Education: Short Courses & Seminars

    Any New Jersey, full-time student interested in becoming involved in beekeeping can apply for a scholarship to one of the Rutgers, Essex, Jersey Cape or Sussex courses offered below. The youth must be a New Jersey resident, a full-time student and between the ages of 12 and 22 as of the start date of the course they are applyng for. Applications must be submitted with enough time to review and for us to enroll you in the class you are interested in. Click here for complete guidelines. Click here for an application form. If you have any questions about this program, please email

  • Basic Beekeeping: Three Day Short Course - Saturdays, February 20 & 27, 2016, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (snow date March 5, 2016) Garibaldi Hall, Essex County Environmental Center, 621B Eagle Rock Avenue, Roseland, NJ 07068.  Field Day in April, 2016 TBA at various area apiaries. Presented by the Essex County Beekeepers Society, a branch of the New Jersey Beekeepers Association, with head instructor/coordinator Master Beekeeper Landi Simone. This class covers everything you need to know from purchasing  equipment to harvesting honey. Basics of disease and mite management will be covered. Scholarships for this course are available for full-time students ages 12-22. Fee: $150 per person includes NJBA membership in a chapter of your choice, class materials, continental breakfast, and afternoon snack. For more information contact registrar Pat Gamsby at BJORNLASS@AOL.COM or 973 396-8996. E-mail is the best means of reaching Pat. Click here to register.

  • January, 2016: The Sussex County Beekeepers Association is pleased to announce the dates for the 2016 Beginning Beekeeping Course. The two-day school will be held on January 23 and 30, 2016, with February 6 on hold in case of inclement weather. Held at the Sussex County Fairgrounds Administration Building in Augusta, NJ, the class will cover all the topics needed to obtain a good working knowledge of bee biology, equipment, and livestock management practices, and includes a free membership in the New Jersey Beekeepers Association, lunches, a text book and post-class support/mentorship for the students. If you are interested in signing up for the course, please send an email with your contact information to: 2016 Bee School Registration form.

  • 2016 Bee-ginners Beekeeping Course - Offered by the Jersey Cape Beekeepers Association and the Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Cape May County in Cape May Court House, NJ, it will be held on six Friday evenings in two-hour sessions from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. starting on February 19, 2016 and ending April 8, 2016. The final session is held on a Saturday in April when the bees arrive. Applications will be posted when available. Contact Bill Eisele for more information.

  • 2016 Basics of Beekeeping Course: Offered by the South Jersey Beekeepers Association and Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Cumberland County. The class will be held for 6 consecutive Saturdays from 9:00-11:00AM starting on February 6th. The classes will be held at the Rutgers Cooperative Extension Office, 291 Morton Avenue, Millville, NJ 08332. The fee for the course is $95.00 and includes membership in the NJBA. The deadline for registration is January 29, 2016. To register or to get additional information on the course contact Ned Morgan at or call Tammy Commander at the Extension Office at (856) 451-2800, ext. 1. Click here for course flyer.

  • Bee-ginner's Beekeeping - April 2016. Hands-on, three-day course for new beekeepers to start and care for a honeybee colony. 9:00AM to 4:00 PM on a Thursday and a Friday; 9:00 AM to 12:00 noon on a Saturday. Exact dates and location are to be determined. This is a great course that covers basic bee biology, hive management, queen bee purchasing, honey extraction, candle-making and more. Hands-on sessions include assembling hives, opening and examining colonies, as well as honey tasting. Taught by former NJBA President Bob Hughes and State Apiarist Tim Schuler. Check back here for details.

  • Beyond the Basics: Practical Hive Management Tools for Beekeepers - Last time offered was June 13-14, 2014. Dates for 2014 will be posted when available. This two-day, hands-on course is tailored to beekeepers who have kept a hive of bees for a full year and will include IPM (Integrated Pest Management), how to move hives, how to feed, how to harvest honey and small-scale queen and nuc production. It will not cover beekeeping fundamentals. Taught by Bob Hughes and Tim Schuler, class size is limited to 40. Click here for details and online registration information from last class.

  • Eastern Apiculture Society (EAS) Annual Conference - Every summer EAS conducts its Annual Conference consisting of lectures, workshops, vendor displays, short courses for beginning and advanced beekeepers, and annual business meeting in one of its 26 member states or provinces in the Eastern United States and Canada. Over 400 people generally attend the conference each year. EAS 2016 will be held July 25-219, 2016 at Stockton University in Galloway, NJ.The NJBA will be looking for volunteers to help out with this conference. Contact Joe Alvarez at if you’d like to help. For EAS membership information, click here.

  • Apimondia 2017: a biennial, international beekeeping congress to be held in Istanbul, Turkey from September 29 - October 4, 2017. Click here for more information.

  • Delaware Valley College Summer Beekeeping Course - The annual summer Beekeeping short-course was last offered July 10-12, 2015 (9:00 am to 4:00 pm, daily). Dates for 2016 will be posted when available. The Delaware Valley College’s Beekeeping Course is intended for all skill levels. Previous participants have ranged from professional beekeepers to beginning hobbyists. Participants must be 13 years old unless accompanied by an adult. Bring your own lunch. A video was shown during lunch. Teachers and nature center directors also attended and used the material in their own classrooms. A number of people included the course in their summer vacations. Taught by Dr. Vincent Aloyo, Ph.D. (40 years beekeeping experience) and Assistant Professor of Biology Dr. Christopher Tipping. The cost was $190. For further information on this and a Queen Rearing class held June 13-14, 23, 2015 ($185), go to their website.

Marketing Materials

The New Jersey Beekeepers Association has five brochures which are distributed to the branches for use in public outreach activities: Copies of these brochures can be obtained from your branch president. If you would like to purchase brochures, they are available in packets of 50 per brochure at a cost of $14 per packet, plus postage. Contact if you are interested in purchasing brochures.

Topics of Interest

  • Swarms? Honey bees reproduce by "casting swarms" in the spring. Hives that are healthy and strong will produce new queens in the early spring. When the new queen emerges, the old queen leaves with about half of the hive population. The swarm will usually settle in a bush or tree and form a large solid cluster while scout bees search for a new home. At this time, with full honey stomachs and no brood or hive to defend, these swarming bees are not typically agressive. In a few hours or a day or two they will fly off to a new home. Click here for pictures of honey bee swarms. Have a swarm within reach on your property? Send the location of the swarm, address, how long it has been there and contact information to, or click here for a list of beekeepers in the New Jersey that you can contact directly for swarm removal. Want more information on swarming activity in New Jersey or want to report a swarm that you have collected? Click here.

    A swarm in May - is worth a load of hay.

    A swarm in June - is worth a silver spoon.

    A swarm in July - isn't worth a fly.

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