2019 Beekeeping Classes

Classes are a great way to learn about beekeeping and to advance your existing skill set and knowledge.

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Keep up to date on the current best practices for Varroa. Expand your integrated pest management (IPM) knowledge.

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Take classes from many different beekeepers. There's no one way to keep bees and you'll learn new methods and philosophies to evolve your beekeeping practice.

Retake classes! There’s so much to learn that information overload is a given. By retaking classes, you’ll hear information that you’re better able to understand because you now have a point of reference and some experience.

  • Beekeeping class

    Beekeeping 101

    Introduction to beekeeping

    This introductory class for potential beekeepers is taught by experienced club members, many who are in the UC Davis Master Beekeeping Program. In one day learn all you need to know to start beekeeping this spring.

    In the six stations you’ll learn:

    • what equipment is needed to start
    • how to set up a bee yard
    • inside the hive
    • what happens throughout the year
    • intro to bee biology and society
    • intro to diseases and pests

    This class also includes a field day on Saturday, March 30. Learn how to light a smoker, open a hive, inspect a hive and how to test for Varroa mites.

    Class size is limited to 36 students and includes lunch.

    WHEN:
    Saturday, February 9
    9:00 am – 4:00 pm
    Please arrive early to sign in

    COST:
    $35 per member (must be logged in to get discount)
    $60 per non-member

    LOCATION:
    Placerville Senior Center
    937 Spring Street, Placerville

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  • Beekeeping class

    Protected: Beekeeping 102

    Intermediate beekeeping

    Your bees survived the winter! Now what? Learn more about working your colonies and honey bee IPM with experienced club members, many who are in the UC Davis Master Beekeeping Program.

    Taught in a four station, round-robin format, you’ll learn:

    • hive management skills: splits, swarm control, re-queening, combining hives and equipment storage
    • The Varroa Wars: battle plans
    • biology / diseases in the hive
    • increasing your apiary with swarms: catch, trap, vacuum and cut-outs.

    Class size is limited to 24 students and includes lunch.

    WHEN:
    Saturday, March 9
    9:00 am – 4:00 pm
    Please arrive early to sign in.

    COST:
    $35 per member (must be logged in to get discount)
    $60 per non-member

    LOCATION:
    Placerville Senior Center
    937 Spring Street, Placerville

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The one-way driveway to the Senior Center is accessed from Tunnel St. and uphill at Robin Court. Look for our yellow signs to help direct you.

Placerville Senior Center
937 Spring Street, Placerville, CA