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This class is FULL, but put your name on our waitlist incase we get an opening. And if enough people are on the waitlist, we may be able to create a second class later in the year.

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Making Nucs and Splits CLASS

TUITION: $25 and a current MSBA membership

PREREQUISITE: Minimum of one year/season of beekeeping

DATE: Saturday, March 02, 2019

TIME: 9:00am - 4:00pm

LOCATION: University of Maryland / Plant Sciences Building  /  Room 1130  / 4291 Fieldhouse Dr. /  College Park, MD 20742

CLASS SIZE: Limited to the first 40 members who enroll.

DESCRIPTION: Start making your own Splits and Nucs (and stop buying bees!). This course will cover basics of splitting and making nucleus colonies commonly used in small scale operations.  We will explain the pros and cons of various methods, so you will have a full arsenal of options to keep your apiary sustainable. From Snelgrove to Disselkoen, varroa to winter woes, doubles to mating, we'll guide you through the important skills. This is a classroom setting, so no bee suits needed.


  • How and when to make splits
  • Splits for Varroa control
  • Even splits
  • Walkaway Splits
  • OTS  (On The Spot) Split
  • Snelgrove splitting method
  • Nucs as a resource
  • Production nucs
  • Double nucs / Overwintering nucs


9:000:30Kim Mehalick Intro to class, administrivia, Why Split?, advantages of splitting, timing in maryland
9:300:45Nathalie SteinhauerScience reason for splits : varroa control, healthy hives, statistical information from BIP
10:250:40Mark DykesEven and walkaway splits
11:050:30Kim MehalickSnellgrove method
11:350:45David ClarkOTS method
13:050:30Mark DykesMaking a nuc in your own yard: what to look for when you purchase one
13:350:45Larry TruchonThe Sustainable Apiary
14:300:45Jim FrasierNuc Production
15:150:45Phil SerafinasOverwintering Nucs
16:00--Drive Home Safely
  • Light snacks will be provided
  • Bringing your own lunch is recommended but the Stamp Student Union is a short walk with fast food options LINK
  • If UMD is closed due to weather, the class will be postponed.
  • If UMD is delayed for 2 hours, we will start ONE HOUR later, at 10 am
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