Classes and Events

Check this page for information on classes and other events related 
to beekeeping.


Are you new into beekeeping?  If you would like to work with an experienced beekeeper who will help you with any questions or concerns you may have, whether it is what kind of equipment do you need to start out, how to get bees, or if you would like someone to help you get started, the following is a list of people who are willing to help you out.

Floyd Otdoerfer  319-351-7428

Dave Irvin  319-331-6590

Will Swain

Jim Davis 319-626-2998

Kirkwood Community College
What's the Buzz--Beekeeping
$12 Introduction to beekeeping.  One hour session.
location:  Indian Creek Nature Center
5-6:30 pm  Offered January 4 and February 1

Beekeeping for Beginners
$39  4 sessions
location:  Washington Regional Center, Washington, Iowa
Mondays, 6-8:30 pm  Feb. 5-26

2018 Beginning Beekeeper Class
Wickiup Hill Learning Center, Toddville

You're Invited

Just wanted to send out an invitation the new "Iowa B Club" hosted by Wickiup Hill Learning Center for anyone interested in bees and pollinators. One component of beekeeping is that the learning never stops. Whether it is your first hive or your hundredth, your bees can throw you a curve ball. Although there is endless information on the internet regarding beekeeping this hobby and industry is extremely localized, what works for those in Texas might not work here in the Cedar Valley. Join other beekeepers in the area to exchange local support, education, encouragement and help to promote the health and well-being of our bees. Most beekeepers find joining a club invaluable.

Each month, 3rd Tuesday of the month
Time: 6:30 pm to 8:30

Where: Wickiup Hill Learning Center-10260 Morris Hills Rd, Toddville, IA
Rick Hollis' <strong>maps</strong> and handouts

Erin Miller
Master Beekeeper

Online Beginning Beekeeping Course

Mike White, ISU viticulture extension specialist, informs us in his Wine Grower's News about a 37 part online video series sponsored by the Ohio Produce Growers and Marketers Association and the Ohio State Beekeepers Association.  This apparently has been awhile in the making and should be a very fine resource for beginning beekeepers.  In addition to the 37 videos, there is an accompanying online text you can download.  Check it out here.

Do you enjoy talking with others about bees and sharing your knowledge and enthusiasm?
Volunteers will be needed for the following events.  Check back here for information on whom to contact to sign up to help.

Volunteer(s) wanted: 


  1. Advanced beekeeping class and a queen rearing class have now been posted online at

  2. Learn to be a successful beekeeper from
    two Certified Master Beekeepers.
    Classes start in January

  3. Looking for a local bee club?
    Wickiup Hill Learning Center, Toddville IA
    Meeting are held on the 3rd Tuesday every month @6:30pm