The Los Angeles County Beekeeping Association
Beekeeping Class 101
2nd Sunday of the Month (Beginning February 10, 2019)
(9:00AM - Noon)

The Valley Hive
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(818) 280-6500
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All the information you need in order to attend our Beekeeping Class 101 will be posted on this page of our website.

Beekeeping Class 101 is the entire session of beekeeping classes: February, March, April, May, June, July, August, and October. We do not have class in January, September, November, or December. We highly suggest you begin in February and continue through all the classes. Although you are welcome to come in the middle of the season of classes, you will have missed out on valuable information. It is not required that you attend all the classes but it is suggested you do in order to get the most benefit out of learning to work with bees. 

Our goal: To walk you through an entire season of keeping bees.

You’ll learn:

  • Care of ourselves and others as we learn responsible beekeeping in an urban environment

  • Protective clothing (bee suit, hat, veil, gloves, etc.)

  • Construction of a hive

  • Safe placement of a hive

  • How to approach a hive

  • Stages of life cycle within a colony

  • General maintenance of a hive

  • Troubleshooting in the hive

  • Diseases, mites, moths, and their treatment

  • What to do if you come in contact with an aggressive hive

  • Bee stings

Registration: You must be a member of the LACBA in order to attend Beekeeping Class 101. You will need to pay your LACBA membership dues and register for class online. This will be your RSVP for the class. Make sure you indicate on the Beekeeping Class 101 Form how many household members will be attending class.

Cost for LACBA Membership: Voting Membership (Household): $20/year. (Voting Members receive a (TBD) discount on class.) Non-Voting Membership (Household): $20/year. Club Sponsor Membership: $45/year.

Cost for LACBA Beekeeping Class 101: Cost for beekeeping class is pending. We will advise you of the cost in January.

Dates: The first class will be held Sunday, February 10, 2019.

Voting Members receives a (TBD) discount on Beekeeping Class 101. (Requires 5 hours of volunteer participation in LACBA events or committees during the course of the previous year, for each member who takes class.)

Time: PLEASE BE ON TIME. Class begins at 9am and runs until approximately noon. Arrive early to get parked.

Location: Classes are held at The Valley Hive (two locations): Apiary: 9633 Baden Ave., Chatsworth, CA 91311. Store: 10538 Topanga Cyn Blvd., Chatsworth, CA 91311. Please refer to the Class Schedule below for which location.

Notifications of changes: We will send out email notifications of changes in dates, schedule, times, locations, weather conditions. PLEASE CONTACT THE VALLEY HIVE DIRECTLY IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT LAST MINUTE WEATHER CONDITIONS.

Reminders: You should receive an email reminder approximately 24 hours prior to class.

What You'll Need: Bee suits not required for the first (February) and second (March) class. We suggest you wait until after the first beekeeping class (the February class) before you purchase bee suits and equipment. That way you won't purchase what you don't need. For all classes beginning in April, you will need to provide protective clothing (bee suit, veil, gloves, etc.) You may want to bring materials for taking notes. Bring a folding chair - seating is limited.

ALL CLASSES BEGINNING WITH THE THIRD CLASS WHICH IS APRIL 14, (REGARDLESS OF WHEN YOU START COMING), REQUIRE FULL BEE SUITS: HAT, VEIL, GLOVES, FULL COVERING - JACKET & PANTS, HEAVY SHOES THAT THE BEES WON'T STING THROUGH, PANTS TAPED AROUND THE BOTTOM SO THE BEES CAN'T GET UP YOUR LEGS). IF YOU DON'T HAVE THE PROTECTIVE ATTIRE YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO ATTEND THE CLASS.

CLASS SCHEDULE

Class #1: Sunday., 2/10/19, 9am-noon. Topic: Preparing to Be a Beekeeper; Is Beekeeping Right for You, Things to Consider, Benefits, What Do I Need? (NO BEE SUIT REQUIRED.) Location: The Valley Hive's store: 10538 Topanga Cyn Blvd., Chatsworth, CA 91311.

Class #2: Sunday, 3/10/19, 9am-noon. Topic: Putting together a hive box; placement of your hive; installing a package. (NO BEE SUIT REQUIRED.) Location: The Valley Hive's store: 10538 Topanga Cyn Blvd., Chatsworth, CA 91311. (DAYLIGHT SAVINGS DAY!)

Class #3:  Sunday, 4/14/19, 9am-noon. Topics: How to install a bee package. Inspecting your hive. (BEE SUIT REQUIRED.) Location: The Valley Hive’s apiary: 9633 Baden Ave., Chatsworth, CA 91311.

Class #4:  Sunday, 5/12/19, 9am-noon. Topic: Inspecting your hive. (BEE SUIT REQUIRED.) Location: The Valley Hive’s apiary: 9633 Baden Ave., Chatsworth, CA 91311.

Class #5:  Sunday, 6/09/19,  9am-noon. Topic: Treating for pests. (BEE SUIT REQUIRED.) Location: The Valley Hive’s apiary: 9633 Baden Ave., Chatsworth, CA 91311.

Class #6:  Sunday, 7/14/19, 9am-noon. Topic: Treating for pests. (BEE SUIT REQUIRED.) Location: The Valley Hive’s apiary: 9633 Baden Ave., Chatsworth, CA 91311.

Class #7:  Sunday, 8/11/19, 9am-noon. Topic: Splitting a hive, honey extraction. (BEE SUIT REQUIRED.) Location: The Valley Hive’s apiary: 9633 Baden Ave., Chatsworth, CA 91311.

September:  No Bee Class. We will be volunteering on various dates at the Los Angeles County Fair Bee Booth, sharing our beekeeping knowledge and experience to educate others.

Class #8: Sunday, 10/13/19, 9am-noon. Topic: Last class of the 2018 season. (BEE SUIT REQUIRED.) Location: The Valley Hive - TBD.

In Beekeeping Class 101 you learn the basics of beekeeping. This is a great class for beginning beekeepers and an excellent refresher course.

Our goal: To walk you through an entire season of keeping bees.

You’ll learn:

  • Care of ourselves and others as we learn responsible beekeeping in an urban environment

  • Protective clothing (bee suit, hat, veil, gloves, etc.)

  • Construction of a hive

  • Safe placement of a hive

  • How to approach a hive

  • Stages of life cycle within a colony

  • General maintenance of a hive

  • Troubleshooting in the hive

  • Diseases, mites, moths, and their treatment

  • What to do if you come in contact with an aggressive hive

  • Bee stings

Thank you to Bill's Bees for hosting the LACBA Beekeeping Class 101 for so many years!

We'd like to thank Bill Lewis and Clyde Steese of Bill's Bees for making their apiaries available to us year after year and for sharing their experience, knowledge, and time with us. Their dedication to the art and craft of beekeeping made these classes available, affordable, and highly enjoyable. Their steadfast adherence to Best Management Practices for the bees and beekeepers continue to make keeping bees an adventure in responsible beekeeping. We’d also like to thank the experienced beekeepers from the LACBA who give of their knowledge and time to make these gatherings of beekeepers intimate groups of hands on learning. Thank you to all the beekeepers who have participated in our Beekeeping Class 101 over the years. Our Beekeeping Classe 101 grew from under 20 newbees in 2009 to over 200 in 2016. There's nothing like the beauty of standing on top of a mountain, surrounded by millions of honey bees. We are forever grateful to Bill and Clyde for giving us the appreciation for the gift of the bees! 

  LACBA Beekeeping class 101 - 2009 at bill’s bees

LACBA Beekeeping class 101 - 2009 at bill’s bees