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Honey Bee Microscope Workshop

Bee Workshops

UMass Extension offers workshops on honey bee health, biology and management.

Check out our upcoming workshops:


Honey Bees Under the Microscope

Dissect a bee to learn about honey bee internal and external anatomy

  • Topics covered: how to use a dissecting microscope, how to dissect a bee, how to identify internal and external bee anatomy

  • Each participant takes home a dissecting kit! (includes forceps, pins, petri dish, etc. - everything but the microscope :))

  • 10am-4pm

  • $50 fee covers dissecting kits, handouts and light refreshments. Bring your own lunch. 

Upcoming Dates:

  • November 2, 2019 - Gordon College (Wenham MA) - FULL (email Hannah Whitehead at to be added to the waitlist)
  • March 7, 2020 - UMass Amherst (Amherst MA) - Sign up HERE
  • April 4, 2020 - Central MA, Location TBD - Sign up HERE


microscope workshop april 6 2019


Fight the Mite!

This full-day, interactive workshop, co-hosted by the MDAR Apiary Team and UMass Extension, will leave you prepared to control Varroa in your hives. It will include:

  • HANDS-ON DEMOS showing how to apply miticides and use non-chemical tools. 
  • Demos of proper SAFETY procedures.
  • Practice creating an INTEGRATED PEST MANAGEMENT (IPM) plan.
  • Participants will be challenged with a HANDS-ON CASE STUDY, in which they will have to make mite management decisions and apply mock chemicals.


  • 9am-5pm (full day, bring lunch!)
  • Each participant will bring home an alcohol wash kit, safety goggles, a folder with mite management materials and a bee-themed t-shirt
  • $50 cost covers equipment, print materials, t-shirts and light refreshments

Upcoming Dates:

  • May 2, 2020 - UMass Amherst (Amherst MA) - Sign up HERE


Fight the mite photo 1


Photos from past workshops!

Honey Bees Under the Microscope, April 6

Photos from microscope workshop


Fight the Mite, May 4

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