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    Beekeeping Programs


    Multi-Level Beekeeping Certification

    The Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center is excited to announce a new multi-level Beekeeping certificate program. This intensive three-step program is designed to provide students with a deep understanding of honey bees and beekeeping. The three levels of certification are as follows: Beginner Beekeeping, Intermediate Beekeeping and Advanced Beekeeping. The ten-week Beginner Beekeeper certificate is accepting students for its March 2020 launch.

    The program is designed to support both new and seasoned beekeepers through an entire apiary year and beyond. During the Beginner Beekeeping certificate, participants will learn about honey bee biology, rules and regulations, beekeeping equipment, steps to start a colony, applied care and environmental challenges. By the end of this course, participants will be able to start an apiary and manage hives for maximum bee and ecological health. Upon successful completion of the course, students will earn a Beginner Beekeeping certificate and will be prepared to take the Intermediate Beekeeping certificate program, which is set to begin Fall 2020. These programs support a beekeeper’s preparation for the Eastern Apicultural Society (EAS) of North America’s nationally recognized Master Beekeeping certification process*.

    The Beginner Beekeeping certificate starts March 26, 2020, and runs every Thursday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. until May 28, 2020. The cost is $250, textbook not included.

    Registration is limited, and pre-registration is required.

    *The EAS Master Beekeepers Program has existed for many years as a level of beekeeping expertise certified through the rigorous testing established and maintained through the Eastern Apiculture Society. The Master Beekeepers work together to support the educational arm of the EAS.

    Cancellation Policy

    Please check LCEEC’s page on Facebook and your local media stations for cancellations. Cancelled classes will be rescheduled for the following week.

    Cost and Registration

    The cost for the program is $250, textbook not included.

    To register, click here to download our registration form (PDF). Complete the form and return it with your payment to the LCEEC.

    Checks may be made payable to Lackawanna College.

    Payments may be mailed to:
    Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center
    93 MacKenzie Rd.
    Covington Township, PA 18544

    Beginner Beekeeping Certificate Spring 2020

    March 26

    Welcome: Class overview & the history of beekeeping – Check out where the Honey bee comes from and how they became a Keystone species in the United States

    April 2

    Biology of Honey bees – Take a more in-depth look into a Honey bee and use a microscope to examine one, including the stinger!

    April 9

    Social & behavioral aspect of the Honey bee – Learn the hierarchy of a beehive, why bees have specific jobs and how that applies to colony care.

    April 16

    Equipment & Package Install – EC apiary – Get your hands on an educational hive box and practice a package install! Followed by a live demonstration of welcoming our Italian bee package into their new home at the LCEEC apiary!

    April 23

    Rules & regulations of hive management – Determine where to place your apiary and the next steps needed to continue your beekeeping journey.

    April 30

    Environmental Challenges for Honey bees & Beekeepers – Review the specific challenges bees face and how your role can mitigate situations.

    May 7

    Pollinators and their benefits – A flower study – Take a discovery walk to study the food source available to the LCEEC’s Honey bees. Use field guides to identify flowers and learn how important the Honey bee is as a pollinator.

    May 14

    Hive check, applied care & Nuc box Install – Let’s open up our Italian hive and check for brood! Followed by installing our Russian Nucleus box!

    May 21

    Review – Take a look back on our experiences during class and prepare for the Beginner Beekeeping certificate final exam.

    May 28

    Final Exam

    Topics are subject to change according to weather and apiary conditions. Students will be notified.

    Class Requirements

    Grading Method

    All participants must earn 80% or higher to receive a certificate of completion for the course. Students will be graded on overall participation in the weekly discussions and a written exam.

    Required Textbook

    Honey Bee Biology and Beekeeping. Caron, Dewey M., and Lawrence John. Connor. Revised edition (June 28, 2013) ed., Wicas Press, 2013.

    ISBN 978-1878075291


    Students will not receive a certificate if they are absent for more than two sessions.

    Meet Our Beekeepers

    Casie Berkhouse

    Casie Berkhouse began her beekeeping journey in her Grandmother’s small apiary in the Mid-hills of Pennsylvania at the age of eight, where she was allowed to manage the smoker and lick honey off the frame. After graduating from high school, she continued her educational journey to obtain an Education and a Philosophy degree, with concentrations in science and natural history. While a Philosophy student, Casie studied the interdisciplinary concepts of the intriguing social aspect of the Honey bee and how that could be applied to the human collective. Today, as an ecology and biology educator at Lackawanna College and a certified beekeeper, she maintains her own apiary and a future full of inspiring growth, learning and a love of the natural world. Her passion for beekeeping comes from a deep understanding of our environment and the role bees play in our ecosystem as a Keystone Species. In addition to beekeeping, her entomology hobbies also include line-breeding isopods, springtails and other insects for feeder purposes.

    * The EAS Master Beekeepers Program has existed for many years as a level of beekeeping expertise certified through the rigorous testing established and maintained through the Eastern Apiculture Society. The Master Beekeepers work together to support the educational arm of the EAS.