Course at a Glance

February 11 to May 6
HSU Campus: Wildlife Building, Room 258

Practical Beekeeping

27084 (non-credit)

With Dick LaForge, Jeannine Kaprielian, Steve Sottong & “Missy Bee” Krein

Gain the skills you need to keep bees, including learning bee biology, studying the basics of keeping honeybees for pollination and honey, and exploring beekeeping equipment and management techniques.

Required textbook: Beekeeping for Dummies, 4th edition, 2017 by Howland Blackiston.

Optional credit is available. See Practical Beekeeping (1 unit credit) and Practical Beekeeping (2 units credit).

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

Mon., Feb. 11-May 6 (No class March 18 and April 1) • 6:30-8:30 p.m.

HSU Campus: Wildlife Building, Room 258

$160 • Class #: 27084

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Academic Credit Options:

To get one unit of credit in this class, register for Practical Beekeeping (1 unit credit)

To get two units of credit in this class, register for Practical Beekeeping (2 units 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.


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. 


Steve Sottong

Steve Sottong

Steve Sottong is a backyard beekeeper in Eureka. His wife Joy Thomas was co-teacher in 2015 and he served as the beekeeping tech and photo show expert in 2016.


Missy Bee Krein

"Missy Bee" Krein

"Missy Bee" Krein: Biography coming soon.