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The Bee Course

Come Learn with Us:

"THE BEE COURSE: For Bee Lovers & BeeKeepers"

If you are curious about bees and beekeeping, and want a thorough foundation, this program is for you. "The Bee Course" is comparable to a college course.
Usually we conduct the classroom portion of the course during the winter months. Jim has traditionally offered his free in-depth Winter Lecture Series. And we are adding a self-paced reading-based program as a new option this year for those who want to do a little more work.

The lecture sessions give you fundamentals of bee biology and behavior and can help you determine whether you'll be ready to keep bees on your own by Spring, would prefer to join a community team, or just want to learn and volunteer with us.

In Spring as weather permits, we hold hands-on sessions in urban apiaries, exposing students to dozens of hives at various stages of growth in group inspections.

If you are prepared to make a bigger commitment, and want to benefit from an in-depth hands-on learning experience, you will want to explore joining Field Studies Group, the devoted volunteers who maintain the community yards. Please send a CV/Resume and a Letter of Interest to to receive an application.

To get on Jim's personal list click here. He is also running the bee and gear orders this year (see below).

Be sure to get on the Actives list for all other Course activities, Field Studies Group, to attend hands-on learning activities during the season and to volunteer with us.

There is a lot of material on the web about beekeeping. Many different methods are covered in the Course, and our focus is on practices consistent with Responsible Urban Beekeeping™

Students can participate in an at-cost group purchase of gear and bees we organize each spring. We have a limited allocation of package bees and preference goes to students and active volunteers. Our bee delivery date is usually in mid-April. Please get on the Actives list if you would like to be included or to lend a hand organizing.

Jim is running the bee and gear orders this year with his hand-picked team. **NOTE: Unfortunately, the 2014 Gear Order has been canceled.** is an all-volunteer conservation and education group for beekeepers and beelovers.
We organize a free in-depth course in beekeeping, expert and peer mentoring, and community service & outreach activities throughout the year. We volunteer with urban farms, community gardens, the NYC Parks Dept., schools and other organizations to foster a strong community of responsible urban beekeepers, to bring training & economic opportunity through beekeeping to underserved areas, to conserve and protect honeybees and other pollinators, and to contribute to the program and fundraising capacities of selected 501(c)(3) organizations.

Table of Contents

Page title Most recent update Last edited by
Become a Bee Ambassador March 29, 2015 5:39 PM Liane N.
Varroa Testing and Treatment Program March 29, 2015 5:49 PM Liane N.
Upcoming and Current Events - Links March 29, 2015 6:50 PM Liane N.
Swarm Season and Bee Rescue April 4, 2014 6:03 AM Liane N.
The Pesticide Page September 6, 2016 4:47 PM Liane N.
The Bee Course February 22, 2015 9:50 PM Liane N.
Host a Hive or Adopt-a-Hive February 11, 2012 8:14 AM Liane N.
email us February 5, 2012 12:21 PM Liane N.
Honey Harvest February 11, 2012 8:21 AM Liane N.
Mini-Meetups: Hivechecks Around Town September 6, 2010 4:01 PM Liane N.
About New York City Beekeeping June 14, 2018 10:44 AM Liane N.

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