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Michigan, Missouri, Minnesota and Nebraska.


What makes Heroes to Hives unique?

Heroes to Hives is a unique program through Michigan State University Extension that seeks to address financial and personal wellness of veterans through professional training and community development centered around beekeeping. Veterans leave our program with a broad depth of beekeeping knowledge, as well as personal and professional relationships that open up new opportunities and ensure long-term peer support.

Heroes to Hives students participate in a 9-month comprehensive education program that couples online lectures with hands-on learning in our Heroes to Hives apiaries located across Michigan, Missouri, Minnesota and Nebraska. Students receive 2-6 hours of lecture content every month from March-November that is pre-recorded, so that they can learn at their own pace. Online instruction is then couple with on-ground training April-October on hive handling, hive inspections, pest and pathogen management, and beekeeping ergonomics. Students who complete the course are eligible to receive a certificate of completion from MSU and can transfer credits to the Great Plains Master Beekeeping Course offered through the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Who can sign up to participate?

Heroes to Hives is open to all US veterans, active duty personnel, National Guard, and reservists across the globe. Whether you are retired at home or active duty far away from home we welcome you to the Heroes to Hives program. Although our curriculum is specifically focused on beekeeping in Michigan veterans in any location will gain valuable knowledge on honey bee biology, colony biology, pest and pathogen management, and overwintering. Out of state students are also welcome to join us at our on-ground classes in Michigan.


Veterans- inquire about 2022 Today!-


What type of activities?

Professional training and community development centered around beekeeping


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