New to HAS? Here’s What to Expect!

Anheuser-Busch Hall

Heartland Apicultural Society (HAS) offers three full days of beekeeping education every year, rotating through midwest and southeastern states to reach as many beekeepers as possible.

This year, the HAS conference will be held July 11-13, 2018 at Washington University in St. Louis on the Danforth campus about a mile from Interstate 64.

Founded in 1853, Washington University is a private institution that is ranked in the Top 20 universities nationwide by Newsweek.

St. Louis is a wonderful destination for beekeepers and non-beekeepers alike – New York Times: St. Louis Is as Welcoming as It Is Budget-Friendly

Opening day at 8:30 a.m. plenary sessions will be held at the Edison Theatre (#67 on the campus map).

Classes, vendors and most HAS activities will be held in Anheuser Busch Hall (#6 on the map).

The bee yard will be in McMillan Hall courtyard (#70 on the map).

Meals will be served in Danforth University Center, called The Duc (pronounced “duck” as in Donald) (#28 on the map).

Dorm rooms are located in South 40 House building (#106 on the map).

You might also find the interactive Danforth Campus map with building names and out of town directions handy.

Early online registration ends June 20. Cost is $100 for three days or $40 per day per person. After June 20, conference registration is $150 for three days and $55 per day. Onsite dorm accommodations, meals and evening events are extra.

Among the speakers confirmed for this year’s conference:
  • Dr. May Berenbaum, Entomology department head at University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana, whose research focuses on the chemical interactions between herbivorous insects and their host-plants.
  • Dr. Marla Spivak, a MacArthur Fellow at University of Minnesota’s Bee Lab.
  • University of Minnesota Bee Squad, a beekeeping instructional and public outreach program to encourage collaboration and public education about bees.
  • Dr. Keith Delaplane, director of the University of Georgia Honey Bee Program.
  • Jennifer Berry, University of Georgia Honey Bee program lab manager.
  • Dr. Dennis vanEngelsdorp, University of Maryland Honeybee Lab, who directs the Bee Informed Partnership, the Tech Transfer Program and the annual national beekeeping management surveys.
  • Samuel Ramsey, University of Maryland PhD candidate and researcher.

You will also enjoy social activities and fun excursions of interest to beekeepers and non-beekeepers alike. This year, evening activities include a movie “Ulee’s Gold” on Wednesday, July 11 complete with popcorn: a visit to Anheuser Bush Brewery and the Clydesdales Thursday, July 12 and a tour of the insectarium among other activities at the world-renowned St. Louis Zoo Friday, July 13.

Outstanding vendors will be on hand with a selection of beekeeping products. Many HAS attendees take advantage of the opportunity to save on shipping by placing their supply orders in advance to pick up at the conference.

More details will be posted here as they are finalized so check back here to get the latest agenda and related information. See you in St. Louis!

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