Education: Short 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

  • Basic Beekeeping: Basic Beekeeping: Three Day Short Course - Saturdays, February 17 & 24, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Snow date: March 3, 2018. Garibaldi Hall, Essex County Environmental Center, 621B Eagle Rock Avenue, Roseland, NJ 07068.  Field Day in April, 2018 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.

  • 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:

  • 2017 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. Contact Bill Eisele for more information.

  • 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 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.

  • Delaware Valley College Queen Rearing Course (#APR110-002)- May 20, 21 & 30, 2017 The benefits of raising your own queen include queens adapted to your environment, avoiding Africanized drones, and establishing your own nucs.  Designed for the experienced beekeeper, the course includes the basics of:
    -    Queen rearing
    -    The practice of grafting larvae
    -    The Cloake board method of queen rearing which is ideal for raising a few queens.  You have the option of taking your queen cells home.
    Taught by Dr. Vincent Aloyo, Ph.D. (40 years beekeeping experience). For further information on this, go to their website.

  • Delaware Valley College Introductory Beekeeping Course (#APR101-002)- July 21, 22 & 23, 2017 This weekend course is designed for hobbyists, beginning beekeepers or for experts needing a refresher.  In this course, you will learn about:
    -    Honey bee biology and behavior
    -    Building an apiary and harvesting honey
    -    Apiary equipment and supplies
    -    Management practices for each season
    Taught by Dr. Vincent Aloyo, Ph.D. (40 years beekeeping experience). For further information on this, go to their website.

  • 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 if you’d like to help. For EAS membership information, click here.

  • Apimondia 2017: a biennial, international beekeeping congress to be held in Istanbul, Turkey from September 29 - October 4, 2017. Click here for more information.

Marketing Materials

The New Jersey Beekeepers Association has five brochures which are distributed to the branches for use in public outreach activities: 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 if you are interested in purchasing brochures.

Topics of Interest

  • 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, 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.

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