Bee School 2018 at Cedar Cottage Garden

Cedar Cottage Garden
Victoria Drive at Hull St., Vancouver (map link)

Cedar Cottage Garden is located in East Vancouver, not far from Trout Lake.  The honeybees here are integrated into a comprehensive community garden that embraces native bee species and native plants along side conventional vegetable, herb and flower gardens.  This is a great setting to learn community hive management or how to care for bees in your own backyard.

The Bee School Certificate course offers 20 hours of instruction in eight sessions. Roughly one third of the time is spent in lecture with the remainder hands on with the bees.  Because beekeeping is weather dependent some sessions might lean more heavily in one direction more than another with the overall pattern being more practical than theoretical.

There are many benefits to joining the Bee School aside from the excellent level of training given: Brian will make hive visits to your apiary whenever feasible to help you get established, to install bees or to problem solve a bee disease issue; students, current and former, can ask the Bee School bee and hive management questions (via email is best); there is advanced instruction offered to those who have passed the introductory level of certification; if you are keen on bees such as Blue Orchard Mason Bees, Bumblebees and other local native species or in pollination ecology the Bee School and Blessed Bee are actively engaged in numerous bee conservation projects; and there is a standing invitation to all who join the Bee School to attend the honey harvest.

If you are curious about the natural world and want to take a guided journey into the amazing life of honeybees or long for a deeper connection to ecology to understand the complexities of pollination and pollinators then this course is for you.  You don’t need to be a beekeeper to learn about honeybees or to appreciate their amazing abilities or to get a tremendous amount of knowledge from taking this program.  Whether you know not a thing about bees but want to take up the craft or are already an experienced beekeeper the Bee School Certificate program emphasizes good apicultural practices to get you started right or to renew your commitment to beekeeping excellence.


Fees are $300.00, includeing a beekeeping manual and the loan of protective gear during our sessions (Veil, gloves and coveralls if necessary). Participants must also contribute a $5 membership fee to Cedar Cottage Garden to be covered under liability insurance.

Dates and Times:

Saturdays from 9:30am to 12:30pm

    • May 19
    • June 2
    • June 16
    • June 30
    • July 14
    • July 28
    • August 11
    • August 25

Register for the 2018 course here!