Course at a Glance

Practical Beekeeping
February 6 to May 1
In-person: Humboldt Campus + fieldtrips

Practical Beekeeping


With Dick LaForge & Jeannine Kaprielian, Beekeepers

In this class, you will gain skills you need to  keep honeybees for honey, pollination, other hive products, and enjoyment.

You will learn about honeybee biology, beekeeping equipment, and management techniques.

You will have the opportunity to buy bees.

Required textbook: Beekeeping for Dummies, 5th edition, 2020, by Howland Blackiston.

See the other beekeeping class offered this spring: Bee Yard Experience

Mondays, Feb. 6-May 1 (No class March 13)
6:30-8:30 p.m.   •   On campus: Art B 102
Plus four Saturday field trips (weather permitting)
1-3 p.m.   •   Off campus: TBA 
$175   •   Class #: 23849
Credit (1 unit, optional):  ZOOL x315, add $50, #: 23850
Credit (2 units, optional): ZOOL x315, add $100, #: 23851

Dick LaForge

Dick LaForge

Dick LaForge has over 25 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 since 1998. He is at Master level in the California Master Beekeeper Program (CAMBP).


Jeannine Kaprielian

Jeannine Kaprielian

Jeannine Kaprielian began beekeeping by taking Practical Beekeeping in 2009. She has an apiary on her small farm in the Hoopa Valley. She also keeps bees on several coastal sites, giving her insight into specific issues facing both inland and coastal beekeepers. Jeannine is at Master level in the California Master Beekeeper Program (CAMBP).