Courses & Seminars
Any New Jersey,
full-time student interested in becoming
involved in beekeeping can apply for a
scholarship to one of the 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Basic Beekeeping:
Three Day Short Course - Saturdays, February 18 & 25, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (snow date March 4, 2017). Garibaldi Hall, Essex County Environmental Center, 621B Eagle Rock Avenue, Roseland, NJ 07068.
Field Day in April, 2017 TBA at area apiary. Presented by the Essex County Beekeepers Society, a branch of the New Jersey Beekeepers Association, with head instructor
and 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: $155 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.
- 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: email@example.com. 2016 Bee School
Bee-ginner's Beekeeping: The Basics of Apiculture: September 22-24, 2016, Rutgers EcoComplex. This two and a half-day program covers the basics of apiculture by providing comprehensive information and hands-on experience to help students start, maintain and care for a honey bee colony.
Course topics include: Bee Biology, Bees in an Urban Setting, Disease and Mite Prevention, Hive Assembly and Management, Honey Extraction, Queen Bee Purchasing,
and much more! This apiculture course includes hands-on training on a number of important topics related to beekeeping, including assembling hives and opening and examining colonies. From disease and mite prevention and hive management to honey production, this class will cover everything you need to know to further your hobby or get your business off the ground. More information:
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.
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
firstname.lastname@example.org or call Tammy Commander at the Extension Office at (856) 451-2800, ext. 1. Click here
for course flyer.
- Beyond the
Basics: Practical Hive Management Tools
for Beekeepers - Last time offered was
June 11-12, 2015. Dates for 2016
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 will be limited.
Details and online registration information will be
posted when available.
- 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 EAS2016@njbeekeepers.org if you’d like to help. For EAS
membership information, click here.
2017: a biennial,
international beekeeping congress to be
held in Istanbul,
Turkey from September
29 - October 4, 2017. Click here for more information.
Valley College Summer Beekeeping Course -
An introductory Beekeeping
will be offered Friday, July 15, 2016 to Sunday, July
17, 2016 (9:00 am to 4:00 pm). 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
- The New Jersey Beekeepers Association has five brochures which are distributed to the branches for use in public
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
email@example.com if you are interested in purchasing brochures.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org,
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.