AABA's Beekeeping Short Course

Registration is open for our annual Beekeeping Short Course! Registration will close on December 31st.

Here is more information on the Time and Cost Considerations of being a beginning beekeeper.

The dates for this year's classes are:


January 14, 2020, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
February 25, 2020, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
March 3, 2020, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
March 10, 2020, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
March 17, 2020, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Final Class (Saturday)

April 4, 2020, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

For the final class on April 4th, please bring your bee suit as we'll be installing a live package of bees!

A Young Beekeeper

A Young Beekeeper

Beekeeping - A Honey of a Hobby

Each winter AABA offers a beginning beekeeping course for anyone interested in learning the basics of beekeeping. Registration for the course opens in the Fall and usually fills up quickly. The course consists of six (6) sessions and covers the following material:

  • Introduction to Beekeeping
  • Equipment
  • Honey Bee Biology
  • Spring / Summer Management
  • Fall / Winter Management
  • Maintaining Healthy Bees
  • Nectar Sources
  • Honey Extraction
  • Products of the Hive

In the final class, students will be shown how to install a package of bees. Many students order package bees during the class and start their first hives after completing the course. By that time, even those completely new to beekeeping will have the knowledge and the connections to start their own apiary.

If you have questions, please contact our Beekeeping Short Course coordinator at shortcourse@aabees.org.