2018 Beginning Beekeeping Classes

The East Jefferson Beekeepers Association (EJBees), in conjunction with the Washington State Master Beekeepers is again sponsoring a Beginning Beekeeping course starting February 10, 2018.

The classes and field days are timed to arm you with the knowledge and skills to begin raising your own bee colonies during 2018.

Yes, you can be trained and ready to order and install your first colonies of bees this spring!

The course runs February through May and includes actual hands-on fieldwork, working with the bees.

In addition, successful completion of the course earns you the official Washington State designation of Apprentice Beekeeper.


Location: Jefferson County Library (in the meeting room in the front entrance) in Hadlock.   Some sessions will have hands-on field-days, held at an EJBees club-member's apiary.
Dates: Two Saturdays a month beginning February 10, 2018.  (See below.)
Time: 11AM - noon on 2nd Saturdays;  10AM - Noon on 4th Saturdays
Cost: The course fees will be $10 in addition to the annual membership dues of $24, for a total cost of $34.  Plus there is a Master Beekeepers registration fee of about $10.00. 
Class text: The text will be the new book written by the Washington State Master Beekeepers. It is available free of charge on
their website:


Or Harry will send a copy to anyone who sends him
a request. e-mail at haroldp5@gmail.com


Feb 10     11-noon    LESSON 1 The Honeybee and Her Products
Feb 24     9-noon     LESSON 2 Making Woodenware - Required equipment 
                      LESSON 3 Getting started
March 10   11-noon    LESSON 4 Spring Management
March 24   9-noon     LESSON 5 Honeybee Diseases and Pests 
                      LESSON 6- Mites
April 14   11-noon    LESSON 7 Swarms
April 28   9-noon     LESSON 8 Summer Management and Honey Harvesting
                      LESSON 9 Fall and Winter management
May 12     11-noon    LESSON 10 Queen rearing, Marketing and Final thoughts.
May 26     9-10       REVIEW / TEST

Questions? Contact Harry Prather, course coordinator.

Phone: (360) 765-4008;   email: haroldp5@yahoo.com

Spaces are limited, so please don't delay in registering.  Call Harry to register. 

The bee classes are over for this year.

But next year, we'll do them again!

We usually offer them starting in January.  Check back for exact details.