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4-H Beekeeping Project

Have you wanted to explore the habitats of bees?  Do you wonder which plants bees like to pollinate?  Do you want to know how bees make honey?  Then the 4-H Beekeeping project is right up your alley. You will learn about the world of bees and have fun doing it.

Project Units

Project units 1-3 are designed for members 8-18 years old.

Unit 1:

Inspiring youth to:

  • Shadow an experienced beekeeper and learn to use equipment, open the hive, and clean up procedures.
  • Learn about the history of beekeeping and why honey bees are valuable
  • Learn about the three different types of honey bees, their anatomy and life stages
  • Observe what happens at the entrance of a hive. See the different activities of the honey bee.
  • Catalogue various species of flowers and observe the bees landing on the blooms.
  • Lease, obtain equipment and take care of honey bees.

Unit 2:

Inspiring youth to:

  • Learn the various ways of obtaining bees and take care of a beehive of your own for a full year
  • Learn about the various diseases and mites common to honey bees
  • Visit Beekeepers Association meetings and join a community of beekeepers.
  • Keep records of the honey bees activities. their conditions, equipment, finances, and your labor
  • Learn how to manage a bee hive and how to keep them alive and healthy.
  • Learn how to extract honey and market it for sale.

Unit 3:

Inspiring youth to:

  • Learn advanced techniques for taking care of bee hives.
  • Learn how to keep a strong, populous colonies with young queens and the art of
  • labeling your queens and requeening when needed
  • Learn how to manage mites and other issues with the honey bees.
  • Keep record sheets of your work and expenses.
  • Learn how to split colonies and increase your hive numbers

Project tips:

  • It is recommended that you finish Unit 1 before beginning Unit 2
  • For Unit 1 it is recommended to get the book The New Starting Right with Bees and read it as you complete the unit.
  • For Unit 2 it is recommended that you subscribe to Beekeeper magazines such as American Bee Journal or Bee Culture, and you may want to get the book Honey Bee Biology and Beekeeping and The Hive and the Honey Bee.

Record Books:

We have more information about how to fill out your record books here (link opens in a new tab).

Unit 1 Record Book (click to download)

All other units Record books Excel (click to download)

All other units Record books PDF (link opens in a new tab)

Manuals:

Unit 1 Manual (links opens in a new tab)

Unit 2 Manual (link opens in a new tab)

Unit 3 Manual (link opens in a new tab)

Upcoming Event: History of Beekeeping

Guest Speaker – Lorna McCallister from The Butterfly Pavilion

A special presentation open to all 4-H members.

All 4-H members are invited to attend “The History of Beekeeping.” Special guest Lorna McCallister from The Butterfly Pavilion will provide an educational insight into beekeeping. Registration is required here.

Date: April 20th, 6:30pm – 7:30pm
Location: McKee Building

View a PDF flyer here (opens in a new tab)

Temporary Office Closure

Our office is closed Monday, February 21st, 2022.

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