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Area Beekeeping Classes

2017 Beginner Beekeeping Workshop – January 28, 2017 – 08:30 AM, The Gathering Place 6 Pine Street Mount Joy, PA

Sponsored by: Lancaster County Beekeeper’s Society

Registration Deadline: Monday, January 23, 2017
Cost: $65/Person

This yearly beginner beekeeping workshop includes all the information you need to get started in this extremely rewarding activity. Morning pastries with coffee/tea and then a delicious lunch are included. Doors open at 8am for sign-in (you must be preregistered). The workshop begins promptly at 9am.

Cost to attend the 2017 workshop is $55 and includes a one year membership in the Lancaster County Beekeepers Society. Since part of the $55 is membership dues for the year, each additional household member living at the same address is $45 to attend as our yearly dues cover an entire household.

At present, we’re planning to register 80 people this year and the registration will close at noon on February 2nd, 2016. Immediate payment is encouraged but paying by check is also acceptable. Payment must be received be 1/23/2017. In the unlikely event that seats are still available on the day of the workshop, the “pay at the door” cost will be $65 with $55 for each additional household member. You can register for this class here.

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Beekeeping 101 – Friday, 7pm – 9pm, February 24, 2017, Farm Show Complex, Harrisburg

Registration Deadline: Monday, February 20, 2017
Cost: $5/Person

Honeybees have received a lot of attention in the news in recent months with stories of “Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD)”, “Killer Bees”, “Varroa Mites”, and “Pesticide Usage”. This heightened awareness about the plight of the honeybee has rekindled an interest for many in the age-old craft of beekeeping.

If you are one of the many people who want to help the honeybee, and you are considering becoming a beekeeper, then this Capital Area Beekeepers class is for YOU!

Taught by Central Pennsylvania’s most knowledgeable and respected beekeepers, attendee’s of this two hour class will hear what beekeeping is about, what is required to be successful and the associated costs for supplies and materials. Other topics to be discussed include:

  • Is beekeeping for me?
  • What is a bee hive?
  • Where to buy parts and supplies
  • Where & when do I get bees?
  • When should I begin?
  • What will this hobby cost?
  • Where can I put a bee hive?
  • How do I install and feed package bees?
  • Do I need a mentor?
  • How much honey will my bees make?

Students receive handouts to help guide them in the purchase of beekeeping equipment, as well as materials to learn more about honeybees themselves!

We ask that you please pre-register for the meeting so we can provide refreshments and handouts for everyone.

This class is expected to fill quickly. Print the registration form, fill it out and mail it soon.

Send your requests for more information to Linda Klutas at

Note: Attendee’s of this class receive a $5.00 credit toward a 2 Day Short Course on Beekeeping to be held in Spring of 2017. Be watching this page for more information about dates and times.

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2017 PennApic Spring Workshop – Saturday, March 19h, 12pm – 4pm, Dover Union Fire House, 30 E. Canal Str. Dover, Pa. [Doors open at 11:30am] (Map)

Cost: Free/Open to the Public

Program times will be added as they become available. But please make plans to stay the day!

Workshops tailored on beginner beekeeping, and helping new beekeepers in all aspects of beekeeping. If you are a beekeeper, looking to start beekeeping, or just interested in helping the honey bees, this is for YOU!

Program highlights include:

  • A native bee table with demonstrations on keeping native bees conducted by Scott Famous from Montgomery County.
  • Bluebird house building with the Bluebird Society of Pennsylvania
  • Local Honey available for purchase. Local Honey from area PennApic beekeepers.
  • Equipment suppliers for all your beekeeping needs.
  • Silent Auction and Door prizes throughout the day.
  • Special round table discussion with experienced beekeeper to answer all your questions.
  • Children’s Activities – We will make sure your children are entertained allowing
    you to enjoy the days activities.
  • Top Bar Hive and alternative beekeeping displays.
  • Honey extraction demonstration.
  • Soap making demonstration with Diane Wiest of Dauphin County. Diane is known for her soaps and is one of the best soapmakers in the area.
  • Hand lotion, salves, and extracts with Dawn Toutkaldjian.
  • We will have on hand almost all the different types of beehives you can imagine.
  • Hand dip your own beeswax candles. Kim Goodman and Ken Hill from Cumberland County will show the finer art of hand dipped candles as well as different molds and techniques.
  • Observation hive with live bees provided by Tristan Saunders.
  • Outdoor program working bees
  • Come for an hour…or come for the entire day! Food provided by the firehouse.

This is the place to rub elbows, ask experienced beekeepers questions, meet a new friend, and further your beekeeping knowledge base.

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30th Annual Short-Course on Beekeeping – Date to be announced, 8am – 4pm, Dauphin County Agriculture & Natural Resources Center, 1451 Peter’s Mountain Rd, Dauphin.

Registration Deadline: TBD
Cost: ?/Person

This beekeeping course is conducted on two consecutive Saturdays in Spring, and covers beekeeping topics from A to Z. Attendees hear from master beekeepers and research scientists on numerous aspects of beekeeping including:

  • Bee Biology
  • Beekeeping equipment
  • Disease identification and treatment
  • Hive management techniques
  • How and where to site an apiary
  • Pollination & bee-friendly plants
  • Buying and installing packaged bees
  • Extracting and marketing honey and hive products
  • And much, much more.

Held at the Dauphin County Agriculture & Natural Resources Center, the 2 Day Short Course on Beekeeping draws attendees from around the mid-Atlantic region.

Students attend the first day to learn about beekeeping methods and tasks. On the second day attendees visit a working apiary where they have an opportunity to see beekeeping in action and participate in various activities.

Because of its popularity this class fills quickly. Don’t delay! To register, please print and mail this registration form from 2016.

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