Beginners Courses

This page will be updated regularly as we learn about new beginners beekeeping classes, so check back often!  Scroll down for several options (we put ours first!)

2014
Getting Started with Honey Bees
Offered by the Philadelphia Beekeepers Guild

Register on EVENT-BRITE by clicking here.  If you do not want to pay the Event-brite fee, still go to the link to register but then click the fine print "show other payment options" link below the big green "register" button.  You will be given instructions on how to pay off-line by mailing a check to the Guild.


Day long class for new beekeepers Saturday, February 22, 2014 PLUS TWO hands-on half days in the apiary in May and July (Dates TBD)

Part 1 in the classroom.  Learn from a group of experienced urban beekeepers:

  • Basic bee biology

  • Considerations about equipment, hive set-up, and location

  • Where to get your first bees & how to put them in the hive

  • Hive management through the seasons (focus on Spring)

  • atural beekeeping approaches & strategies

  • What is going on in a live hive

  • How to recognize common pests & diseases


Part 2 in the apiary in May: suit up for a look at what's going on in the hive.  Groups of 4 or 5 students conduct an inspection with an experienced beekeeper and focus on Summer management techniques.  Compare to what's going on in your hive, discuss and get answers.  Date and time TBD based on attendees schedules.

Part 3 in the apiary in July: suit up for a look at what's going on in the hive.  Groups of 4 or 5 students conduct an inspection with an experienced beekeeper and focus on Fall management techniques.  Compare to what's going on in your hive, discuss and get answers.  Date and time TBD based on attendees schedules.

A Year in the Apiary ::: with Philadelphia Beekeeper Jeff Eckel


In this 10 class series we will observe and manage honeybee colonies from early spring through fall.  This is a rare opportunity to work with an experienced urban beekeeper and follow the progress of an established overwintered colony, a 3 lb. package of honeybees, and hopefully a captured swarm.  Discussion based classes will allow for plenty of question and answer time while hands-on in the apiary.  Just some of the topics that will be discussed: package install, queen acceptance, laying pattern, swarm prevention, increase colonies, combining colonies, pests and diseases, honey extraction, preparing for the dearth, fall flow, winterizing, etc.  This is an all-levels series suitable for beginner and intermediate beekeepers.

Jeff Eckel has been keeping bees in Philadelphia for seven years.  He is a chemical free beekeeper that specializes in queen rearing and is currently working on expanding his offerings to the local community through nucleus colonies and educational opportunities.

Location:  Wyck House, Garden, and Farm, 6026 Germantown Ave. 19144

Dates:  Saturdays - April 5, April 12, May 3, May 24, June 14, June 28, July 5 or 19, August 2, September 6 (Philadelphia Honey Festival), October.        In the case of rain class will be canceled and rescheduled for Sunday.

Time: 1:00-3:00pm
Cost:  $405.00 (***pre-registration discount by March 20 - $300.00***)

Contact: Jeff Eckel, beeboy84@gmail.com or 215.350.7846

Chester County Annual Seminar March 15


Beginner and Advanced Sessions are held at this popular event.  Frequently sells out early - reserve your spot now.  More information may be found at: www.chescobees.org


Montgomery County Beekeepers Assoc. - New Beekeepers Course


Enrollment includes the following:

  • Eight (8) Classes with Hands-On Apiary Experience

  • Educational Materials

  • Current Year Membership in MCBA

  • Current Year Membership (Individual or Household) in PSBA

  • One (Individual) or Two (Household) tickets to the MCBA Fall Banquet


$100 Individual or $150 Household.  http://www.montcobeekeepers.org/Pages/EnrollmentandMembership.aspx


“Introduction to Beekeeping” A Class Presented by the Lehigh Valley Beekeepers
Association


Informational Meeting + Early-bird Sign-ups
When: Saturday, January 18, 2014 - From 1:00PM – 3:00PM
Where: Lehigh County Ag Center (Next to Dorney Park in Allentown)

Introduction to Beekeeping Classes
When: February 5, 19, March 5, 19, 2014 + field trip day.
Time: All Classes begin at 7:00 PM and end at 9:30 PM.
Where: Lehigh Carbon Community College, Schnecksville, PA
4525 Education Park Dr., Schnecksville, PA 18078

