Considering taking a class with us? Learn more about our education program from one of our member beekeepers:
Current and Upcoming Classes
Is Beekeeping Right for Me? This is a free one-hour class giving an overview of beekeeping. Learn about the goals of the Appalachian Bee Collective and how you can be involved. We offer several of these classes around our region in the fall and winter. For our 2020-2021, all of these classes will be taught online at the following times:
Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020 at 6:30 PM EST. Register at this link and logon information will be sent to you.
Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021 at 6:30 PM EST. Register at this link and logon information will be sent to you.
Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021 at 6:30 PM EST. Register at this link and logon information will be sent to you.
Beekeeping 101: This is a five-week class offered to train new beekeepers in the art and science of beekeeping. This class will cover the basics of getting started with beekeeping, keeping your bees healthy throughout the year, and identifying common problems in a hive and finding solutions for them. An introduction to honey bee biology will also be given. Attendance at this class is mandatory for those interested in becoming partners in the Appalachian Beekeeping Collective. We offer several of these classes around our region each winter. For our 2020-2021, all of these classes will be taught online, live on Zoom, at the following times. Both series cover the same content; please only register for one series.
Beekeeping 101, Series 1. Tuesday evenings from 6:30 – 8:30 PM starting Tues, January 19, ending Tues, February 16. Register here.
Beekeeping 101, Series 2 – Monday evenings from 6:30 – 8:30 PM starting February 8, ending March 8. Register here.
Beekeeping 201: This is a full day session geared towards existing partners in the program and experienced beekeepers interested in becoming part of the Appalachian Beekeeping Collective. We will give partners an opportunity to learn advanced beekeeping skills from our Educators, as well as time to get to know and learn from one another. We typically plan this class for a Saturday in late January or early February. In 2021, we will host this class online.
Beekeeping 301: For the first time in 2020, experienced beekeepers in the program were able to participate in a variety of advanced classes on the art and science of beekeeping. These classes may cover topics including advanced recognition of honey bee viruses and diseases, honey bee form and function, sustainability in the mature apiary, improving beekeeping best practices outside of the hive, beekeeping for honey production in West Virginia, among many other subjects. In 2021, all these classes will take place online.
We add new classes all the time. Check back soon for updates, or stay up-to-date by following us on Facebook. If you have specific questions, please contact our Director of Education, Kevin Johnson, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 304.645.9008.