Kalamazoo Bee School 2020
The annual Bee School strives to raise awareness and share knowledge on sustainable beekeeping and industry best practices, through presentations and networking between beginner and well-seasoned beekeepers, as well as vendors of equipment and supplies. This event is organized by volunteers and members of the Kalamazoo Bee Club and supported by local sponsors. Thanks volunteers and sponsors!
WHEN: Saturday, February 15 | 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
WHERE: Kalamazoo Valley Community College | 6767 West O Ave., Kalamazoo, MI (map)
REGISTRATION: Use the button below to register online
Bee School is a full day of education for beekeepers of all levels of experience — from new-bees to advanced beekeepers. The day will start with a keynote address in the auditorium for everyone to attend followed by a series of breakout sessions on a variety of topics. More details of the day events and a list of session topics will be publish as they become available.
A variety of beekeeper supply vendors will be set up at Bee School, so start making your wish list now!
This year’s Bee School is made possible in part by a generous in-kind donation from Kalamazoo Valley Community College. The Kalamazoo Bee Club looks forward to a continued partnership with KVCC in presenting quality education for area beekeepers.
Keynote Speaker: Dr. James Tew
Called the ‘Mark Twain of Beekeeping,’ Dr. James E. Tew is an Emeritus faculty member of The Ohio State University Entomology Department where he was the Extension Beekeeping Specialist for 33 years. He also contracted with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, Auburn University for twenty-five years as their beekeeping specialist. Jim has taught classes, provided extension services, and conducted applied research on honey bees and honey bee behavior – specifically pollination. He received the first EAS Roger A. Morse Teaching / Extension / Regulatory Award. He contributes monthly articles for national beekeeping publications and has written: Beekeeping Principles, Wisdom for Beekeepers, The Beekeeper’s Problem Solver, and Backyard Beekeeping. He is a frequent speaker at state and national meetings and has traveled extensively to observe beekeeping techniques.