Cost: $60 per person. Children under the age of 16 years and accompanied by an
adult: $30 per child. Book, Course Materials and Refreshments are
included in the cost of the class. Adults who register and pay at the Jan
18th Informational Meeting will receive a $5 discount off the registration
fee.
The class will be taught by members of the Lehigh Valley Beekeepers Association, some
of whom are Certified Master Beekeepers! The field trip to the club apiary located at
L.C.C.C. for some hands on experience will be held in late March or early April
depending on the weather. The date will be determined at the last class meeting.
For more information and to register please visit the Lehigh Valley Beekeepers
Association website: http://www.lehighvalleybeekeepers.org or contact Steve Finke,
LVBA President, at steve@meadowviewbees.com or (610) 737-7676.

ONGOING:

Penn State University offers an on-line course you can begin at any time of the year.  For details, see: http://beekeeping101.psu.edu/?gclid=CKr-pZX-nLcCFU-d4AodFxcASQ  You can also download and print their Beekeeping Basics, textbook free.  Click here: http://pubs.cas.psu.edu/FreePubs/pdfs/agrs93.pdf

North Carolina State University has a similar offering. Both institutions have well-respected Apiculture programs.  For info about NCSU's on line course, click: http://www.cals.ncsu.edu/entomology/apiculture/BEES.html

2013

Delaware Valley College: to register for any of the courses listed below, email conteddelval.edu or phone 215-489-4848

Intermediate Level beekeeping: Spring Management (course APR 105 002; $160)

This course is for beekeepers who want to learn techniques to reduce swarming, make splits, detect and control disease and other important spring management techniques. The course is spread over three Saturdays, April 13, 20 and May 4, 2013 so that we can perform manipulations one Saturday and check the results the next.

Introductory Beekeeping (course APR 101 002; $170)

This 3-day course will cover the basics of beekeeping including honey bee biology and behavior, equipment, obtaining bees.  In addition, students will gain practical experience in the college Apiary.  Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 12-14.

Philadelphia Beekeepers Guild 2-DAY Short Course for New Beekeepers

Getting Started with Honeybees
Feb. 23 and May 4
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Chester County Beekeepers Association
The Chester County Beekeepers Association will present beekeeping seminars at Westtown School in Chester County, Pennsylvania on Saturday, March 2, 2013.  Click here for more info.

EASTERN APICULTURAL SOCIETY - SHORT COURSE - WEST CHESTER, PA
AUGUST 5-9, 2013  see  easternapiculture.org  for details as they develop!

MONTGOMERY CO. PA BEEKEEPERS ASSOC.  (MCBA)
The Montgomery County Beginners Beekeeping Course offers classes that are timely to your seasonal beekeeping needs.  The course continues hands on beekeeping at the 4-H Center Apiary! 8 classes from February to September. Hands on activities in the apiary start at 6:00pm as of the second class. Veils are mandatory at the apiary. Classroom activities start at 7:00pm. $80 / person includes membership to the MCBA, Pennsylvania State Beekeepers Association (PSBA), a ticket to the fall banquet, educational materials, and eight classes. $120 / couple includes family membership to the MCBA, PSBA & two banquet tickets.  For more information check out our website at where you can register too. www.montcobeekeepers.org or e-mail us at: Inquiries@MontCoBeekeepers.org


SOUTHEAST PENNSYLVANIA
Hands-on Beekeeping Class. This course is scheduled for five Sunday sessions from February thru July at Worcester Honey Farm. Only 25 people for each group of classes will be accepted and advance registration is required. The instructor is committed to present a knowledgeable and enjoyable, interactive, and intensively hands-on workshop. We are friendly and encourage you to contact us throughout the course for advice, help, or a sympathetic ear. Become comfortable opening and working your hives, touch bee’s shoulders to get them to move over, hive a swarm from a crabapple tree, bring your honey to extract on the last class, and inspect hives. There will be hives set up with typical beekeeping problems such as laying workersand resolve any problems found. All this plus beekeeper camaraderie and tasty appetizers.

To reserve a spot or get more information, see  www.pabeekeeper.com Contact information: Email: HandsOn@pabeekeeper.com

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