Regional beekeeping classes

The below listed classes are available to anyone interested in getting started in beekeeping or is simply curious about honeybees and beekeeping

Please check back here for new class updates.

The intent of this page is to list all beginners beekeeping classes that are offered by any of the affiliated regional beekeeping associations.

NOTICE: If you are working toward becoming an Alabama Certified Master Beekeeper, these classes do not meet the requirements of the Alabama Master Beekeepers lecture series.  

If you are a member of an affiliated regional beekeeping association and know of any planned classes, please send dates, times, location, sponsoring organization, point of contact (preferably email or phone number), URL of your Webpages (if your association has a Webpage) and any other class related information to the Webmaster.

The following organizations have notified the Webmaster of the following classes.   
Associations are listed in the order they were reported to the webmaster.

 

Baldwin County Area

Beekeeping in Baldwin County

March 27-30, 6-8 PM

PZK Hall, Robertsdale, Alabama

 Cost: $50/person, $25 additional person, $15/module

Fee covers class materials

Open hive demo April 1st

Please contact Becka Hargraves to register and pay for classes

  

(865) 617-9935  2017 

 

Class Schedule  

First Session Introduction to bees and beekeeping, part 1 March 27, 2017
Second Session Introduction to bees and beekeeping, part 2 March 28, 2017
Third Session Pests and Problems in the hive March 29, 2017
Fourth Session Honey plants, pollination and other products of the hive March 30, 2017
Fifth Session Open hive demo/Q&A with instructors April 1, 2017

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Houston County Area

Beginning Beekeeping Course 

This is a free class

The classroom sessions will be held at the Houston County Cooperative Extension Service, 1699 Ross Clark Circle, Dothan, AL 36301 [corner of Ross Clark Circle and Rt. 53 (Cottonwood Rd)] and start at 7 pm and run for about 2 hours. The field session will start at noon (location to be announced). Because we will be working with active colonies, people coming to the field session will need their beekeeping protective gear.

Houston County Cooperative Extension Service

1699 Ross Clark Circle

Dothan, AL 36301

Click here for a map

Recommended text: First Lessons in Beekeeping by Keith Delaplane Questions? Call Bill Miller at (334)794-8362 or e-mail him at wgmiller@aol.com.

 2017 Class Schedule

First Session Tuesday Feebruary, 21, 2017
Second Session Tuesday February 28, 2017
Third Session Tuesday March, 7, 2017
Fourth Session Teusday March 14, 2017
Fifth Session Saturday March 24, 2017

Class Deails

Tuesday Feb. 21, 7 pm:

Welcome to Beekeeping and Equipment Overview - Introduction to beekeeping, equipment needs and sources, and equipment assembly.  This is a hand-on session. Bring a hammer!

Tuesday Feb. 28, 7 pm:

Biology 1 - The Three Types of Bees - The bees in a colony come in three basic types – worker, drone, and queen. We’ll discuss each type’s unique biology, life cycle, and functions.

Tuesday Mar. 7, 7 pm:

Biology 2 - The Colony as a Unit - We’ll discuss how the three types of bees form a working colony, and how the colony varies with the year depending on what is needed and what is available.

Tuesday Mar. 14, 7 pm:

The Beekeeper's Year and Bee Diseases - We’ll cover how a colony varies with the season and how the beekeeper deals with each season. We’ll also cover Alabama registration requirements and common bee diseases.

Saturday Mar. 24, 7 pm:

Field Session (Location to be announced) - Beekeeping protective (at least a veil) gear required! We’ll suit up, light smokers, and inspect hives, emphasizing proper hive working procedure. We’ll find the three types of bees, check colony conditions, and probably find a few unwelcome pests too. We may get lucky and catch a swarm.

New fille 12/21/2016 brf/bm Rev 12/23/2016

   

Madison County Area

Practical Beekeeping Class 

 Anyone interested in becoming a beekeeper or that is just curious about honeybees and beekeeping is welcome to attend.    

This is a free class

The class is intentionally scheduled after the busy end of year holidays are over and the pace has slowed for most of us.    January seems to be when most outside activities have slowed and the weather is more conducive to sitting inside a warm class room leaning about honeybees.    It also gives time to order your honeybees and equipment, get it built, painted and be ready to start beekeeping in early March, which is the best time to start beekeeping.    

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   Also check back here for the latest updates.

