Interested in becoming a backyard beekeeper? We offer classes, hands-on workshops, and one-on-one consulting! Our classes and workshops are taught in partnership with an amazing non-profit group called The San Diego Sustainable Living Institute! Our bee classes have limited seating to ensure that our students receive quality education vs. quantity so be sure to sign up in advance!
All our classes focus on sustainable, natural and alternative beekeeping practices and are especially designed for hobbyist backyard beekeepers. Hilary is the instructor for all the classes and she knows how intimidating beekeeping can be from the beginner’s perspective so she makes a big point of being friendly and accessible. You have nothing to fear! Take the plunge and sign up now!
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Introduction to Beekeeping
If you’re thinking about starting a bee hive or are just curious about what’s involved with keeping bees, then this is a great introductory class for you. The class is designed for absolute beginners so no prerequisite knowledge is required. Hilary will teach you how the honey bee lives, discuss different hive designs, and tell you how to get started with your own hive. This class will be approximately 3 hours long and there will be no hands-on beekeeping so protective clothing and bravery will not be necessary.
Beekeeping 201 – Beginning Hive Inspection
Join us for some hands-on beekeeping! This is the second class in Hilary’s beekeeping series. It will focus on basic hive inspections for new beekeepers. Learn how to properly protect yourself from the bees, how to use your smoker and what to look for when inspecting a hive all first-hand! We will also spend some time talking about where to place your hive in your yard, what you can do to minimize their presence in a smaller yard, and how to protect your pets and neighbors.
If you attended Hilary’s first class and are ready for the next step this class is it! Please note, Hilary’s first class is a prerequisite to this one. Please only sign up if you have already attended the Intro to Beekeeping class.
This class requires protective clothing! It will be a hands-on class so all attendees must bring their own bee suits and gloves (A bee veil is provided). If you have questions about what kind of clothing you need to bring or if you don’t have a suit yet email Hilary prior to the class.
Bee Hive Relocation Workshop
Join us for some hands on beekeeping! This is part of Hilary’s advanced workshop series. It will focus on hive removal and relocation. Bees often set up their homes in unwanted locations and unfortunately, a lot of them are poisoned as a means of removal. Now, you can learn how to safely remove and re-home an established beehive colony and become part of the sustainable solution!
Please note, Hilary’s Introduction to Beekeeping class is a prerequisite to this one. Please only sign up if you have already attended the Intro to Beekeeping class. This class requires protective clothing! It will be a hands-on class so all attendees must bring their own bee suits and gloves (A bee veil is provided). If you have questions about what kind of clothing you need to bring or if you don’t have a suit yet email Hilary prior to the class.