Bee School 2017

We will cover basic techniques of "organic" beekeeping, including materials and equipment, beehive structure, the life cycle of bees, hive development and dynamics, seasonal apiary work, honey and hive products, common pests and diseases, and hive management - with an emphasis on ecologically-friendly management techniques. We will taste local and varietal honeys, and learn about harvesting and using bee products. You will learn everything you need to know to set up your own backyard apiary!

DATES & TIMES: Five Thursday evenings January-March from 7:00-8:30pm. Plus three hands-on field dates in March-April. See below for details.
1/26 from 7:00-8:30pm
2/2 from 7:00-8:30pm
2/9 from 7:00-8:30pm
2/16 from 7:00-8:30pm
3/2 from 7:00-8:30pm
(3/9 = backup/snow date)
FIELD DAYS* (times TBD):
3/19 10am to 3pm - Assembling Your Hive at Ag Hall (Jamaica Plain)
4/2 Hiving Package Bees (at the BABA Teaching Apiary at Boston Nature Center)
4/8 First Inspection (at the BABA Teaching Apiary at Boston Nature Center)
   *Dates subject to change due to weather, delays in bee delivery, etc. Additional optional, open to the public Field Days will be included in the course syllabus.
LOCATION: Urbano Project, 29 Germania Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 (located in the Brewery complex on Amory Street, across from Stony Brook T Stop)
Space and time to enroll is limited! Register today! 
Pre-registration highly recommended (space may fill up and only those pre-registered will be guaranteed a seat).
COST: $165
* Course fee includes 5 classroom sessions and 3 hands-on workshops/field days, in addition to exclusive access to numerous resources.
*BABA Members receive priority registration to Bee School (starting 12/17 at noon) and a 15% discount (as well as other membership benefits throughout the year). Visit BABA's membership page to become a member and take advantage of benefits today!
*Limited scholarships are available to interested individuals experiencing financial hardship. If you are interested in a scholarship, please send an email describing your circumstances to and we will be in touch!
Course books will be provided (to those who want more than a PDF) for $10.
Course instructors: The course will be taught by members of Boston Area Beekeepers Association ( This year's instructors include Bill Perkins, Rachael Bonoan, Sadie Brown and other experienced local beekeepers. For more on our organizing team & core instructors please visit: