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Learn All About the Sweet Life: Become a Beekeeper

EVERETT, Wash. – Washington State University Snohomish County Extension and Beez Neez Apiary Supply are sponsoring a five-week Master Beekeeper apprentice level course beginning April 6. It’s the last time the popular class will be presented until the fall.

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The course provides a thorough introduction to beekeeping for novice beekeepers as well as a comprehensive refresher course for experienced apiculturists.

The course will be held Monday evenings, April 6 through May 4, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at WSU Snohomish County Extension, McCollum Park, 600 – 128th St. S.E. in Everett.

Designed to build basic beekeeping skills, the topics covered will include bee biology, equipment, seasonal management requirements, identification and management of pests, as well as honey removal and processing. The overall focus will hone in on the unique challenges and benefits to beekeeping in the Pacific Northwest.

A workshop manual complements the lectures. Participants completing the course and passing the Washington State Apprentice Beekeeper level exam (open book test) will receive a certificate towards the Journey and Master Beekeeper levels.

The instructor is local beekeeper and WSU Snohomish County Extension entomologist Dave Pehling. In addition, Master Beekeeper Jim Tunnell, owner of Beez Neez Apiary in Snohomish, will provide testing assistance and expertise.

The class size is limited and expected to fill quickly. The cost for the five-week course is $50 per person. To register, contact Karie Christensen at 425/338-2400, or email her at You may also download the registration form at and mail it with your check.

For more information on the course, contact Dave Pehling,, (425) 357-6019.


Media Contacts

Dave Pehling, WSU Snohomish County Extension Entomologist, 425-357-6019