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Open Apiary Days

Cass working with bees

ISU is hosting monthly Open Apiary Days in partnership with the Great Plains Master Beekeeper Program. Join us in our honey apiary to sharpen your beekeeping skills and discuss best management practices as we conduct our monthly hive inspections. Moreover, these visits can be logged as volunteer hours for those participating in the Great Plains Master Beekeeper program. 

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The ISU Horticulture Research Station 

55519 170th Street 
Ames, IA 50010  

Dress Code

Please come dressed appropriately for beekeeping. Bring your own beekeeping protective gear (veil, jacket, bee suit) or borrow one of our veil jackets and come dressed in long sleeves, long pants, and close-toed shoes. It is also highly recommended that visitors avoid wearing black or dark-colored clothing (this includes socks) and avoid strong-smelling perfumes and deodorants that could irritate the bees. 


The university asks us to have visitors engaging in hands-on beekeeping activities to sign a liability waiver, recognizing that honey bees are a stinging insect and acknowledging the risks related to beekeeping. 

2024 Agenda

We will be hosting Open Apiary every month, June-October

June 20th, 5:30-7:00pm

July 18th, 5:30-7:00pm

August 15th, 5:30-7:00pm

September 19th, 5:30-7:00pm

October 17th, 5:30-7:00pm 

Please reach out to with any questions. Dates may have to change due to our research schedule, but we will make efforts to update this page as needed and notify participants through the emailing list.