Vancouver Beekeeping Courses

Become a beekeeper
        There are a number of organizations offering beekeeping courses in the Vancouver area.  This is a list of some of the Schools : B.C. Bee Supply (Burnaby);  Urban Bee Supplies (Delta);  Honeybee Centre (Surrey);  Dancing Bee Apiary in Aldergrove; Dr. Bee in Pitt Meadows;  West Coast Bee Supply in Pitt Meadows;  Campbell's Gold in Abbotsford ; Environmental Youth Alliance in Vancouver; and Langara College in Vancouver.  The government of British Columbia also offers an Introduction to Beekeeping Class in classroom and webinar format for free. There is no specific start date but it usually starts in the middle of March.  They also offer a Bee Master course every other year in February.  For more information go to the provincial government website.     
     While hands on beekeeping experience is a must there are a few free online beekeeping courses available that are very useful. 
A good, free online beekeeping course, "Honey Bees and Colony Strength Evaluation"  (you may log in as a guest) is presented by the University of California.  This course is offered in modules covering topics from very basic beginner beekeeping information to more advanced colony strength evaluation so that the student can choose the module suited to their skill level.  
     For more books, video series and online courses on beekeeping check out our Beekeepers' Library above.
     

Greater Vancouver Beekeeping Organizations:
Richmond Beekeepers Association Meeting dates: Second Tuesday or every month (excluding June-August). Meeting Location:
Kinsmen Nature Pavilion from 7:30-9pm, 11851 Westminster Hwy, Richmond

Langley Bee Club  Meeting dates: 1st Tuesday of each month (excluding June-August). Meeting Location: St. Andrews Church Hall, 20955 Old Yale Road, Langley BC
Surrey Bee Club-  Meeting dates: 3rd Wednesday of the Month
Meeting Location: The Honeybee Centre starts at 7pm.  7480 176 St, Surrey

North Shore Beekeeping Club
Burnaby Bee Club - Meeting Dates: 2nd Monday of each month. Meeting Location: 5234 Rumble Street - Contact jobobic@telus.net
Chilliwack Bee Club - Meeting Dates: 4th Wednesday of Every Month. Meeting Location: The Chilliwack Library from 7-8:30pm. Contact: Laura Cameron chilliwackbeekeepers@gmail. com
North Fraser Bee Club (Maple Ridge) Meeting dates: 4th Monday of the Month. Meeting Location: Grow & Gather Garden Center; 7:30pm-9:00pm.  24565 Dewdney Trunk Road, Maple Ridge.
Squamish Beekeepers AssociationStein Hoff fredahoff@yahoo. ca , 604-898-4188
Maple Ridge Beekeepers AssociationRaena Dumas raenadumas@hotmail. com   604-786-5245

Sea to Sky Beekeepers  
Sunshine Coast Beekeepers 
Point Roberts Bee Club - Meeting dates: The 4th Monday of the month. Meeting Location: Point Roberts Community Center at 1487 Gulf Road. Contact: sfalkjd@gmail.com or thelittlegoldenharp@gmail.com
Pemberton Bee Club Contact: Delores Frans Los, Email: dfflos@hotmail.com
Strathcona Beekeepers Association: Meeting dates every last Sunday from April to October at Cottonwood Garden in Vancouver. Contact: strathconabee@gmail.com

Below is a list of some of the local beekeeping courses available. 





2022

This Full Weekend: Beekeeping for Beginners may be purchased from Event Brite or register below.
Whether you are an Absolute BEEginner looking to get started, a Novice Beekeeper looking for a refresher or an Experienced Apiarist learning about the latest techniques, you will enjoy this 2 day immersion into beekeeping!
Join our BeeMasters and explore the world of the Honeybee, and learn everything you need to start a beekeeping hobby or extract your own honey or even expand to 10+ hives! 2 Texts included with registration.

This Introduction to Beekeeping Workshop may be purchased from Event Brite or register below.
This 6 hour class covers the early basics of Urban Beekeeping and is suitable anyone in the "Absolute Beginner" to the Novice Beekeeper who may already have a beehive.
New beekeepers love the way we help them get started in the world of bees and those with a year or two of experience really appreciate the updated information they receive and often sign up as a "refresher" on beekeeping.   Other BC Beekeeping Courses

Online Webinars


Two Bees In A Podcast is presented by the University of Florida Honey Bee Research and Extension Laboratory.  Each week they host an episode on beekeeping related topics like bee communication, exposure to pesticides during pollination, mite control, infectious disease, swarms, waggle dance .....  To be notified of upcoming podcasts ...   "We are excited to share our "Two Bees in a Podcast". Have questions or comments? Please contact us at honeybee@ifas.ufl.edu 



Beekeeping Today Podcast  The weekly podcast for the latest beekeeping news, information and entertainment for today's beekeeper. Hosts Jeff Ott and Kim Flottum bring you interviews and commentary helping you become a more informed and knowledgeable beekeeper.











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