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Published February 26, 2019
The coordinator of the March bee conference in Cheyenne has a few buzzwords about the multiday event.
“Get your bee on at the Wyoming Bee College conference, open to the world, three days of all things bees and beekeeping,” says Catherine Wissner, University of Wyoming Extension horticulture educator in Laramie County.
More than 28 workshops and three keynote speakers are featured at Laramie County Community College Friday-Sunday, March 22-24, with four preconference workshops Friday.
Registration is $125 for the preconference workshops, $85 for the bee college or $195 for both. Children ages 7-15 are free with a paying adult. Cost includes lunches, snacks, beverages and Saturday dinner. For more information, including a complete agenda and workshop descriptions, or to register, visit www.wyomingbeecollege.org.
The preconference workshops Friday allow a choice of four all-day sessions: “MN Bee Squad,” “Raising Queen Bees,” “Apitherapy” and “Bees Wax Alchemy.”
Hilary Kearney, of San Diego, Calif., begins the conference Saturday with “How to add 30,000 bees and have close neighbors who may have a hard time wrapping their head around your new hobby. Positive relations.” She is the author of “Queen Spotting” and Beekeeping Like a Girl blog, and the creator of Girl Next Door Honey, a beekeeping business that provides educational opportunities to new beekeepers.
Saturday has five track sessions, including the option of an all-day session, “I think, I want to become a beekeeper.” The other tracks are: “Learning Curves,” “Staying Alive,” “Money and More” and “For the Bees, Build a Better World.”
The Saturday evening keynote speaker is Tammy Horn Potter, author of “Bees in America: How the Honey Bee Shaped a Nation” and “Beeconomy: What Women and Bees Can Teach Us about Local Trade and the Global Market.”
There are eight sessions from which to choose Sunday, and they build upon what is learned Saturday. Sunday’s sessions include hive inspections; finding and installing packages of bees; honey extraction; beekeeping in schools; bees for pollination service; and preventing and dealing with swarms.
Timothy Baker, head teacher at Charlton Manor Primary School in Greenwich, England, who introduced a bee curriculum and a successful after-school program, will address conference attendees.
Following Sunday lunch, Albert Chubak, Joe Carson and Michael Jordan lead a panel discussion to provide insight from beekeeping around the world.
Instructors for the conference are beekeepers with many years of experience, researchers from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and/or from universities, Wissner says.