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 this fall and winter. This year, our classes are:
Tues, November 5 at 10 AM – Mullens Opportunity Center in Mullens
Wed, December 4 at 3 PM — Princeton Public Library in Princeton
Thurs, December 5 at 6 PM — Little Vine Baptist Church in Welch
Mon, December 9 at 6 PM — Monroe County Public Library in Union
Wed, December 11 at 2 PM — Wellspring of Greenbrier in Rupert
We are planning several additional classes for our Virginia counties in January and February. Please check back.
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 this winter. This year, our classes are:
McDowell County, WV: Every Wednesday evening from 6-8 PM beginning on January 15th at Little Vine Baptist Church, Welch.
Wyoming County, WV: Every Monday evening from 6-8 PM beginning on January 13th (no class on January 20th) at Wyoming County Career and Technical Center
Monroe County, WV: Tuesday nights beginning on January 28th from 6–8 PM at the Monroe County Public Library
Fairlawn VA: Monday nights beginning on January 27th from 6-8 PM at the Pulaski Community Youth Center
Summers County, WV: Monday nights beginning on January 27th from from 6-8 PM at the Hinton Memorial Building
Newport VA: Tuesday nights beginning on February 4th from 6-8 PM at 639 Blue Grass Trail
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 are planning this class for a Saturday in late January or early February at the Hinton Memorial Building. Please check back for the date.
Beekeeping 301: For the first time in 2020, experienced beekeepers in the program can 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. We expect these classes to begin in late January and continue throughout the year.
We add new classes all the time. Check back soon for updates, or stay up-to-date by following us on Facebook.