"You made it a fun and enjoyable experience for a first time. You can't go wrong with the price. I recommend taking both classes back to back. I am thinking of taking the class again before my package bees arrive just for a refresher course.
Megan
Silverdale, WA


I enjoyed your class very much and look forward to getting my bees soon. Very glad I took the class first. Here is a You Tube video of my hive kit assembled. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8eXNcef55hw
Jeff
Darrington, WA


I really enjoyed the class. I never would have thought that bees could be so 'tame'. You were very thorough in your teaching and I gained a lot of useful information. It was a very good way to spend a Sunday afternoon.
Thanks,
Joe P
Silvana, WA


Thanks so much for the class last Sunday. I learned a lot, and you made us all feel very comfortable with all the bee handling.
Heidi D.
Everett, WA


"Beekeeping is one of the most challenging things I have tried to do." Every time I open up a hive, I realize just how much I don't know, so I wanted to take any opportunity to further my education in beekeeping I could. Worth every dime!
Frank J

Thank YOU Gloria! We all had a delightful day, and now even the kids who were skeptics, are enthusiastic about the idea of keeping bees! It was more helpful to be a hands-on class, than all the books I have read so far.
We will have to stay in touch.
Sarah

This class is designed to allow the inquiring or young beekeeper to get hands-on experience in one of our colonies.
 
Class #1
Getting Started
Wooden Ware 101
Protective Clothing and Equipment
Hive Introduction
$50.00 per person, per class
Maximum class size is 6 students.
Classes run approximately 3 hours.


Beekeeping can sometimes be trying if you don't have the right tools and knowledge to be productive. Our goal in basic beekeeping is to give you some insight into proper beekeeping so your experience will be a fun and successful.

Class Schedule

These classes are designed for the urban beekeeper who likely already has a colony of bees and is ready and eager to learn more in a hands-on environment in one of our colonies.

Class #1
SPRING MANAGEMENT
Spring Startup
Hive splits


Class #2
SUMMER MANAGEMENT
Routine Inspections


Class #3
FALL MANAGEMENT
Winter Preparations
$50.00 per person, per class.
Maximum class size 6 students.
Classes run approximately 3 hours.

As your beekeeping experience increases, your ability to work more quickly and competently also increases. You will be able to add new hives to your small original apiary until it contains the maximum number of hives that you can care for. Good beekeepers know what their maximum apiary size should be and do not try to over extend themselves. To determine the number of hives you can tend, you will need to consider a variety of factors; time, expense, space considerations, your own physical condition, local climate, etc. The maximum number of hives differs from beekeeper to beekeeper. For a hobby, the maximum may be two hives; for a young farmer, it could be 200.

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Basic Beekeeping Hands-on Classes

When working with Honeybees, the ideal time to go into a hive is when it is dry, low wind and over 70 degrees. Due to our ever changing Northwest weather conditions, class times are subject to change or be cancelled.                   
Please call for Class Start Times and possible additional class dates.
 
Out of respect to others, we ask all attendees to arrive 15 minutes prior to class start time.
If a class is cancelled, you will have the choice of rescheduling to another class or a full refund.

 Attendee Cancellation Policy:
We require an email, human voice contact or written notice for cancellations. (voice messages will not be accepted).


Due to small class sizes and demand, cancellation refunds are as follows:

  • 96 hour cancellation notice for a full refund on your deposit.
  • 72 hour cancellation notice for a 50% refund on your deposit.
  • Anything less than 72 hour cancellation notice will not result in a refund of any kind.

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 Intermediate Beekeeping Hands-on Classes

Beekeeping Classes


We can provide all the protective clothing or bring and use your own.


Things to remember:
We hold classes when the temperature is above 70 degrees. Our bee jackets can get warm, try to wear a lightweight shirt to help prevent overheating.


Please try to hydrate yourself before the class.