Thanks to a grant from the Honeybee Conservancy, College of DuPage in Illinois has installed a beehive in a natural area on the east side of campus.

An eight-week beekeeping class is coming to New River Community and Technical College’s Nicholas County Campus beginning Monday, Feb. 25.

Fred Williams, a local and experienced beekeeper according to New River CTC staff, will lead the Monday evening classes from 6 to 8 p.m.

"This course benefits beekeepers with limited experience by teaching how to become a better beekeeper. Topics to be covered include: Decisions made by the beekeeper; beekeeping equipment, bee biology and colony organization; installing package bees, inspections, and colony examination; diseases, parasites, pests, and their control; spring and summer management; removal, processing, and marketing honey; and fall and winter management," a press release stated.

"Participants will also have the option to take a field trip to a local apiary."

The cost for the class is $125, and pre-registration is required by Wednesday, Feb. 20.

For more information about community education classes at New River CTC or to register, visit or contact Gloria Kincaid at 304-793-6101 or or Jeanne Stone at 304-883-2469 or

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