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NEKBA Beekeeping Classes 2024  2 options

Class #1 -Year-2 & Beyond (January 2024)  - COMPLETED

Class #2 - Beginning Beekeeping (February 2024) 

Class #3 - Beginning Beekeeping *Condensed 

(23 March 2024) LAST CHANCE BEE CLASS 2024 !!

REGISTRATION: 2024 Registration Form (if mailing payment)

*updated February 8, 2024).

1)  2024 Year 2 & Bee-Yond Class Intro Page* (January 27, 2024)

​        *updated 20Dec2023 (n/a, closed registration)

2) 2024 Bee-ginning Beek. Intro Page (Dates are February 24, 25th -1/2 day, 2024) *updated 01Jan2024 (n/a, closed registration)

3) LAST CHANCE MAR 23, 2024 BEE CLASS 2024 Bee-ginning Beek. Intro Page* (Date: March 23, 2024) Condensed into one day. *No informational notebook provided; lunch will be provided. Register in advance.*updated 08Feb2024 OPEN REGISTRATION

​Resources for Better Beekeeping for 2024 with links to download or print. Use PayPal to register or print & mail the form.  

Contact Class Chair-person, Kristi Sanderson 

via email: Kristi Sanderson (email) or mobile phone: 913-768-4961.

Contact ROBERT BURNS for registration problems.


3) 2024 Bee-ginning Beekeeping Class Intro Page

March 23, 2024 only. Saturday ​8:30 am to 4:30 pm 

Johnson County Fairgrounds Grange Building

Gardner, KS

bee classES 2024 INFORMATION.


While you're here, might as well check out Joli Winer's presentation on: "Urban Beekeeping and Kansas Honey Plants"  

​​Did you know that Johnson County Community College offers a few levels of beekeeping courses? One of our long-term members, Robert Hughes, is the instructor. If it's not convenient for you to take our class, perhaps you might be interested in taking it from him at JCCC?  JCCC Continuing Education course information is available here.

Instructor and beekeeper Robert Hughes is available via email or by phone: 913-485-9132 (text or call). 

What equipment should I get? How much does it cost in 2023? Here is an idea to get you started in the1st year (download .2023.pdf or .2023.xlsx)

Need a book?  We recommend many but here's what we used for our 2019 class. "The Beekeeper's Handbook" by Dr. Diana Sammataro and Alphonse Aritabile. Diana was our 2016 keynote bee class speaker. 

We do better when we know better! 
Beekeepers need to have a solid understanding of honeybee biology and basic beekeeping methods. New beekeepers should take basic beekeeping courses and read at least three different beekeeping guides. Become a member of a beekeeping association that holds regular meetings. Don't forget to subscribe to a beekeeping magazine! When we know better, we do better!

​​About the 2024 classes  

Classes are held on Saturday, starting 9 am and ending between 4:30 pm - 5:00 pm at the Douglas County Fairgrounds in Lawrence, Kansas. It's the only place large enough that doesn't cost and arm & a leg. We try to keep rates low. As a non-profit we budget to cover expenses, which we come very close to doing each year that we have put on this class. Class dates are: January 27, 2024 and February 24 & 25, 2024. Plan on arriving a little early for better seating. Doors open at 8:30 AM

Dadant & Son's informational brochure:  Me? & Beekeeping!


2) 2024 Bee-ginning Beekeeping Class Intro Page

February 24 & 25, 2024. Saturday ​8:30 am to 4:30 pm and Sunday 12:30 pm to 5:00 pm.

​​​We can help you get started in keeping honey bees  

As a local association, we've been around for a while...since 1948!  People are keeping bees in the city, suburbs, as well as out in the country! We make beekeeping fun and interesting.  We share ideas on best practices - keeping your bees alive, ways to collect and harvest honey, process bees wax, market your products.   We have always been BIG on honey bee education.  ​We share ideas on what to do with your beeswax, and how to best present your products. We have members of all ages and levels--new hobbyist to professional. Our meetings are open, and there's no pressure to join. See our Bee FunDay page about our next big educational event. Also check out ourCalendar page and NEKBA Newsletter Archive.

​​​about our beginning bee class for february 2024 

In our class, we start with an overview and short history of beekeeping, followed by detailed and hands-on instruction on how to become a beekeeper. We will introduce you to bee equipment and honey bee biology. Next, we'll present on ways to obtain honey bees. We'll also talk present on installing your new bees and how to give them the best start. What to expect during the summer, and how to manage going into fall for the winter.

On the 2nd day, we'll present on how to take a look or inspect your bee colony. We'll get into varroa mite management and the varies ways this pest can be treated to try to keep your bees healthy and survive going into fall, winter, and next spring. We'll go over extracting basics: removing your honey crop and checking for moisture content. Yes, bees get problems with diseases and pests in keeping a healthy hive.Ending the class, we'll be letting you know what the association has to offer in our programs and events. We'll also have some Q&A at the end of the sessions as time allows.

Check your monthly newsletter for any updates and other programs (meetings). 

Northeastern Kansas Beekeepers Association

The Northeastern Kansas Beekeepers Association is a 501(c)5 non-profit organization.


1) 2024 Year 2 & Bee-Yond Class Intro Page

January 27, 2024.  Saturday in-person

​8:300 am to 4:30 pm

Registration is OPEN for the NEKBA 23 MARCH 2024 Class event-only.  


We are building a knowledgeable beekeeping community through fellowship, classes, and events.  

​​If you are thinking about taking a honey bee class, please consider us, NEKBA, your local association. 

There are many things to learn before embarking on this adventure. Our bee class is a combination of hands-on demonstrations and lecture-led discussions that will inspire you to get prepared and get started.

The course covers bee equipment, bee biology and anatomy, starting your first hive, products of the hive, bee friendly vegetation, and many other honey bee related subjects. 

Our Bee Class is great for people who are interested in getting started with honey bees and beekeeping. This is the course to benefit you in getting started.  And perhaps,if you have taken our bee class before, you may want to take it again as a re-fresher. It'll make even more sense after you've already had your bees for a season or several


March 2, 2024 at the Yellow Rock Barn. Information will be updated as soon as available.

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