Adventures in Lifelong Learning to provide introduction to beekeeping

BEMIDJI, Minn. (March 29, 2011) — John Arneson and Les Hiltz will discuss the hobby of beekeeping as part of Bemidji State University’s Adventures in Lifelong Learning lecture series.

The lecture will be held Tuesday, April 5, from 10-11:30 a.m. at Optivation’s off-campus facility at 3801 Bemidji Ave. N. in Bemidji.

Arneson and Hiltz will provide an introduction to the hobby of beekeeping, including the dissection of a hive like those seen as a stack of white boxes in roadside fields during the summer. They also will discuss why beekeeping benefits the environment while providing healthy, delicious honey.

The lecture will also share information about common beekeeping terminology, how bees communicate with each other, essential equipment needed for maintaining hives and basic honeybee care.

Adventures in Lifelong Learning was formerly known as the Academy of Lifelong Learning. The organization’s board of directors voted unanimously over the summer to transition the branding of the organization away from a formal classroom experience to reflect a less intimidating adult learning style.

Adventures in Lifelong Learning is organized exclusively to provide opportunities for continuing education in the Bemidji area. The program intends to help participants improve critical thinking skills and to appreciate the diversity of human experience through varied and lively discussions.

Spring 2011 Adventures in Lifelong Learning schedule:
April 5: “Honey Bees: ‘Honey! Bees in the Garden’,” John Arneson and Les Hiltz, beekeepers.
April 12: “BiCAP Programming,” a panel presentation led by Deb Allison, BiCAP executive director.
April 19, “Camp Rabideau – Future and Present,” Dan Evans, director, U.S. Forest Service.

For more information, contact Optivation at (218) 755-4900 or

About Optivation
Optivation is an off-campus venture operated jointly by Bemidji State University and Northwest Technical College designed to increase collaboration between the University, the college, and the business and technology sectors of the northwest Minnesota region. Staffed by veteran business and entrepreneurial professionals, Optivation delivers targeted training and education systems to help organizations succeed in a changing world. Through its affiliations with the University and the technical college, Optivation is able to tap into an unparalleled network of people and technology across the state of Minnesota.

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