Beekeeping Classes

SABA Classes for Spring 2017

Information submitted by Anne Frey,, 518-258-7503
and Ian Munger

The Intermediate class has been cancelled, due to a lack of interest.

Current SABA membership is required to take beekeeping classes. If you are a SABA Life member or a current member with dues paid for 2017, you do not need to purchase the membership to take the class. One membership is required per household.

Beginner Class Dates (all classes are 6-8:45PM)

  • Group 1 – 2/1, 3/1, 3/8, 3/15, 3/22. Plus a daytime bee yard class TBA.
    Group 1 is now FULL.

  • Group 2 – 2/1, 3/29, 4/5, 4/12, 4/19. Plus a daytime bee yard class TBA.
    Group 2 is now FULL.

The first class night is the same for both Group 1 and Group 2.

The first class night is set quite early to help you choose bees and equipment, and give you time to order them. Further topics include basic bee life cycle, locating a place for your hives, working your bees comfortably, use of a smoker and hive tool, feeding, getting comb drawn well, supering, swarming, fall management, winter prep, hive products, basic disease and pest management. This class series is for people who range from just starting out to those who have had bees for years but are not confident with the bees, or who may be on a treadmill of annual hive death.

Costs: Beginner Series, 6 classes for $90 (excluding books).

Cost DOES NOT include the required texts: Hive Management by Bonney and A Beekeeper’s Handbook by Sammataro and Avitabile. Again, these two texts are required! Cost of books through SABA: $15 (Hive Management) and $18 (The Beekeeper’s Handbook). When you register, check the books you’d like SABA to order for you, and pay your class registration check or PayPal payment. The books will be distributed at the first class.

Time and Location:

Night classes will be held from 6-8:45pm in the Street Room at the Cornell Cooperative Extension Building at 50 West High St, Ballston Spa, 12020 (518-885-8995). A final, additional class for each series will be held in a nearby bee yard in early May, date and location to be announced.