Learning Circles

What is a Learning Circle? A learning circle is a group of individuals with a common interest, meeting in an interactive, participatory structure to build and share knowledge toward the same outcome.

For central Iowa beekeepers, this would look like a group that meets monthly over zoom and occasionally in-person for extended learning on certain topics. Each meeting is called a learning circle and the facilitator will always be me. We may have a different mix of people participating each time. In 2023, the in-person topics will be 

  • splits in April
  • grafting (queen rearing) in June
  • cutouts tentatively in September
  • storytelling in November


The agendae for each month’s online learning circle are still being determined. I expect them to always include participant introductions, current phenology, and a special topic and occasionally a guest speaker.

Where will you meet? Online learning circles will meet using zoom. Locations and descriptions for in-person learning circles will be announced one month prior on this website.

When will you meet? Online learning circles will meet on the 1st evening of every month, regardless of day of week.  July 2023 will be the exception. In-person learning circles will always take place on a Saturday and include an optional carpool, opening refreshments, supplies, and lunch.

How much does it cost? Thanks to North Central SARE, there is no cost. There will be a deposit for in-person learning circles; it will be returned after participation.

Who can join? Any Iowa beekeeper is welcome to join and come and go at any time. There will be caps for in-person learning circles of 20 or 25 participants depending on the topic.

When do I sign up? People are welcome to join any time during the year. Registration is required for each learning circle and will open up the month prior.