NVBA Beekeeping Education Courses - 2024


Beginning Beekeeping Class  - Registration is open

Spaces are limited

NVBA's 2024 Beginning Beekeeping course will be offered on line (Zoom). There will be six 2 hour classes on Wednesday from 7:00-9pm, a hands on wooden ware workshop and visit to an apiary in April.

This is an online, instructor led course which will cover beekeeping basics such as Honey Bee biology, beekeeping equipment, basic colony management, pests, apiary location and local laws. You will be prepared to order equipment and bees, get started beekeeping in spring and care for your bees through the first year. There will also be a hands on wooden ware workshop on Jan 27, Meet your Mentor Social on Feb 24 and an apiary session in April which will be scheduled as weather permits.

Dates: Jan 17, 24, 31 and Feb 7, 14, 21 with hands on wooden ware workshop on Jan 27.

Cost: $125

Three books are included in the cost of the class:

Beekeeping Basics - Maryann Frazier - Penn State

Beginning Beekeeping - Tanya Phillips

A Field Guide to Honey Bees and Their Maladies - Maryann Frazier -Penn State

If you have previously taken The Beginning Beekeeping Class you may audit it for free. Register for the class and when you get to the payment page do not pay. Then, send an email to letting us know you signed up and we will complete your registration.


Here are some reference books we recommend:

Beekeeping Basics - Maryann Frazier - Penn State

A Field Guide to Honey Bees and Their maladies - Maryann Frazier -Penn State

Beginning Beekeeping: Everything You Need to Make Your Hive Thrive! - Tanya Phillips

Other Bee Education Courses

Online Bee Courses
​Are you interested in learning more about bees and beekeeping, but don’t necessarily want to keep bees?  Search the internet for local short courses or try an on-line course.  Here are a couple of examples of educational alternatives to taking our course:

  • North Carolina State University offers on-line, self-paced classes at various levels of mastery.  It is called Beekeeper Education and Engagement System (BEES).  There is a suggested donation of $25 per course.

  • Pennsylvania State University offers an on-line course called “Penn State Beekeeping 101.”  Course is $159.  The course is open to beekeepers of all levels of experience.  Enrollment gives the student access to the program and materials for a year.


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