The Oregon Master Beekeeper Program began in 2012. Since then, it has educated over 1,000 beekeepers. The 152 enrolled Journey Beekeeper students have the opportunity to share their knowledge through service activities and they receive advanced beekeeping education in events such as the Oregon Master Beekeeper Institute, Lab Day at OSU, and a summer field day.  We have 100 volunteer mentors on board to mentor our Apprentice class of 2018. We are deeply grateful for their time and expertise in providing essential hands-on training to new beekeepers. The Master Beekeeper level was launched this past year, and we have a dozen participants who will be working on activities in contact with OSU Extension, the Master Gardeners, and the Oregon Bee Project. If you are interested in participating in the Oregon Master Beekeeper Program, please visit us at

Presenter: Jen Holt

Jen Holt is beginning her first season as the new Program Coordinator for the Oregon Master Beekeeper Program at Oregon State University. She also works in conjunction with Dr. Andony Melathopoulos as the Program Coordinator for the OSU Pollinator Health Program, and is developing exciting ways for the two programs to cross-pollinate.  Jen was an Apprentice student in the inaugural year of the program, and continues as a Journey student and committee member. She met her husband Dan through the Master Beekeeper Program and while he is an avid beekeeper, her two children Finn (10) and Cale (8) are content to observe bees from a distance.