Michigan State University Extension's 2024 Heroes to Hives Beekeeping Workshops

MSU Pollinator Performance Center, 4090 N. College Rd., Building #0470E, Lansing, MI 48910
Tuesday, May 7, 4-5 p.m. RESCHEDULED FOR MAY 8
Tuesday, June 4, 4-5 p.m.
Tuesday, July 9, 4-5 p.m.

MSU Veterans Therapy Garden, 801 Hazen St., Paw Paw, MI 49079
Wednesday, May 29, 5:30-7 p.m.
Wednesday, July 31, 5:30-7 p.m.

MSU Tollgate Farm & Education Center, 28115 Meadowbrook Rd., Novi, MI 48377
Tuesday, May 14, 4-5 p.m.
Tuesday, July 23, 4-5 p.m.

Join Michigan State University (MSU) for one or more Heroes to Hives beekeeping workshops. The hands-on session will cover hive handling, colony inspection, and seasonal beekeeping management.

Members of Great Plains Master Beekeeping can count this workshop toward field training hours.

MSU is able to offer 2024 Heroes to Hives workshops free of charge thanks to a grant from USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture and donations.

This event is subject to change or cancelation due to weather or other circumstances.


  • Registration is required.
  • Michigan State University Extension's Heroes to Hives workshops are only open to Veterans, Reservists, Active Duty and National Guard members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their adult children, living and surviving spouses, partners, and caregivers. Participants aren't required to be actively enrolled in Michigan Food & Farming System's Heroes to Hives program.
  • This event is only for adults (18 years or older).
  • Participants are encouraged to arrive with their own protective gear/clothing. MSU will have veiled beekeeping jackets (sizes M and XXL) for participants to borrow, but protection from stings is not guaranteed.
  • Participants should not bring any other beekeeping equipment besides a beekeeping veil or suit due to biosecurity concerns. Previously used leather gloves will not be permitted.
  • All participants are expected to understand that there is a risk of being stung. If you have ever experienced an allergic reaction to an insect sting, you must receive clearance from a medical professional and the program instructor prior to the event.


This work is supported by the Enhancing Agricultural Opportunities for Military Veterans grant, award no. 2021-77028-35274 from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

This work is supported by the Crop Protection and Pest Management Program [grant no 2021-70006-35450] from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

Thank you to the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development for securing funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for Michigan State University to implement strategies in the Michigan Managed Pollinator Protection Plan.

Registration for 2024 Heroes to Hives Beekeeping Workshops is open.

Registration closes at 11:59 p.m. ET on July 30, 2024.


Michigan State University is committed to providing equal opportunity for participation in all programs, services and activities. Accommodations for persons with disabilities may be requested by contacting the event contact two weeks prior to the start of the event. Requests received after this date will be honored whenever possible.

Contact Information

If you have questions about this event, contact Ana Heck at heckanar@msu.edu.