AABA's Beekeeping Short Course

Beekeeping - A Honey of a Hobby

Each winter AABA offers a beginning beekeeping course for anyone interested in learning the basics of beekeeping.  The online registration is now open There will be a maximum of 60 students, please register early.

The 2023 Short Course Schedule

AABA will offer the 2023 Short Course as a hybrid format.This is a seven-session course. Plan to attend 5 Zoom Sessions, in-person Equipment Lab and final Session Field Day.

Required Textbook:  The Beekeeper’s Handbook, by Diana Sammataro & Alphonse Avitabile, 5th Ed.

Course Fee:  Student - $50.00.  Additional Family (Spouse and/or Children) - $25.00 per person.
(Course fee includes a one-year membership in AABA for 2023).

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

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The Syllabus

The course consists of seven (7) sessions and covers the following material:

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

    Session 1                                  Wed.    February 22,     6:30 – 8:30 pm

    Session 2 Equipment Lab*         Sat.      February 25,    (times to be assigned)  

    Session 3                                  Wed.    March 1,           6:30 – 8:30 pm

    Session 4                                  Wed.    March 8,           6:30 – 8:30 pm

    Session 5                                  Wed.    March 15,         6:30 – 8:30 pm 

    Session 6                                  Wed.    March 22,         6:30 – 8:30 pm                        

    Session 7 Field Day*                 Sat.      April 1,             (times to be assigned) 

    *In-person classes. Small groups will be assigned times 9 – 10:45 am or 11:30 – 1:15 pm