The Whitehouse Nature Center is currently caring for hives being kept on the property. They are standard top-bar hives that house Italian honeybees. The student-led Albion College Beekeeping Club, along with Nature Center Director David Green, cares for the hives throughout the year.

It is our hope to soon add more "natural" hive structures that are most sustainable and bee-friendly, using swarms obtained via extermination calls.

Annual Albion Bee School

Albion College has a bee club that helps care for hives at Whitehouse Nature Center.Held in February of each year.

Two sets of classes:

  • Beginner classes for those just starting
  • NEW - Intermediate classes for those who have already established a hive

Classes will cover the natural history of the honeybee, how to set up and care for a hive, handling/ordering bees, bee pests/parasites, splits and more. Meet local bee vendors for supplies and support. All classes are taught by experienced beekeepers.

Pre-registration is $40.00 per participant. Special pricing for students 17 and under. Lunch and refreshments are included.

To register or for more information contact David Green, Whitehouse Nature Center director, at or call 517/629-0582.

Albion College Beekeeping Club

Albion College's Whitehouse Nature Center maintains standard top-bar hives that house Italian honeybees.The Albion College Beekeeping Club is a student-led organization supported by the Whitehouse Nature Center. Its mission is to spread awareness of bee-related environmental issues throughout the campus and community. Beekeeping Club members are in charge of maintaining the hives located at the Whitehouse Nature Center and for hosting educational events on campus.

Program Opportunities and Resources

Dahlem Nature Center
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Kalamazoo Bee Club
Kalamazoo, Mich.