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​​NEKBA Beekeeping Classes 2022  2 options 

Class #1 -Beginning Beekeeping.  

Class #2 - Year 2 & beyond.                     Or both!

WHEN: Saturday, January 29th | 9 AM – 5:30 PM Class #1   

WHEN: Saturday, February 26th | 9 AM – 5:30 PM Class #2

WHERE: In-Person, Douglas County Fairgrounds, Lawrence, KS 

REGISTRATION is CLOSED for 2022: Registration Form

2022 Bee-ginning Beekeeping Class Intro Page (January 29th)

2022 Year 2 & Bee-Yond Class Intro Page (February 26th)

Resources for Better Beekeeping for 2022 with links.

Use PayPal to register or print & mail the form.  

Contact Class Chair-person, Becky Tipton, at 785-484-3710


bee class 2022 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 2020? Here is an idea to get you started in the1st year (download .2022pdf or .2022xlsx)

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. 

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.

Subscribe to a beekeeping magazine

​​About the 2022 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 29, 2022 and February 26, 2022. Plan on arriving a little early for better seating. Doors open at 8:30 AM

Dadant & Son's "Me & Beekeeping" Brochure (.pdf download 1.4MB)

1) 2022 Bee-ginning Beekeeping Class Intro Page

January 29, 2022. Saturday in-person

​9:00 am 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.

Northeastern Kansas Beekeepers Association

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2) 2022 Year 2 & Bee-Yond Class Intro Page

February 26, 2022.  Saturday in-person

​9:00 am to 5:00 pm


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


February 26, 2022. The location is still being determined.

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