OUR 2023 Beekeeping Classes are SOLD OUT! Check back next year for our 2024 Classes in January & February or become a member and come to our weekly beeyards from spring to fall. These are live, hands on training in our club beehives.
Sign up for one of our 2023 Beekeeping classes using the links below, you only need to sign up for one of the dates.
Beekeeping classes make a great Christmas or Birthday gift! Sign up now as we always sell out!
When our schools are in session, learning is fun and easy when you attend the ECOBA Earl James Bee School. You will learn about:
We will teach you getting started with bees, practical beekeeping, pest management, wintering your bees and so much more! The instructors are experienced beekeepers with a love for teaching. Also included in the class is a one year membership to our club where we have hands on learning all year long, like a build day in March to learn how to build woodenware, bee installation in May, weekly hands on beeyard every Thursday nights from May to October, Honey Extraction/Bottling/Labeling class, and more!
All single registrant fees include a workbook with additional registrants having the the option to purchase additional workbooks for additional attendees, or share a workbook; a one-year membership in our East Central Ohio Beekeepers Assoc.; a first year complimentary membership in the Ohio State Beekeepers Assoc.; a hands-on teaching beeyard annually, & deep discounts on products & supplies available as a member of our association. Class fee is non-refundable. Classes will be held at the Taft Reserve South, 10383 Fairview Rd SE, Newark, OH 43055.
Basic Hive kits will also be available for registrants to order at an extreme discount (kits only, does NOT include bees, we will assist you in finding a distributor). Hive kit orders are limited when registering for class, but you will have an opportunity at the end of class to order additional kits. We will hold a Build Day weekend in March following beekeeping classes, and a Package bee installation day that kicks off our teaching beeyard in April.
Additional hands on training, equipment building sessions, etc. will be offered and announced during your class session, and mentors will be available to you to assist after the classroom sessions are over. Monthly meetings are also held for our entire membership which provide for additional knowledge, bulk purchasing opportunities, volunteer and practical, hands on events. An active first and second year teaching beeyard round out the bundle of benefits realized through your class fee.
If you have registered, we will contact you closer to your actual class date as a reminder and to let you know what to expect, and with the details of the class. We look forward to seeing you in a class in 2023!
Our Scholarship Application is open to youth ages 9 to 17. Scholarship application must be submitted (or postmarked) by November 30th.
ECOBA is a 501 (c)(3) tax exempt nonprofit organization. All proceeds from your tax deductible donation to ECOBA will go towards furthering our cause of providing quality bee education and supporting sustainable beekeeping practices in our area. Protecting honey bees is critical as they help provide much of the food on our tables.