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The mission of the Urban Apiculture Institute is to promote honey bees and healthy beekeeping practices in Milwaukee County.

We train beekeepers in practical, successful, and responsible urban beekeeping practices and foster closer relationships among beekeepers. Furthermore, we educate the public about the benefits of bees to our environment and the wonderful products of the hive.

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Urban Apiculture Facts

  • Follow us on Facebook logoKeeping bees in urban areas increases vegetable production in gardens as well as seed production in native wildflower gardens.
  • Keeping gentle European honeybees will dilute the aggressive behavior common in feral honeybee colonies.
  • Honeybees are being kept in at least 5 locations in the City of Milwaukee.
  • Honeybees are being kept in virtually every large urban area in the world including New York, Boston, San Francisco, Detroit, Toronto, London, and Paris.
  • More people die per year from lightning (100) than from insect stings

For more information, contact Linda Reynolds, 414-256-4652,

Students in beekeeping suits standing around a hive


2013 Certified Beekeeping

Dates and details to be determined

Classroom Lecture Series – 2013
Registration for the 2013 class is now closed. You may submit your name for the wait list for 2014 classes.
Both Worker and Queen Level students participate in the classroom lecture series at the Milwaukee County Cooperative Extension office .

Honeybees 101 and Hive Components
Building an Apiary and Hive Management TechniquesSmoking a hive
Disease & Pest Management and Winterization

Hands-on Demonstration: Lighting Smoker & Putting on Gear

August/Early September
Removing Honey from Hives and Honey Extraction (evening lecture)

Opening a hiveThe Queen Experience Level will provide students with hands-on training at the UWEX
Apiary at Firefly Ridge Community Garden, which is located in Wauwatosa.


For more information about the Urban Apiculture Institute or the Certified Beekeeper program, contact Linda Reynolds:

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Harris Byers
Linda Reynolds
Milwaukee County Cooperative Extension
9501 W. Watertown Plank Road, Building A
Wauwatosa, WI 53226-3552


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