The Rolla Bee Club will host two beginning beekeeping classes that qualify for credit towards master beekeeper certification.

The club will host the beginning beekeeping class from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 25 and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 14.

The class will cover what participants need to begin beekeeping including equipment, costs, bee sources, setting up hives and helping colonies to get through their first winter. 

The class is certified by the Great Plains Master Beekeeping Program at University of Nebraska at Lincoln and qualifies for credit towards master beekeeper certification. The certification means participants will learn the latest scientifically-based information and beekeeping techniques.

The cost is $75 per person and will include class materials, lunch and refreshments. The class will be held in the Doolittle Community Hall at 380 Eisenhower St.

The deadline to register for the Jan. 25 class is Friday, Jan. 10. The deadline to register for the Feb. 15 class is Friday, Feb. 1. To register, email rollabees@gmail.com or visit http://www.rollabeeclub.com/class-sign-up.html.

A second year beekeeping class is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 14, 2020 in the Doolittle Community Hall.

This class is focused on beekeepers who successfully pulled their bees through their first winter and will focus on basic techniques such as merging colonies, splitting, swarm catching and replacing queens.

Cost is $75 per person and will include class materials, lunch and refreshments. The deadline to register for this class is Friday, Feb. 28.

Rolla Bee Club Inc. is an educational 501©(3) non-profit focused on supporting beginning beekeeping students. The club meets once a month on the fourth Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in Brownwood Estates located at 1341 California Drive.  More information can be found at rollabeeclub.com.