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Beekeeping Classes

Introduction:

Want to become a beekeeper but don't know where to start? Pirate Creek Bees offers in depth and hands on beekeeping classes. All classes are led by one of the Pirate Creek beekeepers and kept small to optimize learning.

Bay Area Beekeeping

Structure:

Beginning classes consist of a 4 hour one day lesson. We start each class with a 30-45 minute lesson indoors. This is intended to give you the background knowledge you need to start inspecting hives. After our quick indoor lesson we suit up and head to the bee yard. We believe the best way to learn how to take care of a hive is by being hands on and diving right in your first hive. This portion of the class will be 2-2.5 hours in duration.  Our beekeeper will be answering any questions students have and pointing out specific things that he sees in the hives. At the conclusion of our bee yard portion, students will return to the pirate creek headquarters and eat a quick lunch. A complimentary hamburger lunch will be provided. To finish off the class, students will return to the classroom where our beekeeper will finish a final quick lesson and answer any additional questions more in depth.

  • 30-45 minute in class lesson
  • 2-2.5 hours in the bee yard
  • 30-45 final in class lesson and discussion
  • Wrap up

Material:

  • Quick anatomy of a bee
  • Structure of a hive
  • What to look for on a frame
  • Common problems beekeepers encounter
  • How to get started