2015 Wyoming Bee College, Laramie WY


Wyoming Bee College offers sessions to the experienced, those new to bees

            Learn the craft of caring for bees at the 2015 Wyoming Bee College Saturday and Sunday, March 21-22, at Laramie County Community College in Cheyenne.

            Workshops are in the Conferences and Institutes Building. Registration is $65 for the two-day event, including snacks, two lunches and one dinner, said Catherine Wissner, horticulturist in the Laramie County office of University of Wyoming Extension. More than 120 people from six states attended the first bee college last year.

            Registration, the schedule and more information is at www.eventbrite.com. Search Wyoming Bee College. 

            Workshops address those new to bees and the experienced beekeeper.

            “We have reached out to find new and inspirational speakers to take everyone to the next level of beekeeping, bring more people into the craft and help others make a business of beekeeping or just be better at keeping bees and helping pollinating insects,” said Wissner.

            Registration is at 7:45 a.m. followed by keynote speaker William Meikle of the USDA Agricultural Research Service Carl Hayden Bee Research Center in Tucson, Ariz. Also speaking is Randa Jabbour, an assistant professor in the Department of Plant Sciences at the University of Wyoming, who is developing research projects in relevant field crop and forage systems. 

            Other speakers include:

  • Keziah Katz, doctoral student, Colorado State University
  • Ronald Fessenden, author, Feed Your Brain First; The Honey Revolution Series
  • Glen Andresen from Bridegetown Bees, Portland, Ore., to teach a beginning/apprentice beekeeping workshop 
  • Albert Chubak, program director of the Wasatch Beekeeping Association
  • Mark Carroll, Carl Hayden Bee Research Center
  • Terry Booth, retired research scientist, High Plains Grassland Research Station, USDA Agricultural Research Service, Cheyenne 

            Other programs include permaculture, habitat hero, bee biology, marketing, crafts, making mead wine and more.  

            UW Extension and the Laramie County Conservation District are sponsoring the event. For more information, contact Wissner at 307-633-4383 or cwissner@uwyo.edu.

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