2020 Beekeeping Classes

Spring Beginner Beekeeping Classes Available to SABA Members


We highly recommend a class or class series for any person starting out, or in their first few years.  It’s also a good idea if you have been having trouble with beekeeping. If you can’t dedicate 5 evenings and part of a Saturday to this excellent beginner series, there are other options: A day-long class at Betterbee, and at other clubs such as Bennington Beekeepers. Remember to try and come to as many SABA meetings as possible to listen to speakers and hobnob with members. The annual all day seminar is March 28, a good way to absorb many topics and meet people, but not a how-to for beginners.


Dates: Weds. March 4, 11, 18, 25 and April 1.  5 night classes in the series.

Makeup date in case SABA cancels due to bad weather: THURSDAY April 9

Time: 6:30-9:00pm

Location: Same place SABA meets monthly, Saratoga County Cornell Cooperative Extension, 50 West High St. Ballston Spa. We’ll be in one half of the large room, check both halves.


A 6th class in a bee yard, on a weekend in May. To be announced in late March.


The whole series is recommended. 6 classes! Over 13 hours of learning!


Books: Hive Management by Richard Bonney, and A Year in the Apiary by Delaplane. These are available through Amazon, any bookstore or your local beekeeping supplier!

Cost: Classes series is $50 per person. Must be a current, paid-up member. You buy the books.

Membership choices: 

$15/yr/individual, $20/yr/family, $60/5 yrs/individual, $150 lifetime/individual

Memberships run from January 1 to December 31.

All SABA Youth Award applicants from any year get these classes for free. You still need to get the books and membership on your own, and please register to make sure you get a seat.         Youth Award winners get books and membership as part of their awards and are automatically registered.


Registration: Please register and pay by mail or in person at a meeting. Mail or bring a sheet of paper with student’s name and all contact information {address, phone(s), email}, and payment for class, plus membership fee. Add a note that says it’s for classes.

Address if mailing:      Treasurer

            Kirt Coonradt

            471 Waterbury Rd.

            Nassau, NY 12123


Class Organizers:     Anne Frey 518-258-7503 annef2525@gmail.com

                                     Ian Munger beekeeper@bluelinehoney.com