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.

Etowah County (Gadsden) Area Classes

The class will begin Monday January 20, 2014 and will continue each Monday night for 6 weeks followed with a picnic and honeybee field day where you get to inspect Honeybee hives on March 8, 2014.

 

The classes will meet at the Carnes Rec. Center, 101 Case Ave. Attalla, Al. 35954 Click here for a map to the class meeting place.

 

The picnic will be here at Lookout Mountain Honeybees, 1590 Tabor Cut Off, Gadsden, Al 35904 Click  here for a map.

 

The classes  cover basic Beekeeping skills, how to assemble beekeeping equipment, honeybee diseases and pest, and how to harvest honey and much more.

 

The classes are 6pm until 8pm.  The cost is $100 (includes books, handouts, refreshments, and the Honeybee day picnic).

 

For additional information, Contact:

 David or Lynne Kelton

256-523-4767

256-441-2887 David's cell

256-523-4767 Lynne's cell

honeybees60@gmail.com

 

NOTICE:

This basic beekeeping class does not meet the requirements of the Alabama Master Beekeepers lecture series.  The target student is the person with no previous beekeeping experience.

Madison County Beekeepers Association

This is a free class.  

Practical Beekeeping

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

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This class meets from 5:30 PM to 9:00 PM in the auditorium  at the Huntsville Public Library "main library" located at 915 Monroe St., In Huntsville, AL.

 2014 Class Schedule

NOTICE: due to inclement weather, the library will be closed 2/12/2014 (when the last session was scheduled) so that class has been rescheduled as shown below.

First session Tuesday January 7, 2014
Second session Wednesday January 22, 2014
Third Session Monday February 3, 2014
Fourth Session Monday March 3, 2014

 (Class weekdays are dictated by room availability at the Huntsville Library)

Class sessions typically run the full 3.5 hours including a 10 minute break.    For additional information please email one of the the instructors:

Chris Cambron

beedaddyhoney@yahoo.com

Phone: 256 509 6015

Bob Fanning

K4vb@knology.net

Phone: 256 883 9601

Class Location 

Main Library

Huntsville Public Library

915 Monroe Street
Huntsville, AL 35801
Phone: (256) 532-5940

Email: askus@hmcpl.org

Click here for a map

 A special thanks or the Huntsville Public Library for their support and for providing the class room space that makes this class possible at no cost to the students.     This is a free class and no prior beekeeping experience is required.    It is open to anyone wishing to become a beekeeper as well as to anyone just curious about honeybees and beekeeping.     Class size is limited to 100 due to room fire code.     Attendees are selected first come first serve.

 This class is based on the VCR video series by Dr Keith Delaplane entitled:

Honeybees and Beekeeping - A Year in the Life of an Apiary

Click here to watch a preview of the video.

 The class covers basic beekeeping fundamentals as well as all activities required by a new beekeeper for one full year in the apiary.

NOTICE:

 This basic beekeeping class does not meet the requirements of the Alabama Master Beekeepers lecture series.  The target student is the person with no previous beekeeping experience.

Saugahatchee Beekeepers Association welcomes you.  

We are excited to offer a class that will expose you to the beginning aspects of beekeeping.  You will learn the terms used in beekeeping, the equipment and their uses, constructing a hive and components, the problems that we face dealing with honey bees.  By the end of this class you will be amazed what this little creature can accomplish within a colony. 

 When the club orders package bees in the spring you, too, will be able to place an order.  You will then join the ranks of a beekeeper.

 The dates of the class are: January 7, 14, 21, 28,  February 4, 11, 18, 25.  Each class is scheduled from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

The classes will be held at the Lee County Extension Office, 600 South 7th Street, Opelika

The cost of the class is $45.00, this includes the class fee, the text book and the 2014 membership dues.

NOTICE:

 This basic beekeeping class does not meet the requirements of the Alabama Master Beekeepers lecture series.  The target student is the person with no previous beekeeping experience.

Blount County Beekeepers Association

This is a free class.  

The Blount County Beekeepers Association will have their bee school for beginning beekeepers for 6 weeks.  The following are the dates:  January 28, February 4, 11, 25, March 4 & 18, 2014.  They will be held at the Blount County Resource Center in Cleveland, Alabama at 6:30 PM each night.  This is a free class.  If you have any questions, please contact Lonnie Funderburg at 205-625-3464.

NOTICE:

 This basic beekeeping class does not meet the requirements of the Alabama Master Beekeepers lecture series.  The target student is the person with no previous beekeeping experience.

Jefferson County Beekeepers Association

Beginner’s Beekeeping Course 2014

 Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens (BBG), 2612 Lane Park Road Birmingham, AL 35223.

 Course Instructors: Steve Bostock, David Ellis, Hugh Feagle, James Horton, John Hurst, Nona Hurst, Sallie Lee, Kurt Kristensen, Paul Mancill, Neil Sanders, Michael Steinkampf

 Classes will be held Tuesday evenings from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM, February 4 – March 18, plus a hive inspection/package installation session at the BBG apiary.

Registration limited to 50 attendees. Registration fee: $60.00 (Couples $100, one book per couple)

 Reference text: First Lessons in Beekeeping by Keith L. Delaplane, 2007 (provided to registrants).

 

For more information or to register online, please go to http://jeffcobees.org/ 

This basic beekeeping class does not meet the requirements of the Alabama Master Beekeepers lecture series.  The target student is the person with no previous beekeeping experience.

Wiregrass Beekeepers Association

2014 BEGINNING BEEKEEPER COURSE


Feb. 25, Mar. 4, 11, 18,29
The course is free, and designed to supply a novice beekeeper with all the information needed to take a colony from it’s inception through its 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 Farm Center (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 at Landmark Park on US 431. Because we will be working with active colonies, people coming to Landmark 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

Tuesday Feb. 25 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, Mar. 4, 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. 11, 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. 18, 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. 29, 12 noon: Field Session with the Landmark Park Hives
(beekeeping protective gear required!)
We will meet at Landmark Park. We’ll suit up, light smokers, and inspect the park’s hives, emphasizing proper hive working procedure. We’ll find the three types of bees, and probably a few unwelcome pests too. We’ll also start a colony.

This basic beekeeping class does not meet the requirements of the Alabama Master Beekeepers lecture series.  The target student is the person with no previous beekeeping experience.

Last Updated 2/12/2014 brf