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Bee School '24

1 Ticket / 4 Sessions

10AM - 12PM

Jan 6 • Jan 13 • Jan 20 • Jan 27

Are you a beekeeping beginner or already a hive pro?

Join our 4-day online event to learn the latest from expert beekeepers! You'll get updated info on current backyard beekeeping best practices and can ask questions of people who really know their bees. 🐝

Members receive 25% off Bee School registration - Join Now >


Session 1 - Saturday, January 6th

Basic Terminology and Equipment

The Colony and Its Organization

Session 2 - Saturday, January 14th

Setting Up Your Hive in Suburban Areas

Getting Started in Beekeeping

Session 3 - Saturday, January 21st

Navigating the Management of Your New Colony Through the Seasons

Session 4 - Saturday, January 28th

Bee Diseases, Pest Management, and The Registration of Your Colonies


Dr. Cameron Jack
Dr. Cameron Jack
Dr. Cameron Jack

Dr. Cameron Jack is from a small farming community northeast of Las Vegas, NV. His grandpa was a sideliner beekeeper, so Cameron grew up around honey bees and beekeeping. He obtained his Master’s degree at Oregon State University under the mentorship of Dr. Ramesh Sagili. There, he researched the honey bee gut pathogen Nosema ceranae. He then traveled across the country to pursue a Ph.D. at the University of Florida under the mentorship of Dr. Jamie Ellis, where he began investigating methods to control the devastating pest Varroa destructor.

Dr. Jack joined the teaching faculty at the University of Florida and has been obsessed with creating a premier educational program that prepares students for the many challenges associated with beekeeping. He teaches ten honey bee-related courses and has created an online Beekeeping Certificate Program at the undergraduate and graduate levels. As an Assistant Professor, he continues to teach and conduct research focused on pesticides, pathogens, and parasites that affect honey bees.

Bill Hesbach
Bill Hesbach
Bill Hesbach

Bill Hesbach is a Connecticut native with a background in engineering. He's an Eastern Apicultural Society Certified Master Beekeeper and graduate of the University of Montana's Master Beekeeping Program. Bill is on the Board of Directors for the Eastern Apicultural Society, and is President of the Connecticut Beekeepers Association.

Bill teaches bee biology and beekeeping methods at events hosted by regional organizations, and appears as a guest speaker at national seminars. He's a published author, with articles appearing in Bee Culture, Bee Craft, and The American Bee Journal.

Dr. Meghan Milbrath
Dr. Meghan Milbrath
Dr. Meghan Milbrath

Dr. Meghan Milbrath is an assistant professor in the Department of Entomology at Michigan State University, where she studies honeybee diseases, focusing on transmission risk and treatment. She heads the Milbrath Lab and studies risk factors that affect the health of honeybees and other pollinators. Dr. Milbrath began working bees over 25 years ago, and since 2011, has run The Sand Hill Apiary, a small livestock and queen rearing operation in Munith, Michigan.

She studied biology at St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN, and received degrees in public health from Tulane University and the University of Michigan, where she focused on environmental health sciences and disease transmission risk. Meghan worked as a postdoctoral research associate at Michigan State University, studying Nosema, and as a research associate at Swedish Agricultural University, studying honeybee disease resistance.

Walter Schwarz

Walter Schwarz is a Master Beekeeper from Cheshire, Connecticut. He learned the basics of beekeeping from Dr. Chip Taylor at the University of Kansas. He earned his Master Beekeeper certification through the Midwest Master Beekeeping Program, under the guidance of Dr. Marion Ellis at the University of Nebraska. Walter has a passion for teaching and has mentored dozens of new beekeepers in Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota, and Connecticut. He is the secretary of the Connecticut Beekeepers Association, where he manages its mentorship program.


All registered attendees will receive video recordings once Bee School has ended.


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