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Bee Bootcamp: Beekeeping Basics for Veterans

2023 Classes are planned for

Pittsburgh Airport (Allegheny Co.), HAAC in Harrisburg, Keiner's Apiary in Wapwallopen (Luzerne Co)



New in 2023: Beekeeping 101 one day class Saturday, Feb. 25 in Luzerne County. Learn more.


See Events Page for schedules and locations, and to register by February 5 2024.

There is a $10 materials cost for eligible veterans for Bee Bootcamp. You must bring your own hooded bee jacket to each class, and wear long pants and closed two shoes. This class is not appropriate for anyone with a bee sting allergy. 


Samples of topics to be covered in monthly Bee Bootcamp classes:

April/May Nuc Installation 


May  Hive Handling and Inspection Workshop at Forever Heart Apiaries LLC.


June  Hive Inspection, Supering, and Swarm Management Workshop


July  Varroa Mite Monitoring & Management, the Nectar Dearth, and How to Recognize and Stopping Robbing.


August  Hive Splits and Fall Management Workshop:  This workshop will cover fall management or hives and late season splits.


September   Honey Harvest, Combining Colonies, and Winter Preparation Workshop.  Depending on the honey harvest, a honey extraction workshop will be scheduled.


October  Overwintering Workshop

*A veteran  is one who served in the United States Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, or Coast Guard, including the reserve components thereof, and was released from the service under conditions other than dishonorable. Active duty, and current Guard and Reserve members are also eligible for Bee Bootcamp.

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“Beekeeping affords us the opportunity to really kind of engage in a different way with the natural world. You’re not thinking about what happened in Afghanistan or Iraq. You’re thinking about what’s happening right here, right now.” -- Adam Ingrao, director of Heroes to Hives and a fourth-generation soldier.

Rob Mowery (USNR), Forever Heart Apiary LLC;, Steve Repasky and Bob Tatro (ANG), PA Beekeepers Association; Michael Brooker (USMC), Bee Bootcamp Coordinator

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