Heroes to Hives

Heroes to Hives is a unique program offered through Michigan State University Extension that seeks to address financial and personal wellness of veterans through professional training and community development centered around beekeeping.

Online Course Events Beekeeping & Pollinators


Michigan Food & Farming Systems (MIFFS) oversees the Heroes to Hives program and runs the online portion of the program. Michigan State University Extension (MSU Extension) provides in-hive beekeeping workshops for participants and contribute educational materials.

Registration for Heroes to Hives

Veterans, Reservists, Active Duty and National Guard members of the U.S. Armed Forces are eligible for the program, and they are allowed to enroll their adult children, spouses, partners and caregivers. Gold Star families and surviving spouses are also eligible to register. Registration is open through MIFFS at www.HeroesToHives.com from Nov. 1, 2023, through Feb. 28, 2024. Past Heroes to Hives participants are welcome to register.

Heroes to Hives Online Program

The online portion of the Heroes to Hives program is run by Michigan Food & Farming Systems (MIFFS). MIFFS will email enrolled participants educational content monthly from March through November 2024.

Heroes to Hives In-Hive Beekeeping Workshops

Michigan State University (MSU) Extension and other Heroes to Hives partners host in-hive beekeeping workshops. MSU Extension's workshops cover beginning and seasonal beekeeping topics like hive handling, colony inspections, and pest and pathogen management.

Heroes to Hives workshops offered by Michigan State University Extension

Michigan State University (MSU) Extension concluded all of its Heroes to Hives workshops for the 2023 beekeeping season. MSU Extension Heroes to Hives workshop offerings in 2024 will be posted to this webpage when the workshops are scheduled.

MSU Extension's page of pollinator & pollination events includes webinars and beekeeping workshops that are open to the public.


This work is supported by the Enhancing Agricultural Opportunities for Military Veterans grant, award no. 2021-77028-35274 from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture.