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COVID-19 Advisory: WSU Extension is working to keep our communities safe. All Extension programming is being provided virtually, or by approved plan. Effective July 6, 2021, Snohomish County WSU Extension will have a limited administration presence at Willis Tucker Park (Snohomish). The McCollum Park campus (Everett) continues to be closed to the public.  We are available via email, phone, and webconference.

Beginning Beekeeper Course

WSU Snohomish County Extension is sponsoring the beginner level course in the Washington State Beekeepers Association’s Master Beekeeper Program.

The Spring 2020 session of the Beginning Beekeeper Course will be Monday evenings, for 5 weeks, starting February 24, 2020 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the WSU Snohomish County Extension Cougar Auditorium in McCollum Park, 600 – 128th St SE, Everett.

The five-week course is perfect for anyone with no previous beekeeping experience and anyone wanting more information about beekeeping before making the decision to acquire a hive.

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Designed to build basic beekeeping skills, topics covered include bee biology, equipment, seasonal management requirements, identification and management of pests, as well as honey removal and processing. Overall focus will home in on the unique challenges and benefits to beekeeping in the Pacific Northwest.

A workshop manual complements the lectures. Participants completing the course and passing the Washington State Beginning Beekeeper level exam (open book test) will receive a certificate as the first step towards the Apprentice, Journey, and Master Beekeeper levels.


Class size is limited and usually sells out well in advance of the course. Cost for the five-week series is $125 per person. Register online at (website).

For registration information, contact Kate Ryan,, (425) 357-6024.

Course instructor

Course Instructor Dave Pehling

Dave Pehling, retired WSU Snohomish County Extension zoologist, has been studying and teaching about insects since 1978. He is a Journeyman Beekeeper through the Washington State Beekeepers Association. Special interests include insect pest management, arthropod parasites (especially mosquitoes), and pollinators, especially honey bees. In addition to his entomological work, Dave taught vertebrate pest management for the WSU Extension Master Gardener and Livestock Adviser programs.