MSU Extension Beekeeping Camp

This residential academic camp covers all the topics a new beekeeper needs to know to start keeping bees. We accept campers age 10 through adults for this 5-day intergenerational camp. Parents are encouraged to attend with their young beekeepers. Camp is held on campus at the Clay Lyle Entomology Building.

Topics include: getting started with bees; finding, marking and clipping the queen; seasonal management; stings and colony defense; diseases, pests, and parasites; harvesting honey; honey and pollen in human nutrition (myths and truths); basic bee biology; queen rearing (quality, grafting, and requeening); specialty honey; protecting combs; bee communication (you will do the waggle dance); swarm management; gustation of honey in bees and humans; processing honey and wax; how to buy bees; and a trip to a commercial apiary or bee yard. A unique topic includes hygienic behavior in honey bees, a natural defense against parasitic mites. Mites are possibly the greatest obstacle facing bees and the use of hygienic bees reduces the need for miticides. We will continue to assist campers after camp! 

Camp is led by Drs. Jeff Harris and John Guyton.

Date: Sunday, June 18, 2017 (All day) - Thursday, June 22, 2017 (All day)

Who is eligible: 

Anyone age 10 and up including 4-Hers and Agents, teachers and nature center educators interested in beekeeping.

Type: Overnight Camp

Sponsoring Unit: 

The Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Entomology and Plant Pathology Department

Other Information: 

We provide beekeeping suites for use during camp.




Dr. John Guyton


For More Information: 

See the Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Entomology, and Plant Pathology website for more information and an application form.