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Beginning Beekeeper Course

February 24 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Bees on illuminated honeycomb

WSU Snohomish County Extension is sponsoring a fall session of the Beginning Hobbyist Beekeeper course in the Washington State Beekeepers Association’s Master Beekeeper Program.

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.

The next session runs Monday evenings, February 24 through March 23, 2020 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in McCollum Park at WSU Snohomish County Extension’s Cougar Auditorium, 600 128th ST SE, Everett.

Topics covered

BeekeeperDesigned 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.

Extension programs and employment are available to all without discrimination. Evidence of noncompliance may be reported through your local Extension office or to the WSU Center for Human Rights. Reasonable accommodations will be made for persons with disabilities and special needs who contact Karie Christensen at (425) 357-6039 or at least two weeks prior to the event.


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

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


Each session is taught by local Journeyman Beekeeper and  WSU Snohomish County Extension entomologist Dave Pehling. As a beekeeper and entomoligist, Pehling’s unique skills and knowledge provide students with a localized and practical approach to keeping healthy bees.

For more information on the course, contact Kate Ryan,, (425) 357-6024.


February 24
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Kate Ryan
(425) 357-6024


WSU Snohomish County Extension’s Cougar Auditorium
600 – 128th Street SE (McCollum Park)
Everett, WA 98208 United States
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