Course at a Glance

February 16 to April 26
Off campus (TBA)

Advanced Beekeeping

24690 (non-credit)

With Dick LaForge & Jeannine Kaprielian

Follow the progress and challenges of several bee yards, inspect colonies to assess their condition, and learn strategies for guiding colonies towards production and good health.

Classes include the opportunity to buy bees and start beekeeping.

This class is for those who already keep bees and/or have taken Practical Beekeeping.

Optional credit is available. See Advanced Beekeeping (1 unit credit).

Students should have at least one bee book. The Beekeepers Handbook (Sammataro and Avitabile) is recommended.

Students are required to complete a Release of Liability form for this course.

Sun., Feb. 16-April 26  •  1-3 p.m.

Off campus (TBA)

$160 • Class #: 24690

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To get one unit of credit in this class, see Advanced Beekeeping (1 unit credit)

Dick LaForge

Dick LaForge

Dick LaForge has over 20 years of beekeeping experience and manages eight hives near Freshwater. He produces on average six new colonies and several hundred pounds of honey each year. He has taught the HSU bee classes on and off since 1999.


Jeannine Kaprielian

Jeannine Kaprielian

Jeannine Kaprielian began beekeeping by taking Dick LaForge and Garrett Brinton’s beekeeping class in 2009. She and Garrett developed an apiary on her small farm in the Hoopa Valley. Since then she has kept bees on several coastal sites, giving her insight into specific issues facing both inland and coastal beekeepers. In spring 2019 Jeannine will complete the Master Beekeeper course with UC Davis.