Beekeeping Bootcamp

Work alongside Butterfly Pavilion beekeeping experts and other beginner beekeepers, developing the skills necessary to achieve thriving beehives. Beekeeping Bootcamp is qualified through the Colorado State Beekeeping Association (CSBA)!


Interested in Beekeeping Bootcamp in 2021?

Click here to add your email to the info session list and to receive an email with detailed information about our 2021 workshops.

We are planning on hosting again our 5-part beekeeping bootcamp classes and making adjustments for virtual learning as well as safe, modified, in-person time in our apiary in 2021. Classes can be purchased separately or as a package.

2021 Class dates are:

Saturday January 23: Beekeeping Basics - 10am-1pm (all virtual)
Saturday April 10: Package Installation - 10am-1pm - intended to be online and in-person
Saturday June 12: Mid-Season Management and maladies - 10am-1pm - intended to be online and in-person
Saturday August 21: Honey Extraction - 10am-1pm - intended to be online and in-person
Saturday October 9: Preparing for Winter - 10am-1pm - intended to be online and in-person

Email Brittany at with your questions!

How it Works

The Beekeeping Bootcamp series is comprised of 5 three-hour workshops throughout the year taught by Butterfly Pavilion Entomologist and knowledgeable beekeeper, Mario Padilla. You may either take the full series or select single sessions of your choice.

Workshops include instruction and information in the classroom, followed by hands-on practice and observation in the apiary. Workshops will not include hives and beekeeping supplies, but will provide informational materials and supplies are available for purchase in Butterfly Pavilion’s Gift Shop.


Full Series (includes all five workshops)
  • Member: $150
  • Non-member: $165
  • Virtual Only: $75

Sign up a friend or partner and the additional cost for that ONE person is just $50 for members and $75 for non-members!

Single Workshop

  • Member: $35
  • Non-member: $40

2021 Workshop Dates

Workshop 1: Beekeeping Basics – January 23, 2021, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm (all virtual)

Interested in starting a hive? In this session, we’re covering the basics! We will delve into honey bee biology and beekeeping history, learn what equipment is needed, discuss optimal hive locations and gain more practical advice for a crash course that will get you ready for the season.

Workshop 2: Package Installation and Early Season Management – April 10, 2021, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm (online and in-person)

Let’s get these bees settled in! In this session we will cover the practical aspects of getting your hive set up – from acquiring and transporting packages, to installation, to handling. Experience the excitement and learn virtually as together we install a live hive.

Workshop 3: Mid-season Management and Maladies – June 12, 2021, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm (online and in-person)

How are we looking? In this mid-season session, we will check in to see how to manage challenges that come up over the season. Do you need to add room or split a colony? How do you check for swarming or identify a parasite problem? We will discuss all kinds of potential issues that can come up and get to the ‘bottom board’ of how to recognize and solve it.

Workshop 4: Honey Extraction – August 21, 2021, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm (online and in-person)

How sweet it is! This workshop will focus all on honey: how to extract and how much to remove, what to use, how to process it, and of course – how it tastes!

Workshop 5: Preparing for Winter – October 9, 2021, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm (online and in-person)

As you’ve successfully seen your bees over the warm season, it’s time to hunker down and get ready for the frost. We will close out our series by determining all the ways to keep your bees warm, safe and healthy over the cold months.


Meet our Bee Expert

Mario Padilla is an Entomologist from Alamosa, Colorado. He studied bumble bee reproduction during his Master’s work at Penn State University under the advisement of Christina Grozinger. After completing his Master’s he kept 40+ colonies of honey bees for the Grozinger lab as a research technologist. Mario is now working as the Curatorial Entomologist at the Butterfly Pavilion where he oversees the terrestrial invertebrate collection. He is familiar with all aspects of beekeeping and excited to train future keepers about the art and science of keeping bees!

Cancellation Policy

If you are unable to make it to a class, you will still be able to receive all of the class materials. If you purchase the entire course and desire a refund, cancellations with at least 3 business days’ notice will be charged a 10% processing fee, and remainder of cost will be refunded to customer.

No refunds are given for classes missed.

A full refund will be given to the customer if the Butterfly Pavilion cancels a workshop for any reason. If we switch a class to a virtual format, the participant will be 'grandfathered' into the next year's in person class.

Questions? Just ask Brittany at