Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, most in-person beekeeping classes have been suspended, according to Kamloops Beekeepers Club president Bryce Herman, but if you have access to the Internet, there are options to learn how to become a beekeeper this spring.
The Provincial Apiculture Branch is offering a free second session of the online Introductory Beekeeping Webinar Series, beginning March 27. Registration is through the Provincial Apiculture Branch, which can be found by clicking here.
This course is offered for free and is open to anyone. It covers a full range of topics related to bee biology, beekeeping management, disease diagnosis and controls.
The course involves four webinar sessions on consecutive Saturday mornings, from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.. Prior to each session, registrants will receive an email with suggested reading materials and references.
Those wishing to be notified when course details and registration become available can send an email with their name, email address and location to Paul.firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Kamloops Beekeepers Club will also organize online events this spring and summer to assist aspiring beekeepers in their endeavours.
Herman said the club has a successful mentorship program in which novice beekeepers are matched up with mentors. For more information, visit the Kamloops Beekeepers website by clicking here.