Mile Hive Bee Club


Next meeting is June 11, 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at Montview Boulevard Presbyterian Church 1980 Dahlia Street, Denver
Dr. Thomas Seeley - Nature-Based (Darwinian) Beekeeping
Nature-based beekeeping is an approach to beekeeping that aims to provide managed honey bee colonies with living conditions that are as close as possible to those of free-living honey bee colonies.

  •  06/08/2024 01:00 PM - 06/08/2024 03:00 PM
  •   5201 Brighton Blvd, Denver, Colorado, USA

See what is happening in the hives this time of year; what to look for, what to do

  •  03/23/2024 02:00 PM - 03/23/2024 03:30 PM
  •   5201 Brighton Blvd, Denver, Colorado, USA

Due to weather events prior to the Saturday following the monthly MHBC meeting (when field trips are generally held), this apiary visit is being held the next Saturday March 23rd from 2:00-3:30 pm for a first look into the club bee hives at Riverside Cemetery/Pollinator Meadow. Come join in on the "surprise" to see what is found and discuss: the agenda to have prior to opening the hives coming out of winter; how to assess the colony's needs, strength, and health; and plan to address any issues found.

  •  03/02/2024 01:00 PM - 03/02/2024 03:00 PM

This would especially be good for newbees-to-3rd year beekeepers. How to prepare for first time beekeeping or for warmer weather ahead on established over-wintered hives; will discuss/see hive equipment, clothing and paraphernalia; will check what is happening in the hive this time of year by observing under the inner cover on top hive box and how to assess hive needs

  •  02/17/2024 01:00 PM - 02/17/2024 03:00 PM
  •   5201 Brighton Blvd, Denver, Colorado, USA
The mission of the Mile Hive Bee Club is to support and educate Colorado Front Range hobby beekeepers in sustainable, best beekeeping management practices, promote beekeeping as part of urban agriculture and gardening, and educate the community about the importance of bees to the health of the regional ecosystem.

  • Monthly meetings to educate our members and create a bee conscious community
  • Model and promote sustainable beekeeping practices
  • Offer education at schools, fairs and other outreach opportunities
  • Manage a teaching apiary and pollinator meadow at Riverside Cemetery
The Mile Hive Bee Club Bylaws can be found here.

  • Starting April 2024, the Mile Hive Bee Club will meet at Montview Boulevard Presbyterian Church, 1980 Dahlia Street, Denver.  Most meetings also offer a Zoom option.
  • Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month January - November.
  • 6:30 - 7:00 is typically a Q&A session with main meeting starting at 7:00 and covering topics across the board in beekeeping. 
  • We offer 9 "field trip" opportunities in the months of February through October.
  • We strive to bring in speakers from local universities, businesses and offer up our own experience and knowledge to keep us all up-to-date on the very best methods and ideas as well as offer opportunities for socialization and networking (added in 2023 as result of club survey per members' request).
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Annual membership in the Mile Hive Bee Club is only $25 and your dues include co-membership in the Colorado State Beekeeper Association. If you have already paid your state dues through a membership in another local club, annual membership is only $18.  Your membership dues support all the activities and meetings of the club as well as our outreach efforts.  

To become a new member or renew your membership, please complete the Google Membership Form. Payment options are listed on the form and, if paying through PayPal, you will find a direct link after submission on the confirmation page.

Membership benefits include free rental of club extracting equipment and the option of being a swarm catcher through the CSBA swarm hotline. Catching swarms is an amazing way to build your understanding of bee biology, and do important outreach to the non-beekeeping community (and get more bees!).

T- shirts are only $12! Hoodies are $35! Please stay tuned for what is available in the 2024 year and how to obtain.


Removal, Rescue, Education
Gregg McMahan

To Bee or Not to Bee
Beekeeping Supplies and Classes

  • Denver, CO, United States

        Have you seen a swarm of bees? Swarming is a natural process for bees that allows them to establish new colonies. The bees in the swarm will generally be very docile and not a threat but they should be collected to make sure they don't find a home inside your home.

        Call 1-844-SPY-BEES (1-844-779-2337) for the state beekeeper swarm hotline. When you call the hotline please be prepared to give a good description of where the swarm is, how high up it is, what it is hanging on and a guess as to how long it has been there. This information will help us make sure the best beekeeper shows up to give these girls a new home.

For additional information on the state website, click the link: Swarm Hotline Colorado
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Mile Hive Members:  

If you have something you think a member might want or need OR if you need something another member might have to sell, you can use this bulletin board to communicate with each other. Please click on the following link and provide info on what you have or what you need (or leave blank if browsing only). You will receive a link and then can gain direct access to the live Google sheet to communicate with each other. (You may have to create a Google account.) Once your transaction is complete, please remove your info from the Google sheet. If you have any questions or comments, please contact Ruth at

Click on the link below:
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Please be patient and wait for the email that will notify you after signing up on how to access the spreadsheet.

Mark Morgan


Mikayla Henry

Vice President

Kim Pisowicz


Sandy Freed

Co-Guest Speaker Coordinator


Officer at Large

Keaton Grover

Officer at Large

Sue Rieck

Secretary 309-912-4866

Ruth Spano

Co-Guest Speaker Coordinator



Hives for Heroes is a national non-profit service organization focusing on sustainability, conservation, and providing a healthy transition from a career in the miltary or emergency services. Through our national network of beekeepers, we provide connection, purpose, and healthy relationships, through access, resources, and funding for the success of Active-Duty and Veteran Military and First Responders. From just an idea in 2018 to a small cluster of volunteers in 2020, the program has grown to almost 5000 members today across the United States and the world. At the core of the program is the value of Connection. Connecting one mentor and one newBEE over one hive. It’s about connecting Veterans to each other, to nature, and to themselves all through the activity of beekeeping. The program pairs local beekeepers as mentors with Veterans interested in beekeeping as a hobby (Mentors do NOT need to be Veterans). Interested newBEEs and mentors simply fill out a short application on our website < > and our Connections Team will try and locate a match. Once the connection is made, the newBEE and mentor coordinate the relationship going forward. Following the “See one, Do one, Teach one” model, the first year the Veteran newBEE watches their mentor, shadowing their activities and assisting with beekeeping tasks. The mentor shares educational resources, information on local bee clubs, and teaches the newBEE on existing hives in their apiary to help the newBEE become a successful beekeeper in the future. Should the relationship continue into a second year, Hives for Heroes encourages mentors to provide a nucleus colony or share a split of bees with their newBEEs to allow them to keep bees of their own. The mentor/newBEE relationship matures and topics and questions discussed become more advanced. In their third year, the newBEE is invited to pay it forward by becoming a mentor themselves and continuing to grow the beekeeping community! In addition to the local connection, the national Hives for Heroes organization is always there as a resource for both newBEE and mentor alike. Hives for Heroes headquarters hosts a national meeting monthly over Zoom allowing Veterans to interact with guest speakers, State Leaders, and mentors from across the country. Hives for Heroes also provides scholarships, educational resources, and a wide variety of collaborative partnerships to support Veterans. So, whether you’re a Veteran of the military or emergency services interested in learning more about beekeeping or an experienced beekeeper interested in connecting with a local newBEE, consider Hives for Heroes. It’s free to join and a great way to connect over the amazing world of bees and beekeeping.