Beekeeping Class Schedule
All classes are at South Coast Research and Extension Center unless otherwise noted.
If you are interested in keeping honey bees, but not yet sure how to start, this class is for you. After taking this course, you will be able to make a well-informed decision about keeping bees in your backyard.
10/6/18 - The Honey Bee: A Fabulous Insect. 10am - 11:30 am Orange County Fair and Event Center / Centennial Farm
This hour and a half class is dedicated to the history of honey bees, their origin and whereabouts in the world and the grand voyage to America, as well as their development, important role in the ecosystem, and communication system. In addition, pesticides, colony collapse disorder and few afflictions will be discusses. Finally some positive advice will be given to help honey bees and pollinators in general thrive and stay healthy. Honey tasting is included!
This 90 minute class has been developed to share timely, and research-based information with participants. There is a $5 fee.
Beekeeping 101 - Introduction to Beekeeping
This 3 hour class is entirely devoted to the history of beekeeping over the years, the equipment and protective gear necessary to start keeping honey bees.
Beekeeping 102 The Bee Colony
This 3 hour class is focused on the honey bees’ colony activities and behaviors, their life and reproductive cycles, as well as their communication and orientation systems. This information will help with understanding honey bees as an essential part of our ecosystem.
Beekeeping 103 - Honeybee Products
This 3 hour class is dedicated to the benefits that honey bees bring to our lives and the different products that those tiny pollinators produce, such as honey, beeswax, pollen, propolis, and royal jelly. We will also discuss apitherapy.
Upcoming classes - registration coming soon
1/19/19 - Beekeeping 201: Honey Bee Health - 9 am to noon
This 3 hour class is entirely devoted to the health of the honey bees, their diseases, parasites, pests, predators and possible solutions to help our bees to stay healthy in a changing environment.
2/23/19 - Beekeeping 202: Honey Bees and Pesticides, CCD, Research and Hope - 9 am to noon
This 3 hour class focuses on the history of pesticides and how it relates to and affects honey bees, Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD). There is hope for the future of this little busy insect.
3/16/19 - Beekeeping 203: Seasonal Honey Bee Colony Management - 9 am to noon
This 3 hour class is an overview of the tasks and expectations (management) of owning honey bee colonies. Dividing the beekeeping year in different seasons will help the new or future beekeeper to learn plan and anticipate obstacles that may arise while raising honey bees.