Stone Barns Center Schedule
Tuesday 6:00 – 8:00P

3/21 Introduction / Safety – Beekeeping Overview
3/28 Equipment / Types of hives
4/11 Equipment building (Optional)
>4/18 Beekeeping resources / Package installations
4/25 Package installation / pick up Date & time subject to change dependent package bee delivery date
5/2 Understanding Colony Collapse Disorder
5/9 Honey bee life cycle
5/16 Honey bee reproduction / Swarm control & capture
6/6 Honey bee diseases
6/20 Colony manipulations, splits, & requeening
7/11 Honey & honey harvesting
7/25 Varroa mite
8/8 Small hive beetle
8/29 Dealing w/ mean bees / Stings
9/12 Honeybee nutrition / feeding
10/3 Wax moth
10/17 Moving hives / winter preparation Graduation

John Jay Homestead Schedule
Sundays 10:00A – 12:00P

3/16 Introduction / Safety – Beekeeping Overview
4/2 Equipment / Types of hives
4/16 Equipment building (Optional)
4/23 Beekeeping resources / Package installations
4/30 Package installation / pick up Date & time subject to change dependent package bee delivery date
5/7 Understanding Colony Collapse Disorder
5/14 Honey bee life cycle
5/21 Honey bee reproduction / Swarm control & capture
6/11 Honey bee diseases
6/25 Colony manipulations, splits, & requeening
7/16 Honey & honey harvesting
7/30 Varroa mite
8/13 Small hive beetle
8/27 Dealing w/ mean bees / Stings
9/10 Honeybee nutrition / feeding
10/8 Wax moth
10/22 Moving hives / winter preparation Graduation

Beekeeping School 2017


We are very excited to be partnering with the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture and the John Jay Homestead for this year’s beekeeping school. This is the 7th year the Beekeeping School is being offered.

The Beekeeping School is consists of a series of 16 - 2 hour training sessions. Each session consists of an hour long lecture pertaining to one particular aspect of beekeeping followed by a one hour practice session working with live bees in anl apiary set up by the students.

The schedule and list of topics covered is at the left. The school is intended to help participants learn the basic information needed to make good decisions regarding the care and maintenance of a honey bee colony. Participants will follow the lives of several colonies of honey bees over the course of one growing season.

We believe the only way to learn the craft and skills needed for keeping honey bees is by practicing over a period of time.

Protective equipment consisting of a hooded bee jacket, leather gloves, and smokers will be provided for all participants.

The school is offered in two different locations - one meeting in the evening after work hours and one meeting on the weekend. The exact same series is taught at both locations.

This year the school is being held at the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture in Pocantico Hills, NY and at the John Jay Homestead State Park in Katonah, NY. The classes at Stone Barns are being held on Tuesday evenings from 6:00 - 8:00PM and the classes at John Jay are being held on Sunday mornings from 10:00 AM - 12:00PM.

Students are asked to select one of the two locations as their primary location. Should a student be unable to attend a session at their primary location, they will be allowed to attend at the other location.

The cost for the 16 sessions is $240.

To enroll for the school at Stone Barns click here.

To enroll for the school at John Jay Homestead click here.

For those interested in learning the basic skills of beekeeping this is an excellent way to begin developing your skills. For additional information about the beekeeping school call 914-232-7173.