Beekeeping Classes

HPEC is excited to announce our first Beekeeping Class series led by Donald Studinski of

A bit about the course:

HPEC will host the 2018 classes which accommodates classroom training and hands-on learning with living bees on the same property! You will not pay for the whole year up front, rather, each class will be $40 per student and you come to what you want to attend. Generally, we will be using the 2nd Sunday each month. Two hours (or so) of classroom training with slides from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. followed by an hour of hands-on training with the bees just outside the classroom.

1. 02/11 02:00 PM to 05:00 – Where Honeybees Come From followed by Hives and tools.
2. 03/11 02:00 PM to 05:00 – Feeding and Decorating followed by First Inspection … bad weather
backup date 03/18 02:00 PM – 05:00
3. 03/20 07:00 PM to 09:00 – Spring Equinox … meal together; campfire?
4. 04/28 02:00 PM to 05:00 – Hive Tour by Slides followed by Install bees
5. 05/02 04:00 PM to 06:00 – no slides, Release queens
6. 05/06 02:00 PM to 05:00 – Swarms followed by Verify Laying … backup date 05/13 02:00 PM to 05:00
7. 05/19 02:00 PM to 05:00 – no slides, Mite Check … backup date 05/27 02:00 PM to 05:00
8. 06/10 02:00 PM to 05:00 – Moving Honeybees followed by Recognizing Cells
9. 06/21 07:00 PM to 09:00 – Summer Solstice … meal together; campfire?
10. 07/14 09:00 AM to 03:00 PM – no slides, Tour of hives
11. 07/15 02:00 PM to 05:00 – Splitting Honeybee Colonies (and merging) followed by a Real Merge
12. 08/12 02:00 PM to 05:00 – Disease, Parasite and Pest followed by Mite Count
13. 09/09 02:00 PM to 05:00 – Mite Treatment Options followed by Harvest
14. 09/22 07:00 PM to 09:00 – Fall Equinox … meal together; campfire?
15.10/14 02:00 PM to 05:00 – How to Become CNG followed by Candy Photos (maybe kitchen time)
16.12/21 07:00 PM to 09:00 – Human and Honeybee History in Parallel followed by Winter Solstice … meal together; campfire?

*Equinox and Solstice locations are TBD*

     Students are encouraged, but not required, to purchase and manage 2 hives with a colony of honeybees in each hive. The reasons for this will become clear as the year progresses.

*Beekeeping veil, jacket, gloves, hive tool and smoker are additional expenses.*

A bit about Don:

     Don Studinski, is an entrepuneur directing his full-time efforts toward
everything related to flying, stinging insects, especially honeybees. He provides Certified Naturally Grown products created locally in Colorado including Slow Honey, Slow Honey Limited, Slow Comb and Slow Wax. The “slow” branding is a reference to his commitment to doing business locally both as a vendor and as a consumer. He also provides services including pollination, honeybee and wasp live removal, teaching and consulting. Don is the author of Beekeeping Mentor In A Book, published in September of 2014. He has also written about beekeeping for Bee Culture magazine, Living  Systems Institute, Selene River Press and Pesticide Action Network.
Don has a BS in Computer Science and an MS in Computer Information Systems. He spent his computer career working for IBM, StorageTek, and McKesson as a programmer, manager and director. He has also owned and operated his own t-shirt and embroidery business.
Today, Don spends his time as a beekeeper all over Colorado. Don’s
beekeeping focus is to raise a healthy population of bees throughout
the front range and into the mountains. His next product, Slow Skin
Cream is under development.

A message from Don:

What you need to be doing now:
1. Order your Carniolan bees. I’ve arranged to get you a bargain price: $120 per package. If you want to take advantage of this, I need to know right away. I’ll place the order on 2/7/2018. I prefer that you order 2 colonies for the good of your education.

You’ll send your check to me at:
Honeybee Keep
4170 Plum Creek Drive
Loveland, CO 80538

2. Commit to inspecting your bees at least weekly.
3. Get your hive hardware and assemble it. I highly recommend that you order all medium boxes (at least 4 per colony) and all 8-frame. Get the frames with plasticell foundation (I recommend black). Don’t forget a top, inner cover and bottom board (I recommend solid).
4. If you want me to order and build your hive boxes, I’ll do that if there’s enough to make it make sense. Hive boxes, top, inner cover and bottom board $200, assembly another $100, includes painting. For frames, buy them assembled or assemble them yourself. I can show you how.
5. Remember, this is agriculture and it’s weather dependent. There may be last minute schedule changes.
6. April and May will be intense: install, release, inspect, OA vapor.
7. Get the clothing and tools you need. At a minimum: Jacket, veil, gloves, hive tool, smoker (I’ll show you what I recommend). If you have my book, please read Tools of the Trade before our February class.

Our next class is:
February 11, 2018 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. (last part may be outside if the weather allows).
Slide presentation: Where do honeybees come from?
Hands-on will be about the hardware and the tools you need. I’ll have examples of everything on hand.


Please let me know if you want to participate or not; it will help me to plan.
Thanks for your interest in being a serious beekeeper! This will be a rewarding year! Email Don at to sign up or find out more about the course.
Thanks for your interest in being a serious beekeeper! This will be a rewarding year!