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CANCELED: Hands-on Beekeeping Class with Randy Oliver

May 20, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance is excited to have Randy Oliver lead this hand-on beekeeping class. Randy is a commercial beekeeper who utilizes research, data and science into his beekeeping to keep his bees healthy and productive throughout the year. In this class Randy will focus on diagnosing problems, figuring out why they happened and how to move forward to end up with a productive colony.

This class will happen rain or shine. In case of inclement weather, we will move indoors and Randy will either do a presentation, microscopy session, Q&A, or a combination of all of those. Don’t miss your chance to learn from one of the world’s most recognizable beekeepers.

Presenter Bio:

Randy Oliver owns and operates a small commercial beekeeping enterprise in the foothills of Grass Valley in Northern California. He and his two sons manage about 1500 colonies for migratory pollination and produce queens, nucs, and honey. He has over 50 years of practical beekeeping experience, plus holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Biological Sciences. Randy researches, analyzes, and digests beekeeping information from all over the world in order to not only broaden his own depth of understanding and knowledge, but to develop practical solutions to many of today’s beekeeping problems, which he then shares with other beekeepers through his various articles in bee magazines, his speaking engagements worldwide, and on his website:

Please note: Personal protective gear is required for this class (a beekeeping veil at minimum). If you do not have your own veil, we have a limited amount available to borrow. If you would like to borrow a veil please contact us after you sign up to check availability and reserve a veil.

Scholarships are available! Please fill out this Scholarship Application (link opens in a new tab) or contact Mattie Wilson at for more information. The deadline to apply for a scholarship is Sunday, April 30th at 5:00pm CST.

Accommodations: When you register for this workshop you will be asked to provide any accommodations requests. If you have any questions or would like to request an additional accommodation, please contact at least 72 hours prior to the event start.

Please read our updated Covid-19 protocols (link opens in a new tab).

Please note that reservations are required to visit the indoor and outdoor gardens of the Conservatory. If you’d like to visit the Conservatory immediately after participating in this program, book your visit here (link opens in a new tab).

For all fee-based programs and tours, we are able to provide full refunds up to two weeks prior to the program date. Within two weeks, we can offer a credit for a future class, or a refund in the event that we have a waitlist for the program and we can fill your spot.


May 20, 2023
10:00 am - 11:30 am
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