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Complete Beekeeping Short Course  
Advertisement for beekeeping class in Little Rock, AR, APril 2022  

April 11, 18 & 25, 2022.  6-9 pm

Classes will meet at the Ua Extension Auditorium at 2301 S. University Ave., Little Rock.   Seating is limited, and registration is required.  Contact the Pulaski County Extension Office at 501-340-6650 to sign up.  Download the details.

Costs for the entire short course is $30.

We offer Complete Beekeeping Short Courses periodically around the state.

  • These courses are open to anyone interested in honey bees or beekeeping.  
  • No prior experience with bees is necessary to participate.
  • Classes will cover everything a person needs to know to begin keeping bees safely and successfully.  
  • Most short courses consist of three class sessions, with new information presented in each class, building on what has already been covered. 
  • All short courses are taught by UA Extension apiculture specialist Dr. Jon Zawislak, an EAS-certified Master Beekeeper.

Beekeeping has a steep learning curve for the novice, and there is a lot of material to cover. 

  • The first class will introduce the bee hive, basic tools and equipment, and protective clothing, as well as present an overview of important honey bee biology and behaviors. 
  • The second class will cover seasonal colony management, laws and regulations, and honey production. 
  • The final session covers honey bee health, hive pests, and bee diseases.  Knowledge of these areas are (unfortunately) now an essential part of beekeeper education.  

Because the beekeeping industry is always changing to adapt to new challenges, these classes can  be a great refresher course for experienced beekeepers, who may learn some new techniques or better understand the behavior of their bees. 

Class participants are also encouraged to meet and socialize with others who share their interest in the amazing honey bee.  Numerous beekeeping clubs and associations meet regularly throughout Arkansas, providing members with continuing opportunities to socialize, share, and learn.  If you are looking for information on local area beekeeper club meetings, visit the website of the Arkansas Beekeepers Association to find a group near you.

If there are no classes scheduled in your area, visit with your local County Extension agent to see it's possible to schedule one in the future.

Beekeeping Basics Podcast Series

Whether you are brand new to beekeeping or looking for a refresher course, these informative podcasts will help get you up to speed and help improve your knowledge and understanding of the honey bee and essential beekeeping practices.  Listen to each lesson online or download them to your device and listen anywhere.

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Options for Online Beekeeping Instruction:

Penn State Extension  Beekeeping 101

North Carolina State Beekeeper Education & Engagement System (BEES)

University of Florida Extension Online Master Beekeeper Program

Cornell Master Beekeeping Program Online

University of Montana Online Beekeeping Courses

University of California Cooperative Extension Online Beekeeping Course

Important Announcement

With continued spread of COVID-19 cases, The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture is taking precautions until further notice to ensure safe and healthy learning environments for our clientele.  With that in mind we have chosen to suspend all planned beekeeping classes and public events until further notice.  We recognize that this may be an inconvenience. However, this decision is being made out of concern for everyone’s health and well-being.

Thank you for your understanding. Please contact Jon Zawislak at or 501-671-2222 if you have any questions about beekeeping.