Beekeeping 101 teaches basics, connects new beekeepers to experts in the industry

Altoona, Iowa (March 10, 2023) – Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach in Polk County will offer Beekeeping 101 on Monday, March 27 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Polk County Extension office in Altoona. Participants will learn the basics of beekeeping and receive guidance on whether beekeeping is right for them. This program is open to the public, but space is limited. Registration is required by Thursday, March 23 and the $15 fee is due upon registering. 

“This course is perfect for people who are thinking about beekeeping and will offer enough information to help them get started,” said Stephanie Harrington, natural resources program coordinator for ISU Extension and Outreach in Polk County. “Individuals who have a desire to learn more about one of Iowa’s most important pollinators are also encouraged to attend!” 

Beekeeping 101 will be led by ISU Agriculture Specialist, Zack Koopman and he will provide an overview of what it takes to become a beekeeper, the type of equipment needed, where to keep beehives, and any financial opportunities that can come from beekeeping.

Master Conservationist registration still open
In addition to Beekeeping 101, ISU Extension in Polk County is still taking applications for the spring 2023 Master Conservationist cohort. This eight-week program, conducted in partnership with Polk County Conservation, teaches about Iowa’s natural resources, conservation challenges, and opportunities that exist in the region.

“The goal of the Master Conservationist program is to create a pipeline of educated individuals that can serve as a go-to resource about local conservation,” said Harrington. “By completing in the program, participants will have the knowledge to help improve Iowa’s natural resources for generations to come.” 

Graduates of the course learn to make informed choices to lead, educate, and encourage others to improve conservation in Iowa. Cost is $95.00 and is due at the time of registration. Online registration is required and open through March 20, 2023, or until course is full.  

For more information about Beekeeping 101, Master Conservationists or other agriculture and natural resources programming reach out to Harrington at or visit


About ISU Extension and Outreach in Polk County 
For over 100 years, ISU Extension and Outreach in Polk County has served its residents by connecting them to research and resources developed by Iowa State University. Knowledge and programs offered through the ISU Extension Polk County office have been specifically tailored to represent, enhance, and meet the needs of Polk County residents and community. For 2022 ISU Extension in Polk County will focus on local issues including:     K-12 youth outreach; family and food; and agriculture and the environment. ISU Extension and Outreach in Polk County is a part of a 99-county campus backed by research to serve all Iowans to create a strong Iowa.