Courses & Seminars
Any New Jersey,
full-time student interested in becoming
involved in beekeeping can apply for a
scholarship to one of the Rutgers, Essex,
Jersey Cape or Sussex courses offered below.
The youth must be a New Jersey resident, a
full-time student and between the ages of 12
and 22 as of the start date of the course they
are applyng for. Applications must be
submitted with enough time to review and for
us to enroll you in the class you are
interested in. Click here for complete guidelines.
Click here for an application
form. If you have any questions about
this program, please email email@example.com.
- Basic Beekeeping:
Three Day Short Course - Saturdays, February 18 & 25, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Garibaldi Hall, Essex County Environmental Center, 621B Eagle Rock Avenue, Roseland, NJ 07068.
Field Day in April, 2017 TBA at various area apiaries. Presented by the Essex County Beekeepers Society, a branch
of the New Jersey Beekeepers Association, with head instructor/coordinator Master Beekeeper Landi Simone. This
class covers everything you need to know from purchasing equipment to harvesting honey. Basics of disease and
mite management will be covered. Scholarships for this course are available for full-time students ages 12-22. Fee:
$155 per person includes NJBA membership in a chapter of your choice, class materials, continental breakfast, and
afternoon snack. For more information contact registrar Pat Gamsby at BJORNLASS@AOL.COM or 973 396-8996.
E-mail is the best means of reaching Pat. Click here to register.
- January, 2017: The Sussex County Beekeepers Association is pleased to announce the dates for the 2016 Beginning Beekeeping Course. The two-day school will be held on January 21 and 28, 2017, with February 4 on hold in case of inclement weather. Held at the Sussex County Fairgrounds Administration Building in Augusta, NJ, the class will cover all the topics needed to obtain a good working knowledge of bee biology, equipment, and livestock management practices, and includes a free membership in the New Jersey Beekeepers Association, lunches, a text book and post-class support/mentorship for the students. If you are interested in signing up for the course, please send an email with your contact information to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bee-ginners Beekeeping Workshops -
Offered by the Jersey Cape Beekeepers Association and the Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Cape May County in Cape May Court House, they will be held on eight Friday evenings in two-and-one-half-hour sessions from 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. starting on February 10, 2017 and ending March 31, 2017. The final session is held on a Saturday in April when the bees arrive. Applications will be posted when available.
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2017 "Basics of Beekeeping" Course:
Offered by the South Jersey Beekeepers Association and Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Cumberland County. The class will be held for 6 consecutive Saturdays from 9:00-11:00AM starting on February 4th. The classes will be held at the Rutgers Cooperative Extension Office, 291 Morton Avenue, Millville, NJ 08332. The fee for the course is $100.00 and includes membership in the NJBA. The deadline for registration is Friday, January 27, 2017. To register or to get additional information on the course contact Ned Morgan at
email@example.com or call Tammy Commander at the Extension Office at (856) 451-2800, ext. 1. Click here
for course flyer.
- Bee-ginner's Beekeeping: The Basics of Apiculture - March 23-25, 2017 and September 21-23, 2017. Rutgers Eco Complex, 1200 Florence-Columbus Road, Bordentown. Hands-on, two-and-one-half-day courses 9:00AM to 4:00 PM on Thursday and Friday; 9:00 AM to 12:00 noon on Saturday. Topics covered are related to beekeeping, including assembling hives and opening and examining colonies. From disease and mite prevention and hive management to honey production, this class will cover what you need to know to begin or further your hobby. You will be working around live bee colonies, so wear light-colored, smooth-textured clothing, as dark-colored, textured and woolly clothing can aggravate the bees. Refrain from using perfume or hair gel and keep jewelry to a minimum. Warmer weather means more active bees! Attendees should bring a beekeeping veil and/or a hat to cover your hair. Cost is $245; $225 for NJBA members. Instructors are County Environmental Agent Mike Haberland and Mann Lake Operations Manager Frank Licata (EAS Master Beekeeper).
- Beyond the Basics: Practical Hive Management Tools for Beekeepers - May 11-12, 2017. Floriculture Greenhouse, 64 Nichol Ave., New Brunswick. This two-day hands-on program is designed as the next step for apiarists who have knowledge of the industry and have kept a colony for a minimum of one full year, however, two to three years of experience is recommended. The course combines classroom lecture and beeyard visits throughout each day for practical application of key course concepts. The goal is to provide you with the necessary strategies to successfully maintain and grow your hives. Instructors are County Environmental Agent Mike Haberland, Man Lake Operations Manager Frank Licata (EAS Master Beekeeper) and commercial beekeeper Grant Stiles. Class is limited to 30 participants. Cost is $325; cancellation fee $35.
- Eastern Apiculture Society
(EAS) Annual Conference - Every summer
EAS conducts its Annual Conference
consisting of lectures, workshops, vendor
displays, short courses for beginning and
advanced beekeepers, and annual business
meeting in one of its 26 member states or
provinces in the Eastern United States and
Canada. Over 400 people generally attend the
conference each year. EAS 2016 will
be held July 25-219, 2016
at Stockton University in Galloway, NJ.The NJBA will be looking for volunteers to help out with this
conference. Contact Joe Alvarez at EAS2016@njbeekeepers.org if you’d like to help. For EAS
membership information, click here.
2017: a biennial,
international beekeeping congress to be
held in Istanbul,
Turkey from September
29 - October 4, 2017. Click here for more information.
Valley College Summer Beekeeping Course -
The annual summer Beekeeping
short-course was last offered July
10-12, 2015 (9:00 am to 4:00 pm,
daily). Dates for 2016 will be posted when
available. The Delaware Valley College’s
Beekeeping Course is intended for all skill
levels. Previous participants have ranged
from professional beekeepers to beginning
hobbyists. Participants must be 13 years old
unless accompanied by an adult. Bring your
own lunch. A video was shown during lunch.
Teachers and nature center directors also
attended and used the material in their own
classrooms. A number of people included the
course in their summer vacations. Taught by
Dr. Vincent Aloyo, Ph.D. (40 years
beekeeping experience) and Assistant
Professor of Biology Dr. Christopher
Tipping. The cost was $190. For further
information on this and a Queen Rearing
class held June 13-14, 23, 2015 ($185), go to
The New Jersey Beekeepers Association has five brochures which are distributed to the branches for use in public
Copies of these brochures can be obtained from your branch president. If you would like to purchase brochures,
they are available in packets of 50 per brochure at a cost of $14 per packet, plus postage. Contact
firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in purchasing brochures.
- Swarms? Honey bees
reproduce by "casting swarms" in the spring.
Hives that are healthy and strong will
produce new queens in the early spring. When
the new queen emerges, the old queen leaves
with about half of the hive population. The
swarm will usually settle in a bush or tree
and form a large solid cluster while scout
bees search for a new home. At this time,
with full honey stomachs and no brood or
hive to defend, these swarming bees are not
typically agressive. In a few hours or a day
or two they will fly off to a new home. Click here for
pictures of honey bee swarms. Have a swarm
within reach on your property? Send the
location of the swarm, address, how long it
has been there and contact information to email@example.com,
or click here for a list
of beekeepers in the New Jersey that you can
contact directly for swarm removal. Want more
information on swarming activity in New Jersey or want to report a swarm that you
have collected? Click here.
A swarm in
May - is worth a load of hay.
A swarm in
June - is worth a silver spoon.
A swarm in
July - isn't worth a fly.