Beekeeping is an investment and there is no better way to protect your investment than by working with an experienced beekeeper to learn the skills needed. We offer a rotating menu of beginner and intermediate classes. See below for current schedule. Looking for private lessons? Contact us to schedule!
May 25 : Apothecary with Beeswax
This creative class covers the ins and outs of working with beeswax. Learn how bees produce beeswax, and the importance of this unique renewable resource in the course of history. We will demonstrate how we process wax from the hive and then learn the many applications from products for your body to use in the kitchen. Finally, you will get to make your own lip balm and dip your own mini taper candles to take home! This class is perfect for beekeepers and non-beekeepers alike.
Price: $35 + $15 materials fee
6 PM - 8 PM at Craft, 4704 East Cesar Chavez Street in the back, Austin, Texas 78702
May 31 and June 11 : Intro to Bees and Urban Beekeeping
Intrigued by honey bees? Interested in starting your own backyard hive? Join us to learn what to consider before you take the plunge and how to get started as a backyard beekeeper! This class will focus on bee biology and behavior and how to get started as an urban beekeeper, including discussions of city and state regulations, a demonstration of necessary equipment, and information on where you can get your own bees. You will leave this class with a booklet of resources to help you start your very own bee hive. After this classroom section, you will be primed to continue your bee education with a hands-on field workshop with Tara.
Two locations and days to choose from:
1. May 31: 6-8pm at Round Rock Garden Center, 901 Sam Bass Rd, Round Rock, TX 78681
2. June 11: 3:30-5:30pm at CRAFT AUSTIN, 4704A E Cesar Chavez St #5, Austin, TX 78702
September 30 : Hive Inspection 101: Hands-on Beekeeping Class
Have you taken an intro to beekeeping class, and ready to take your education to the next level? Are you a brand new beekeeper, or planning to get bees in the next year? Then this class is for you!
Note: we cap this class at 12 students total to allow you the best opportunity for a truly hands-on experience!
This class is dedicated to learning how to inspect a honey bee hive. This class is perfect for new beekeepers, or those preparing to start their own hives soon. Learn how, when, and why you should conduct hive inspections. We will discuss seasonal considerations, what's 'normal' and what's not, and get an introductory to all-natural integrated pest management techniques and we will learn the basics of lighting a smoker. If you own a smoker, feel free to bring yours to practice! After suiting up in protective gear (provided), we will spend time performing a hive inspection as a group. You will learn how to identify honey bee eggs, larvae, and pupae, and everyone will be given time to practice handling and moving hive bodies and frames during the inspection. This is a hands-on class, so get ready to handle frames of bees!
This class requires basic knowledge of bee behavior and biology. Brand new to bees and beekeeping? Contact us to learn how to ensure you are properly prepared for this class!
Price: $95. Includes protective gear.
Looking for something different or private lessons? We do those too! Contact Tara for a list of private lesson rates and special packages for a beekeeping education tailored to fit your needs!