Northeastern Kansas Beekeepers



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Happy New year 2016

Beekeepers are getting ready to leave the 2015 season behind and are busy making plans for the 2016 season. The success of a season is often decided by good plans made in advance.


Classes will start the first week of March 2016 and continuing for the following weekend. There are 2 parts to this class event. Classes are held on Sundays, starting 1 p.m. and ending between 4:30 p.m. - 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 enough to just cover expenses, which we come very close to doing each year that we have put on this class. Class dates are: March  6 and 13. Package bee arrival date will be in early April 2016. This give you time to be prepared with knowledge and equipment. Plan on arriving a little early for better seating. Doors open at 12:00 PM.

On-line registration will be available through March 5th.  Please register ahead of time. 

Cancellation Policy In the event that class is canceled due to a storm or other natural disaster, you will be refunded in full. We will email each registrant if the event is cancelled. Other refunds will be on an individual basis.

NE KS Beekeepers Association
Names of additional attendees?

bee class 2016 INFORMATION

Here's a sample viewing of Dr. Diana Sammataro's book. Diana is our 2016 keynote bee class instructor on March 6th, 2016. The book will be handed out at class.

Nebraska Beekeepers Association  (link)

​Our beekeeping friends in Nebraska held a "Make It & Take It"  class on bees wax soap making on Saturday, February 6, 2016  1 PM to 5 PM at the Seward Civic Center, 616 Bradford St, Seward, NE. 

Stay tuned for more events in Nebraska as they become posted.

This is an up-and-coming group of beekeepers and friends. 

NEKBA 2016 Beekeeping Class

Northeastern Kansas Beekeepers Association

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Our prominent NEKBA members and Master Beekeepers, Steve & Becky Tipton, of Meriden, KS will again be teaching a beginning beekeeping class at Shawnee North Community Center. The first class is Wednesday, February 17th @ 6:30 PM. They will begin with bee biology, and what you'll need to get started. Each month they will address other aspects of beekeeping, following the beekeeping year. (the 3rd Wednesday of each month) The class is free. No registration is required. Please join us! Questions welcome.   

Topeka Area Beginning Beekeepers Class:

Shawnee North Community Center, 300 NE 43rd Street (lower level)
3rd Wednesday of each month beginning February 17, 2016

No registration required. Free-- open to everyone
6:30-8:00 PM
Steve and Becky Tipton, Master beekeepers

Beekeeping Class 2016  

If you are thinking about taking a honey bee class, please consider us! The ability to down load the enrollment form is below. 

There are many things to learn before embarking on this wonderful adventure. Our bee class is a combination of hands-on demonstrations and lecture-led discussions that will inspire you to get prepared and 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. In addition, part I of the class will be led and taught by entomologist Dr. Diana Sammataro, and her book comes with the class registration!

Our Bee Class is perfect for people who are interested in getting started with honey bees and beekeeping. This is the course to benefit you in getting started.  

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 2.

​​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?  The Spring 2016 course information is available here (.pdf download 59KB).

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

In addition, the Midwestern Beekeeper's Association in Jackson County, MO also offers a beekeeping class taught in March to be held on Saturday March 12, 2016  fro 8 AM – 5:00 PM. at the Lakewood Oaks Golf Club, Lee’s Summit, MO.  Pre–registration is suggested.  

While you're here, might as well check out Joli's presentation on: "Urban Beekeeping and Kansas Honey Plants"  by Joli Winer (.pdf download 13.6MB)

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

BEE CLASSes 2016

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

​Class textbooks included in course fee. Textbooks will be distributed at the door in the first course meeting. 


What equipment should I get? How much does it cost? Here is an idea to get you started in the1st year?  (.pdf download 55KB) 

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 keep beekeeping simple and fun. 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 Calendar page.

Introduction to Queen Rearing  Date: April 23, 2016  Registration Fee: $25.00 Time: 9 a.m.-11a.m. class room instruction 12-2 p.m. Field work in bee yard Class is limited to 20 people. Contact Info: John Speckman @ 816-810-5642 or  Class room instruction covering queen rearing using a non-graft kit (Jenter): + Review of parts to kit/usage  + Review prep of cell bar frames + How to make a cell builder colony + Cell builder/or Finisher colony +Timing of larva transfer to cell cups  + Prep of mating nun’s  + Timing of Transfer cells to nuc’s 

Field work:  Cage/release of breeder queen  Transfer larva to cell cups  Observe 24 hr queen cell build