 

2017 Class Schedule

First Session Thirsday January 12, 2017
Second Session Thursday January 26, 2017
Third Session Thursday February 9, 2017
Fourth Session Thursday February23, 2017

Class sessions typically run the full 3.5 hours including a 10 minute break.    Click here for additional information.

The class meets from 5:30 PM to 9:00 PM in the auditorium at the Huntsville Public Library "main library" at:

915 Monroe St.

Huntsville, AL 35801

Phone: 256 532 5940

http://hmcpl.org

Click here for a map

Blount County

Beginning  Beekeeping Class 

This is a free class

Blount County Beekeepers Association is hosting a beginning beekeeping class January 9, 2017 at 6:30 PM. The class is free to anyone interested in beekeeping and will run for 5 weeks. We do ask that you join our organization if you take the classes. Yearly dues are only $10. If you are a new beekeeper or just thinking about keeping bees come join us and learn from seasoned beekeepers. The class meets at the Cleveland Resource Center located at:

62561 US Hwy 231

Cleveland, Alabama

Click here for a map to the class location

For more information contact Hal Hendrix at (205) 243-8424 or Jerry Carter at (205) 213-1673

   Also check back here for the latest updates.

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Etawah County (Sand Mountain) Area Area

This is a Winter/Spring Class

Beginning

Beekeeping Class 

 

This is not a free class.

 

There is a fee for the complete class (all sessions listed below including the field day) of $135 for a single $210 for a couple.    This covers books, hand outs evening meal and door prizes and includes all of the below listed sessions.   If you wish to attend only the March 11 field day the fee is $50 and includes only the March 11 field day.

If you would like to get on the mailing list for this class updates click here.    

   Also check back here for the latest updates.

2017 Class Schedule

First Session Monday January 16, 2017
Second Session Monday January 23, 2017
Third Session Monday January 30, 2017
Fourth Session Monday February 6, 2017
Fifth Session Monday February 13, 2017
Sixth Session Monday February 20, 2017
Seventh Session Monday February 27, 2017
Eighth Session Monday March 6, 2017
Field Day Saturday (8 AM Sharp) March 11, 2017

 The field day will be open to anyone that would like to attend. All areas of beekeeping from disease's, pest, hive construction and much more will be covered.

For additional information call 256-523-4767 or click here.

This class meets Lookout Mountain Honey Bees Which is located at 1590 Tabor Cut Off Gadsden, AL 35904.

Click here for a map

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Houston County Area

Practical Beekeeping Course 

This is a free class

The course is free, and designed to supply a novice beekeeper with all the information needed to take colonies from their startup through their first year. We only ask that you be interested in beekeeping. The class is free, and open to all who are interested in beekeeping.

The classroom sessions will be held at the Houston County Cooperative Extension Service 1699 Ross Clark Circle, Dothan, AL 36301 (corner of Ross Clark Circle and Rt. 53 (Cottonwood Rd) Click here for a map, and start at 7 pm and run for about 2 hours. The field session will start at noon (location to be announced). Because we will be working with active colonies, people coming to the field session will need their beekeeping protective gear.

Recommended text: First Lessons in Beekeeping by Keith Delaplane Questions? Call Bill Miller at (334)794-8362 or e-mail him at wgmiller@aol.com      

2017 Class Schedule

Tuesday Feb. 21, 7 pm: Welcome to Beekeeping and Equipment Overview 

            Introduction to beekeeping, equipment needs and sources, and equipment assembly,      This is a hand-on session.   Bring a hammer!

 

Tuesday, Feb. 28, 7 pm: Biology 1 - The Three Types of Bees 

            The bees in a colony come in three basic types – worker, drone, and queen.  We’ll discuss each type’s unique biology, life cycle, and functions.

Tuesday, Mar. 7, 7 pm: Biology 2 - The Colony as a Unit

            We’ll discuss how the three types of bees form a working colony, and how the colony varies with the year depending on what is needed and what is available.

 

Tuesday, Mar. 14, 7 pm: The Beekeeper's Year and Bee Diseases

            We’ll cover how a colony varies with the season and how the beekeeper deals with each season.  We’ll also cover Alabama registration requirements and common bee diseases

 

Saturday, Mar. 24, 12 noon: Field Session (Location to be announced) - Beekeeping protective (at least a veil) gear required! 

             We’ll suit up, light smokers, and inspect hives, emphasizing proper hive working procedure.  We’ll find the three types of bees, check colony conditions, and probably find a few unwelcome pests too.  We may get lucky and catch a swarm.

New File 12/21/2016 brf//BM

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