Update : January 6, 2019
Both classes mentioned originally in this post have sold out.
As of yesterday afternoon were a few seats left in:
- Northern Virginia Beekeeping Association’s 4-week beginner beekeeping class, Sundays (February 10, 17, 24; March 3) in Alexandria, VA. Details: http://www.novabees.org/event-3183757
- Bee Care Institute’s Short Course on Beginning Beekeeping, Saturdays (January 12, 19, 26; February 2, 9, 16) in Washington, DC. Details: https://sites.google.com/site/beecareinstitute/courses-and-workshops/short-course
If you are planning to start beekeeping this year … better sign up soon!
Registration has opened (and possibly already closed) for several beginning beekeeper courses in the DC Metropolitan area.
There is significantly higher demand for these classes than there are seats available, so if you are considering getting involved with beekeeping in 2019, now is the time to sign up for a class.
Completing a beginner’s class is critical to being successful as a beekeeper — even if you aspire to being a backyard beekeeper as a hobby. There are many videos and blogs and webinars and such online, and there is a temptation to try to teach yourself from books and online resources. Unfortunately, there is also plenty of misinformation online. Also, beekeeping is a very localized activity. If you are going to keep bees in the DMV suburbs of DC, you really want to learn from an instructor who knows the weather, forage, health problems and conditions that will impact on keeping honey bees in this area. Your beginner’s class is also your best opportunity to find a local mentor to help you through your first couple of years.
Here are the clubs that have opened registration so far:
- The DC Beekeeper’s Alliance opened registration for their class a few days ago. Priority is given to DCBA members. If there are seats unfilled, they will be made available to the general public. For now, you must sign in with your membership credentials to sign up for the class. (https://www.dcbeekeepers.org/annual-beginning-beekeeping-course-information)I think that you can join and then sign up for the class, but you should check with Toni Burnham about whether membership is instant (so that you can log in and sign up for the class) or whether there is a delay. You can ask questions about the class and membership on their Facebook group.
- The Montgomery County Beekeeper’s Association has just opened up registration for their beginning beekeeping short course. You must be a member of the MCBA to take the class. (https://montgomerycountybeekeepers.com/short-course/)
I will update this post with information about other local beginner’s courses for 2019, and when they sell out.