Learn more about bees with Wyoming's Bee College and University

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CHEYENNE, Wyo - Save the date, Friday March 16, Saturday March 17 and Sunday, March 18, 2018.

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Wyoming Bee University and Bee College Conference will be in Cheyenne, at the Laramie County Community College 1400 East College Drive, in the Pathfinder building on March 16 and in the Recreation and Athletic Center on March 17-18, 2018.

This conference is open to everyone and every level of Bee Interest or Beekeeping.

If you're curious about honeybees, beekeeping, improving your current beekeeping skills or gardening for bees, this event is open to everyone concerned about the welfare of honeybees or native bees.

Kids 7 to 15 who are working with an adult beekeeper or 4-H leader learning the craft of beekeeping will get free admission with a paying adult.

During the 2018 Wyoming Bee University you have a choice of four all day workshops on Friday, March 16. Registration can be separate from the Bee College or you can sign up for a package deal.

Cost of the Bee University is $125/person.

Choice 1; Apitherapy with Frederique Keller MS. L. Ac. President of the American Apitherapy Society. Frederique will cover how to use; raw honey, beebread, pollen, royal jelly, propolis & the afternoon get into bee venom accompanied by practical workshops treating various health conditions. Participants gain a tremendous amount of knowledge & confidence in utilizing the bee products to treat their friends & family safely along with legal issues.

Choice 2; Make Mead like a Professional, This mead making short course is targeted to helping you become better at making this amazing beverage. Some of the topics covered; how different flavor characteristics of honey affect the flavor outcome of mead. How different temperatures and different yeasts affect mead flavor, Sanitation and microbiology of food safety. Controlling flavors answering what is a good mead. There is a lot of information on the internet; internet-Myths will be busted on mead making. Our instructor is Dr. Tom Rapas, MD is the two-time winner of the venerated international mead makers Mazer Cup competition held every year in Colorado

Choice 3; Long live the Queen with instructor Melanie Kirby owner of Zia Queenbee Company. A one-day workshop will present and address question about raising your own queens. What it takes to rear high quality queens. Basic biology and various methods of queen rearing will be presented. The workshops emphasize hands on instruction in queen rearing methods, with lecture and demonstrations. Students will be involved in various steps including setting up cell builders, grafting, and establishing mating nuclei.

Choice 4; Advancing you beekeeping skills, setting the stage for being a Master Beekeeper. Beekeeping is challenging, many things can go wrong during the seasons keeping bees. The craft as animal husbandry and beekeepers need to take their skills to the next level to be successful. Instructor, Scott Debnam will help you hone your skill with a peak into what it takes to become a Master Beekeeper. Topics covered; the details of record keeping, Bee Nutrition, Nosema, Varroa, Advanced Honey Bee Anatomy and Genetics, Natural Beekeeping and more. Requirements; Must be a current beekeeper with basic beekeeping skills, have two or more hives and minimum of two years’ experience. This is not a beginner program

The Wyoming Bee College is Saturday, March 17 and Sunday, March 18, 2018. Registration cost is $85/person. The Bee College will be held in the Recreation and Athletic Center at Laramie County Community College.

The Bee College offers five tracks on day one, and four tracks on the second day. There are three great keynote speakers and topics this year.

Opening on Saturday, Bee Girl Organization Sarah Red-Laird with the lastest on education programs, research projects and university collaboration on the advancement of saving bees.

Saturday night will be a mid-century fun look at Hollywood and Entomology; History of the 1950”s “BIG BUG” Science Fiction Movies with Dr. Raymond Cloyd.

Sunday morning, American Foul Brood, a cure on the horizon, no more bonfires with Dr. Sandra Hope from BYU.

Beekeeping 101. An all-day workshop learning the basics of beekeeping from a local third generation Master Beekeeper, Carolyn Nyarady DVM. This class will cover bee biology, disease identification, seasonal care of your bees, what bees need when there are no flowers, hive designs, equipment needed and costs. This class will get you started with the craft of beekeeping.

Beekeeping 102 years 2 and 3. "What I wish I had known, but didn’t even know what I didn’t know" –wow! A discussion on details to help you with your bees. This track will cover; in-depth views of dealing with bees that are ready to swarm, splitting hives, and varroa mites. plus much more.

Journeyman level two tracks of choices: Years 4 and on, many choices to mix and match: Scott Debnam from Montana State University on "What to expect each Season - seasonal management of you bees". Choices to Make, bees to buy with David Lewis, Top-Bar beekeeping with Marin Hardison, Honey Extraction, Making Money with Honey. We will tackle the controversy of Pesticides and Bee Safety with Dr. Raymond Cloyd from Kansas State University.

Conservation tracks, gardening for bees – don’t have much of a green thumb, but want to feed hungry bees learn gardening basics, then move on to Flower Power what to plant that will feed your bees both native and honey along with a few butterflies. Than a train-the-trainer workshop with Bee-Girl Sarah Red-Laird on getting youth involved in bees. Than wrap up the afternoon with bee identification on alternative pollinators.

Day two keeps building on what you learned: Dealing with Nosema and Varroa, finding and installing packages of bees, honey extraction, different hive style choices, winter beekeeping, and food safety. New to beekeeping? David Birozy talks about; how to be successful and avoid the pit falls, he has experienced. We will deal with; swarms and hands on workshop dealing with bee’s wax, with a take home small candle.

Package deal of the Bee University and Bee College for $195/person

There will be a Habitat Hero workshop program on Saturday, March 17, cost is $20 includes lunch, snacks. Bring back the bees, butterflies and birds to your garden, learn native plants that attract them, bee hotels to keep them safe and tips to living on the prairie. This program is done in partnership with the Wyoming Bee College for more info contact

For more information check out the interview from the morning show or go to Wyoming Bee Colleges' website.