It’s Showtime! January is the time for beekeeping education

You can’t keep a good beekeeper down! Not even when the weather turns cool and the skies turn gray. January is the time for beekeeping education. So, here are two opportunities just around the corner that will get you and your students fired up. beepods unit in the snow

2020 North American Honey & Pollinator Summit and Trade Show, January 7-11, Sacramento, California

Presented by American Honey Producers Association and the Canadian Honey Council, this conference features sessions on beekeeping and pollinator topics. A screening of the movie The Pollinators will be held on Wednesday, January 8. This documentary follows migratory beekeepers and their truckloads of honey bees as they travel across the country. As well as the film, the trade show is billed as one of the best in the country. In addition, educators will also enjoy attending the Sacramento History Museum Dinner on January 9. The building is a replica of Sacramento’s 1854 City Hall and Waterworks building. Volunteers will play the part of historical characters from the time of the gold rush. 

2020 American Beekeeping Federation Conference and Tradeshow, January 8-11, Schaumburg, Illinois

Discover the future of beekeeping with exhibitors, industry experts, and researchers. Here, learn best practices by networking with 900+ beekeepers. Not only can you learn, but on Friday, January 10, elementary-age children can attend the free Kids and Bees educational program. This is held at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel. The program has been a feature of the trade show for the past 20 years and it’s a favorite of school groups and scouts. Students will learn about the art and science of beeswax, honey, pollination, and more.  Also, keynote speakers at the conference include:

  •  Dr. Samuel Ramsey from the University of Maryland. Known as Dr. Buggs for his YouTube science video series, Dr. Ramsey makes complex ideas understandable and has done extensive research on what is killing honeybees. 
  •  Dr. Jonathan Lundgren from Blue Dasher Farm. Forced out of his position at the USDA for publishing research cautioning against the use of pesticides, Dr. Lundgren is a well-regarded scientist and author. 
  • Dr. May Berenbaum from the University of Illinois. Dr. Berenbaum wrote the book on bees. Actually, she wrote two books and her research has produced over 230 scientific publications and 35 book chapters. 

Get fired up this new year by attending a beekeeping conference. January is the time for beekeeping education. Whether you bring your students or not, you will love meeting fellow beekeepers and getting ideas on how to maintain a healthy hive.

But, don’t stop learning after the conference!

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