Course at a Glance

Practical Beekeeping (1 unit credit)
February 16 to May 4

Practical Beekeeping (1 unit credit)


With Dick LaForge & Jeannine Kaprielian

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.

Classes include the opportunity to buy bees and start beekeeping.

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.

This Extended Education course has been suspended based on HSU guidelines regarding Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).

The College of Extended Education & Global Engagement anticipates rescheduling the course to a later late.

Please e-mail Extended Education about your interest in the class to get notified of the rescheduling.


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.