2013 Iowa Beekeeping Course Listing


The 2013 Iowa Beekeeping Course Listing is now available. Some courses have or will be beginning soon, so take a moment to find an exciting course offering near you! One of the best ways to learn beekeeping is to take one of these courses. There are good books on beekeeping, however having your questions answered by an experienced beekeeper is priceless. Also beekeeping is local. The beekeepers teaching these courses have their experience rooted in the Iowa environment. Keeping bees is not the same in Florida, Texas, or California. And to top it all off, beekeepers love to share the excitement and experiences they have had keeping honeybees. Take a beekeeping course and join in the fun!

Click here to open a printable copy of the 2013 Iowa Beekeeping Course Listing



Beekeeping Courses to be Offered Across the State of Iowa

City Start Date Course Time Meeting Location Contact Fee

6-8 pm

Jan. 22 Tuesdays for 6 weeks Iowa Lab Facility, DMACC Campus Andrew Joseph: 515-725-1481 or Andrew.Joseph@IowaAgriculture.gov2230 s. Ankeny Blvd

Ankeny, IA  50023

Cedar Rapids 


7-9 pm

Jan. 17 8 sessions throughout the year Indian Creek Nature Center Jean Wiedenheft:  more information at www.indiancreeknaturecenter.org/basic-beekeeping/6665 Otis Rs SE

Cedar Rapids, IA 52403

Member: $55Nonmember: $85

Partner: $10


6-8 pm

Jan. 15 Tuesdays for 7 weeks Marion County Extension Office Craig Greene: (641) 842-2112 

210  N Iowa St

Knoxville, IA 50138


6-8 pm

Jan. 31 Thursdays for 6 – 8 weeks Wyatt Honey House Mike Wyatt: (515) 961-0357Judy Spence: (515) 988-8397


5912 155 Ave

Indianola, IA 50125

Glenwood Feb. 23 Wednesdays for 4 weeks IA Western Comm. College Clarence Seale: 712-310-7410 TBD
Davenport Feb. 6 Wednesdays for 6 weeks Nahant Marsh Education Center563-323-5196 Phil Crandall: (309)799-7420 or pcrandall@crandallfarms.com 

4220 S Wapello Ave

Davenport, IA 52802



Jan. 18 Fridays for 7 weeks Lucas Co. Extension Office Craig Greene: (641) 842-2112 

48293 HyVee Rd

Oskaloosa, IA 52577



6-8 pm

Jan.  17 Thursdays for 7 weeks Mahaska County Extension office Craig Green: 641-842-2112 

212 North IsL

Oskaloosa, IA





7-9 pm

Jan. 16 Wednesdays:Beginning Beekeeping class for 4 weeks; Advanced Beekeeping next 3 weeks Iowa Valley Community College Sandy Supianoski: 800-284-4823 

3702 South center St

Marshalltown, IA


Instructor: Phil Ebert

$40 for both sessions$25 – 30 for one session

6-9 pm

Jan 24 1 day / week for 6 weeks Northeast Iowa Community College NICC Continuing Education: 563-557-0354 or www.nicc.edu and click on continuing education $30

6-8 pm

Feb. 4 Mondays for 4 weeks Kirkwood Center 



111 West View Dr

Washington, IA



Ron Wehr: 319-698-7542


9 am-4 pm



March 16


Two Saturdays, one month apart TBD Larry or Marlene Boernsen: 712-735-4205 Single$35




Mason City 

9 am – 12 noon

Feb. 2 Saturdays for 4 weeks North Iowa Area Community College NIACC Continuing Education: 641-422-4358 $39


Please note that not all of these courses are sponsored by the Iowa Honey Producers Association, and the information presented by the instructors is not necessarily endorsed by the IHPA.  Additionally, none of the courses are sponsored by the Iowa Department of Agriculture & Land Stewardship and the information presented by the instructors is not necessarily endorsed by IDALS.

The 2012 IHPA Annual Meeting Agenda is now available.


The 2012 IHPA Annual Meeting Agenda is now available. Come checkout the great line up of events for the 100th Annual Meeting. Guest speakers are Katie Lee from the University of Minnesota. David Mandes commercial beekeeper from Fort Myers, FL. Lee Heine, 35 years as the Watertown, WI Dadant branch manager, and long time supporter of the IHPA and its Youth and Queen Programs. Amy Toth Assistant Professor from Iowa State University. Bob Cox the former Iowa State Apiarist, currently with the USDA Honey Bee Research Lab in Weslaco, TX.

We hope to see you there! The Annual Meeeting is a great time to learn and enjoy catching up with your fellow beekeepers.

Click here to view the complete 2012 IHPA Annual Meeting Agenda (pdf)

Registration information for the meeting can be found in the October issue of The Buzz Newsletter. October Buzz Newsletter (pdf).


Welcome to the updated IHPA website!

BeekeeperWelcome to the updated IHPA website! You are currently viewing one of the new features of the site, the IHPA Blog. The IHPA Blog will allow IHPA to get news and events out and available to the membership in one quick and easy place. No need to wait for the next issue of the Buzz Newsletter, check the IHPA Blog!