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Beekeeping classes are taught by a Master Beekeeper and come with the use of a bee suit and gloves at no additional charge. Sign up today, as classes are limited to 5 students and fill up fast. Just imagine, you can gain the knowledge you need to become a beekeeper and start your own apiary!
This class is designed to teach the basics of keeping honey bees in the low, southwest desert of Arizona. The course runs approximately three hours and is split into two components: classroom education and hands-on experience. The classroom portion provides students with general knowledge of honey bee biology, standard beekeeping equipment, and best practices for colony management. The hands-on experience provides students a unique opportunity to suit up as a beekeeper and apply the knowledge and skills learned while assisting the Master Beekeeper instructor with hive inspections in the on-site apiary. Class sizes are limited to 5 people to ensure that all students have the ability to fully participate in the beekeeping experience.
Cost: $100 per student ($65 for ages 5-12).
Location: Varies by class date; held in bee yards throughout the Valley. Specific address will be provided via email a week prior to the class.
Dates & Times: Classes are held October-May from 9am-12pm, subject to weather conditions.
Additional Information: Please wear closed-toe shoes and mid-calf socks, and bring plenty of water as it can be hot in a bee suit.
Protective beekeeping clothing and tools will be provided by Honey Hive Farms for use during the hands-on portion.
Classes will be rescheduled if weather conditions necessitate such action and will be done at the discretion of the instructor.
Military discount is available upon request.
We are an approved Arizona Empowerment Scholarship vendor and documentation for reimbursement is available upon request.
Effective 11/8/23, a Parent or Legal Guardian is required to be in attendance for the duration of the event for students under the age of 18, and must therefore purchase a separate class seat.
If you have additional questions regarding classes, please call/text Connie Moore at (602) 330-8469.
Hands-on beekeeping class
Please wear closed-toed shoes, mid-calf socks, and loose-fitting and light-colored clothing. We also recommend that you not use perfume or cologne as the bees may mistake you for a fragrant flower.