions.


$125.00 per Member
$150.00 per Non-Member
Cancellation Policy
To be eligible for a fee refund or transfer, ICNC requires a 48-hour advance notice for cancellation. Eligible cancelled registrations can either be refunded or applied to another registration. All refunded registrations are charged an administrative processing fee of 10%. Only in cases of extreme weather or other extenuating circumstances will ICNC cancel a scheduled program. All programs cancelled by ICNC will receive a full refund.