Heroes to Hives

Heroes to Hives Online Course

Registration for the 2022 online course will open in November, 2021. Please return to the Heroes to Hives webpage in November for more information about enrollment. 

The Heroes to Hives online course has 9 modules, which include pre-recorded lecture videos, instructional videos, articles, and quizzes.

The online course is self-paced, allowing students to review course materials at their own pace and on their own schedules. There are no live or synchronous sessions. 

The Heroes to Hives online course is open to all U.S. Veterans, Active Duty Military Personnel, National Guard Members, and Reservists across the globe, as well as their eligible dependents (spouses and children at least 18 years of age of participating U.S. Veterans, Active Duty Military Personnel, National Guard Members, and Reservists).

Students who complete the online course are eligible to receive a downloadable certificate of completion from Michigan State University Extension and can transfer credits to Great Plains Master Beekeeping.

Whether you are retired at home or active duty far away, we welcome you to the Heroes to Hives online course. 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.

Heroes to Hives On-Ground Training

On-ground training will be held in Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, and Nebraska. Training typically runs April-October and covers hive handling, colony inspections, pest and pathogen management, and beekeeping ergonomics. Students can choose to participate in one or many sessions. 

Students who are enrolled in the online course will receive information in the spring about on-ground sessions. We will also announce in the spring which states have the capacity to accept out-of-state students in their on-ground sessions.

It is not necessary to participate in the on-ground training to receive the certificate of completion for the online course. Many of our students only participate in the online course portion of the program.

Community building is a specific focus of the Heroes to Hives on-ground training, and our veteran-centered approach to teaching and engagement allows veterans to feel comfortable and supported in a peer network of veteran beekeepers.

Learn more about Heroes to Hives