About Beekeeping Bootcamp
These workshops are designed to support beginning beekeepers all the through their first season. Workshops are taught by Mario Padilla, Butterfly Pavilion Entomologist and knowledgeable beekeeper. You’ll work alongside Mario and other learning beekeepers, developing the skills necessary to achieve thriving hives. Beekeeping Bootcamp is qualified through the Colorado State Beekeeping Association (CSBA)!
Workshop Series Structure
The series is comprised of 5 three-hour workshops throughout the year. You may either take the full series or select single sessions of your choice.
There are two Class Series options with identical content: Class Series A and Class Series B. Please select the option that best fits your schedule. Special requests will be handled on an as-needed basis.
Class Series A: January 20, April 7, May 26, August 4, and October 6.
Class Series B: January 27, April 14, June 2, August 11, and October 13.
All classes are from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm on these dates.
PLEASE NOTE: Workshops include instruction and information in the classroom, followed by hands-on practice and observation in the apiary. Workshops will not include hives and beekeeping supplies, but will provide informational materials and supplies are available for purchase in Butterfly Pavilion’s gift shop.
- Full Series (includes all five workshops): $150/member, $165/non-member
Single Workshop: $35/member, $40/non-member
NEW! Sign up a friend or partner and the additional cost for the two is just $75 for each additional person ($50 for members!
Workshop 1: Beekeeping Basics
January 20 or January 27, 2018 | 10am-1pm
Interested in starting a hive? In this session, we’re covering the basics! We will delve into honey bee biology and beekeeping history, learn what equipment is needed, discuss optimal hive locations and gain more practical advice for a crash course that will get you ready for the season.
Workshop 2: Package Installation and early season management
April 7 or April 14, 2018 | 10am – 1pm
Let’s get these bees settled in! In this session we will cover the practical aspects of getting your hive set up – from acquiring and transporting packages, to installation, to handling. Experience the excitement and learn hands-on as together we install a live hive!
Workshop 3: Mid-season management and Maladies
May 26 or June 2, 2018 | 10am – 1pm
How are we looking? In this mid-season session, we will check in to see how to manage challenges that come up over the season. Do you need to add room or split a colony? How do you check for swarming or identify a parasite problem? We will discuss all kinds of potential issues that can come up and get to the ‘bottom board’ of how to recognize and solve it.
Workshop 4: Honey Extraction
August 4 or August 11, 2018 | 10am – 1pm
How sweet it is! This workshop will focus all on honey: how to extract and how much to remove, what to use, how to process it, and of course – how it tastes!!
Workshop 5: Winter is Coming
October 6 or October 13, 2018 | 10am-1pm
As you’ve successfully seen your bees over the warm season, it’s time to hunker down and get ready for the frost. We will close out our series by determining all the ways to keep your bees warm, safe and healthy over the cold months. *This session will be followed by a certification program and social for all those who have completed the full series.
Meet our Bee Expert
Mario Padilla is an Entomologist from Alamosa, Colorado. He studied bumble bee reproduction during his Master’s work at Penn State University under the advisement of Christina Grozinger. After completing his Master’s he kept 40+ colonies of honey bees for the Grozinger lab as a research technologist. Mario is now working as the Curatorial Entomologist at the Butterfly Pavilion where he oversees the terrestrial invertebrate collection. He is familiar with all aspects of beekeeping and excited to train future keepers about the art and science of keeping bees!
If you have additional questions, please contact Marissa at firstname.lastname@example.org or 720-974-1877.