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Rochester , MI 48309-4482
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Beekeeping Workshop

Beekeeping for Beginners

Oakland University’s School of Education & Human Services is pleased to announce the Beekeeping for Beginners workshop to be held at Oakland University in Rochester, MI. Participants can earn SCECHs for attending the workshop.

Are you interested in beekeeping, but have never done it before? Have you started raising honey bees and want to learn more? Join Brian Peterson, from Bees in the D, as he shares his passion about the education and conservation of the all-important pollinator, the Honey Bee. He will share his journey into the world of beekeeping, explaining common misconceptions and the fascinating life of the Honey Bee. He will also share the importance of the Honey Bee.

Workshop participants will learn the basics of beekeeping, have the opportunity to visit active hives and collect and taste the honey. Join us to find out what all the buzz is about with beekeeping!
Brian Peterson was personally honored by President Barack Obama for receiving the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (2012). He was also a recipient of the Michigan Science Teacher of the Year Award (2011) and the Humanex Excellence in Teaching Award (2015).

Brian has been a 5th grade teacher at Musson Elementary School in Rochester Hills for 18 years. He has a masters and specialist degree in Educational Leadership/Administration from Oakland University and is an Adjunct Professor at Oakland University and a Guest Ambassador for the Detroit Pistons.

During the summer months Brian is an avid gardener, a hobbyist beekeeper and works for the State of Michigan as a Camp Licensing Consultant. Brian founded and is president of the non-profit organization Bees in the D, an organization devoted to the education and conservation of Honey Bees and other pollinators in the Detroit area. Brian lives in downtown Detroit, MI with his husband Brian and their two dogs Portia and Bentley.
Session Topics

During this workshop, participants will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn about the many species of bees and the differences between bees, hornets and wasps
  • Examine the Honey Bee in detail and learn about the organization and hierarchy of their hive
  • Learn about the basics of beekeeping including all the tools and equipment needed
  • Discover the threats to Honey Bees and signs to look for when in the hive
  • Visit the hives on the campus of OU, open them and collect honey samples (protective wear provided)
  • Sample the honey, find out about the honey harvest procedure and the properties of honey
How to Register
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  • Workshop Registration Fee: $80
  • SCECHs Fee: Additional $10
  • Parking is free on Oakland Universitys Main Campus.
  • Lunch will be provided each day to all participants.