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ALL COURSES NOW AVAILABLE!

Sign up for individual- or bundled online course offerings

All 3 'Beginner' courses as a bundle (BEES 1.00)

$84

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$105

FOR ALL THREE BEGINNER COURSES

ORIGINALLY

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BUNDLED DISCOUNT

Perfect one-stop shop to get started in beekeeping

INDIVIDUAL 'BEGINNER' COURSES ($35 each)

BIOLOGY

Lectures:

The Bees, The Colony, Development, Division of Labor, Foraging

MANAGEMENT

Lectures:

The Hive, Equipment, Sting Safety, Colony Establishment, Working a Hive, Troubleshooting

INDUSTRY

Lectures:

Being a Good Neighbor, Honey and Hive Products, Pollination, Join the Beekeeping Community

'Advanced' Queen Biology & Management bundle (BEES 2.00.01)

Includes courses:

Queens and mating

Queen rearing

Honey bee stocks

(3 mini-courses, 13 lectures, 3.57 hours of content)

$84

20%

$105

FOR ALL THREE ADVANCED COURSES

ORIGINALLY

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BUNDLED DISCOUNT

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'Advanced' Colony Health bundle (BEES 2.00.02)

Includes courses:

Pathogens, Parasites, Pests, and Problems

Varroa Integrated Pest Management

Knowing about Pesticides

(3 mini-courses, 11 lectures, 3.50 hours of content)

$84

20%

$105

FOR ALL THREE ADVANCED COURSES

ORIGINALLY

SAVE

BUNDLED DISCOUNT

INDIVIDUAL 'ADVANCED' COURSES ($35 each)

BIOLOGY

Lectures:

Why Learn Anatomy, External Anatomy,  Internal Anatomy, Queens and Drones

Lectures:

Queen Rearing, Queen Elimination, Queen Mating, Fertilization and Oviposition

Lectures:

Foraging division of labor, Collective foraging of the colony, Recruitment, Propolis and water foraging, Pollen foraging, Regulation of nectar foraging

Lectures:

Genetics 101, Haplodiploidy and relatedness, Consequences of queen polyandry, Sex determination, Selective breeding

Lectures:

Chemical communication, Worker pheromones, Queen mandibular pheromone, other queen pheromones

Honey Bees of the World
Bee Botany
Other Stinging Insects
Future Courses

MANAGEMENT

Lectures:

Spring Management, Swarm Control, Queen Rearing, Honey Production, Supplemental Feeding, Other Management Considerations

Lectures:

What constitutes a "stock", Apis mellifera subspecies, Selected stocks, Other considerations

Lectures:

Brood Pathogens, Adult Parasites, Hive Pests, Colony Disorders

Lectures:

Setting Up a Cell Builder, Grafting, Mating Nucleus Hives, Marking, Banking, and Queen Introduction

Lectures:

IPM Approach and Varroa Life Cycle, Monitoring, Control Regimes, Cycle Regimes and Long-Term Sustainability

Tools of the Trade
Future Courses

INDUSTRY

Lectures:

The History of the AHB in the US, AHB Biology, Mechanisms of Displacement, Identification, Symptoms, What Beekeepers Need to Do

Lectures:

Prehistoric Beekeeping, Ancient and Traditional Beekeeping, Modern Beekeeping

Lectures:

Common-Sense Approach, Pesticide Approval Process, Roles in Application and Protection

Colony Collapse Disorder
Crop Pollination
Honey and Hive Products
Honey Labeling
Future Courses

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Welcome to the Beekeeper Education & Engagement System! 

The BEES network is an online resource for beekeepers. It is internet-based and offers a diverse method to expand your beekeeping knowledge regardless of your level of experience. The BEES network is broken into two levels of complexity, Beginner and Advanced. Both levels cover three general tracks of content: honey bee biology, honey bee management, and the honey bee industry.

  • No specialized equipment or prior experience necessary—just an internet connection, a standard web browser, and a desire to learn about bees!

  • Topic selection is a la carte, so you can pick and choose exactly which topics you wish to learn about. There are no required prerequisites. 

  • You can go at your own pace; how quickly you progress through each course is up to you! You have access to each single course for a full 30 days. 

  • All proceeds support the NC State Apiculture Program and our various research and extension endeavors. We are only able to accept online payments by credit card.

See the list of courses that are currently available above!