Each year, Jefferson Beekeepers Association (EJBees) offers an IN-PERSON beginning beekeeping course taught by experienced beekeepers from our club in the early spring, from mid-March through April.

Although the in-person course is over for this year (2022), an online video presentation of the same material is available for the rest of the year to new and old members of EJBees on our blog site, It is a stand-alone course that you can visit online at your convenience, and it serves as a great review for those who already attended the classes in person, as well.

The course is appropriate for adults, students, and families.

Description: There are five "modules", each consisting of two classes. Topics include practical information and beekeeping techniques, as well as aspects of bee biology and behavior.

After taking this course, you will be ready to establish your own apiary, perhaps beginning next spring when you can order new queens, "nucleus hives" or "packages" of bees (discover what those terms mean when you take the course!).

And in the meantime, you can continue to learn more about bees and beekeeping, and get to know a very friendly and welcoming group of local beekeepers by attending the monthly EJBees meetings and participating in special workshops and events through the year.

Cost: The course is free of charge for EJBees members, and you must be a member to participate. The online version is password-protected.

Join EJBees: Individual membership is $24/year; family membership is $36, and there are many benefits of being part of this organization: monthly general meetings with presentations, discussions, and Q-and-A sessions; special events throughout the year; a mentoring program; educational outreach; a monthly newsletter; and more!

You can join the club in person at our monthly or use our handy mail-in form available in the "Membership" section of this website ( Simply fill out your contact information, be sure to indicate your interest in the beekeeping course, and mail to the following address:

EJBA, PO Box 1984, Port Townsend, WA 98368-8011.

Contact: For more information, contact Rich or Susi Thomas -