Sacramento Area Beekeepers Association

Complete Four-Series Beginner Beekeeping Classes (Save 15% for all classes)

Introduction to Beekeeping Series

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. All instructors are Master Beekeepers and/or members of the Sacramento Area Beekeepers Association. Our instructors have both an in-depth know of bees and beekeeping, and substantial beekeeping experience. Each session is a combination of lecture and a hands-on workshop. The book, First Lessons in Beekeeping by Keith Delaplane is recommended from Amazon or other bookstores.

Dates: Saturday February 19, Sunday April 24, Sunday June 12, Sunday August 21

Price: $204 for all 4 classes (Price reflects 15% off single class registration prices)

Session 1: Beekeeping Basics


  • Introduction to the SABA Beginner Beekeeping Series
  • Time commitment and what to expect as a new beekeeper
  • Overview of equipment – boxes, supers, smokers and more
  • Getting ready for bees
  • Choosing an apiary location
  • Best Honey Bees for Sacramento Area
  • Installing Your Bees - Packages, Nucs, Swarms
  • Seasonal tasks: The beekeeping calendar
  • What you need to get started and where to purchase
  • Registering your hive and beekeeping responsibilities

Date/Time: Saturday February 19, 2022, 9:00 am – 1:00pm

Location: Arden Park Community Center, 1000 La Sierra Drive, Sacramento CA

Instructor: Dave Watson

Session 2: Managing the Colony


  • Spring build-up
  • Managing the colony
  • Signs of swarms
  • Lighting and using a smoker
  • Opening and inspecting hives 
  • What am I seeing in this hive? What am I looking for?
  • Trouble shooting

Date/Time:  Sunday April 24, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Location: The Barn - 1500 Cannery Ave, Davis, CA  95616

Instructor: Louis Zurlo

Session 3: Bee Health and Summer Beekeeping

Topics: (Attachments are for this class)

  • Honey bee anatomy and biology
  • Maintaining healthy bees
  • Integrated Pest Management (IPM) essentials
  • Disorders, Pests and Parasites 
  • Monitoring and treating varroa mites 
  • Managing the colony in the summer
  • Assessing colony health

Date/Time: Sunday June 12, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm 

Location: The Barn - 1500 Cannery Ave, Davis, CA 95616

Instructor: Rachel Morrison

Class 4: Preparing for Winter and Honey Extraction Basics


  • Preparing your colony for winter
  • Combining Hives
  • Requeening
  • Looking toward your second year
  • Beginner series review
  • Q & A and troubleshooting

Date/Time: Sunday August 21, 9 am – 1:00 pm

Location: The Barn - 1500 Cannery Ave, Davis, CA 95616

Instructor: TBD

Other Information

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. If you don’t have/or bring protective gear, a hat and veil will be available for your use during the class.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.

Questions & Cancellation:  SABA classes are offered at a low price and refunds are not issued. 

Class Coordinator:  Lisa Romero – [email protected]


Date: 02/19/2022 (Sat.)

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

Location: The Barn – 1500 Cannery Ave, Davis, CA 95616 (or)
1000 La Sierra Dr, Sacramento, CA 95864

Related files:
Peck et al.pdf (1.6MB pdf)

Created by:   Sacramento Area Beekeepers Association.
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Beginning Beekeeping Series - 4 classes

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