Chippewa Valley Technical College will offer “Beekeeping for Beginners”  beginning March 10th. Registration Deadline is the week of March 5. (Register now to reserve a seat!)

Target Audience is anyone who is one or all of the following:

  • A new beekeeper
  • Thinking about becoming a future beekeeper
  • Interested to learn about bees, but don’t want to have their own hive
  • A current beekeeper looking to revisit the fundamentals of proper beekeeping
  • Looking to enhance the training already received by a local bee club
  • Looking for a youth project (4-H, FFA, Scouts, etc)
  • Looking for a parent/child, grandparent/grandchild or mentorship project


  • 32 hours with HANDS-ON training
  • 1 credit, $147.00 (estimated tuition and fees)

o   Safety kit required (can purchase or bring their own)

o   Optional kit: Purchase their own beehive/bee colony, work with all season and take home in the fall

  • Starts March 10-October 2018

o   Classes will meet periodically on Wednesday evenings and Saturdays (detailed schedule coming soon)

  • Instructor Jodi Lepsch has a Master’s degree in Entomology from University of Minnesota (location of world famous Bee Lab)
  • Snapshot of curriculum topics

o   Fundamentals of keeping bees

o   Establishing a hive

o   Maintaining a healthy and productive hive

o   Proper management techniques

o   Harvesting honey

o   Winterizing

  • Beehives & bees will be kept here at the Energy Education Center, those who purchase a hive can take home in the fall after being winterized

For more information, visit  or contact Adam Wehling  715-852-1394 or [email protected]