Starts Nov. 16: WSU Extension offers beekeeping series

beeEVERETT, Wash. – The Master Beekeeper introductory/refresher course will be 6:30-9:30 p.m. Mondays, Nov. 16-Dec. 14, in McCollum Park at Washington State University Snohomish County Extension’s Cougar Auditorium, 600 128th St. SE, Everett. The five-week course will repeat beginning Feb. 22.

Designed to build basic beekeeping skills, topics covered will include bee biology, equipment, seasonal management, honey harvest and identification and management of pests and diseases. The focus will be on the unique challenges and benefits to beekeeping in western Washington.

Class size is limited. The cost is $90 per person. Register online at or download the form at and mail with a check.

Participants completing the course and passing the optional Washington State Apprentice Beekeeper exam (open book test) will receive a certificate toward Journey and Master Beekeeper levels, along with an “Apprentice Master Beekeeper” patch.

Each session will be taught by WSU Snohomish County Extension entomologist Dave Pehling, local beekeeping professionals and Jim Tunnell, owner of Beez Neez Apiary Supply in Snohomish, Wash.

For more information, contact Dave Pehling at 425-357-6019 or


Dave Pehling, WSU Extension, 425-357-6019,
Kate Halstead, WSU Snohomish County Extension, 360-794-6081,