Basic Beekeeping Course

February 4, 2023
8:30am - 4:00pm

3-DAY SHORT COURSE: Saturdays, February 4 & 11; Snow-day March 11; Field Day TBA

For adults and children ages 12 and older. This short course is appropriate for new
beekeepers, as well as those who need a refresher. It is offered by the Essex County
Beekeepers Society,, a branch of the New Jersey
Beekeepers Association, and overseen by EAS Certified Master Beekeeper Landi Simone.
Successful completion of this class fulfills the education requirement necessary to
legally keep bees in NJ. Classroom topics covered include: Honey-Bee Biology,
Beekeeping Equipment, Getting Started with Bees, Keeping Bees in Populated Areas,
Bee Plants, Seasonal Management, Honey Bee Pests and Diseases, Harvesting Your Honey Crop,
Queens, Queen Problems and Re-Queening. Day 3, Field Day, takes place in apiaries in Montville
Township and provides students with an introduction to working with the bees. Students will have the
experience of opening and inspecting a beehive themselves and obtain hands-on lessons in
recognizing the various components of a hive and colony as well as inspection basics such as smoker
lighting, protective gear, and correct use of the hive tool.
For more information, contact registrar Justin Luna at

Online registration
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Meet in Garibaldi Hall. Fee: $130, which includes all class materials, continental breakfast, and afternoon snack.