Complete Four-Series Beginner Beekeeping Classes

Beginner Beekeeping Series: 4 classes - $180/person

This four-session series is designed for individuals brand new to beekeeping or those seeking deeper beekeeping knowledge. The four ½ day sessions will take participants through the annual cycle of beekeeping from establishing a hive, caring for bees through the seasons, troubleshooting, harvesting honey and preparing for winter. Each session will be a combination of lecture and hands-on practice led by knowledgeable instructors. All participants will receive the book First Lessons in Beekeeping by Keith Delaplane at the first class session. Registration includes all four sessions and refunds will not be given for cancellation of any classes in the series.

Location:  Sac County Extension Building - 4145 Branch Center Road, Sacramento, CA 95827 

Session 1 - Getting Ready for Bees - January 19, 2020. Rachel Morrison and John Johnson (California Master Beekeepers Program)


  • Introduction to the SABA Beginner Beekeeping Series
  • General time commitment and what to expect as a new beekeeper
  • Overview of equipment
  • Installing Packages/Nucs/Swarms
  • Basics of honey bee biology

Session 2 - Managing the Colony - March 29, 2020. Robin Lowery (UC Davis, E.L.Nino Lab)


  • Seasonal honey bee care
  • Swarms
  • Registering your hive and beekeeping responsibilities
  • Using a smoker and live hive inspection 
  • Introduction to honey bee IPM 

Session 3 - Troubleshooting and Summer Beekeeping -  June 20, 2020. (SABA Member/California Master Beekeeper Program participant)


  • Seasonal honey bee care
  • Disorders, Pests and Parasites 
  • IPM and monitoring varroa mites 
  • Assessing colony health  

Session 4 - Products of the Hive and Preparing for Winter - August 22, 2020. Robin Lowery (UC Davis, E.L.Nino Lab)


  • Preparing your colony for winter
  • Seasonal honey bee care
  • Preparing the colony for winter
  • Requeening, Splitting and Combining Hives
  • Honey extracting, wax processing and other products of the hive
  • Beginner Series review, Q & A and beekeeping troubleshooting

Questions & Cancelation:  SABA classes are offered at a reduced price and refunds are not issued. 

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SABA classes work with honey bees. Honey bees are stinging insects, and while most stings do not require immediate medical attention, a small portion of the population can develop a life-threatening allergy. When working in the hives you will need to wear closed toe and closed heel shoes, long pants and a long sleeve shirt. Protective gear will be provided for you, but if you prefer you may bring your own. If stung, immediately remove the stinger by scraping it off and wash the area to reduce the alarm pheromone. If you experience shortness of breath, dizziness, nausea or any other serious symptoms, immediately seek medical attention.


Date: 01/19/2020 (Sun.)

Time: 9:00am - 1:00pm PST

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Created by:   Sacramento Area Beekeepers Association
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Beginning Class (35)

($180.00 each)

Bring pencil, paper and bee veil, if you have one.

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