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Class size is limited. Bee suits and gloves will be needed to participate in hands-on sessions. Class cost is $100.00 per person.

If you cannot attend your scheduled course, please inform the Corporate Education Center as soon as possible by email ( or phone (605-718-2962). Registration may be moved to a future class with availability, or a full refund may be offered for individuals giving at least 72 hours' notice or with extenuating circumstance for a last-minute cancellation (sickness, death in the family, etc). This is available one time per student. The full fee will be charged for all future registrations with no refund option.

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Spring 2024 Basic Beekeeping

March 18-22, 2024 - 6:30pm to 9:00pm

Learn the basics of keeping honey bees, including considerations to get started, bee biology, major tasks centered on each “bee season”, an introduction to recognizing and treating common honey bee ailments and pests and experience hands-on training in the WDT apiary. The hands-on portion will include inspections, mite treatments and winterizing your apiary hives. By the end of this course, students will receive the basic knowledge to successfully manage and overwinter your colony.

No Prerequisites to attend the basic course.  

Classes will be from 6:30pm-9:00pm each night. No Saturday class in March*

*Saturday's class will be held at the apiary in conjunction with the Advanced Beekeeping class on Saturday, May 11th.

Spring 2024 Advanced Beekeeping
May 6-10, 2024 - 6:30pm-9:00pm plus Saturday, May 11 - 9:00am-12:00pm

The Advance Beekeeping expands on the knowledge received during the basic beekeeping course and focuses on the details of colony management: Pest and Disease Treatments, queen management and Supplemental Feeding. It also includes instruction on the honey bee’s internal anatomy, bee subspecies and reproduction and how to expand (hive splitting) and self-sustaining your apiary. The hands-on session will include deliberate hive inspections and hive splitting using several easy and effective techniques.  

To attend the Saturday hands-on portion of this course, you must have a bee suit with veil and gloves and sign the WDTC Liability Waiver.  

Must be a graduate of Basic Beekeeping to attend.
Classes will be from 6:30pm-9:00pm each night. Saturday (based on weather) 9:00am-12:00pm at the apiary

A Buzz in the Black Hills Conference

2024 Conference
Saturday, February 24, 2024
8:00am - 3:00pm
Cost to attend: $TBD
Sponsored by WDTC Environmental Club and DRB Beekeeping and Supplies, LLC. 

This in person and virtual beekeeping conference is for all levels of Beekeepers. This year’s conference theme will be posted soon!

Tentative Primary Speakers:  TBD

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