Beginning Beekeeping Class

2022, Wednesday January 26, February 2, 9, & 16, at 6:30 pm. Zoom or in person at the Woodbury County Extension office, 4728 Southern Hills Dr, Sioux City, IA 51106.

Why take a beginning beekeeping class?

Most people have had enough exposure to gardening or fishing that they could start those hobbies without having to do much research or take a class.  Beekeeping is not something most people have any exposure to and that makes it difficult to get off to a good start without some research or training.  If you take up fishing and you don’t know what you are doing probably the worst thing that can happen is you won’t catch any fish.  If you take up beekeeping and you don’t know what you are doing your bees may suffer or even die.  A beginning beekeeper class can give you the tools you need to prevent that from happening.

The 2021/2022 beginning beekeeping classes will be held at the Woodbury County Extension office, 4728 Southern Hills Dr, Sioux City, IA 51106, on Wednesdays at 6:30 pm on January 19th and 26th and February 2nd, 9th and 16th. The first class is free and will answer basic questions such as: How much time and money will be involved? What equipment will you need? Protective clothing? Where should you locate your apiary? Where can you buy bees? Plus you’ll meet experienced beekeepers who will be happy to help you get started on your journey into this fascinating hobby.
If you decide to continue, the total cost of the 4 additional classes is $75. Additional family members can be added for $25 each. Students can attend for $25. Tuition also includes a free one-year membership in the Iowa Honey Producers Association.

If you have questions you can use the email address below to get answers.

Links to lesson documents from previous classes and suggested podcasts and reading can be found below

Before you decide to keep bees you should find out if your city ordinances will allow you to keep bees where you live. Check out the links for Iowa at the Iowa Honey Producers Association website here:

For any beginners, I would recommend the book “Beekeeping Basics” produced by Penn State. You can get a free PDF version of the book at:

A print version is available for $10. The photos are in black and white so I would stay with the free PDF. But $10 is still pretty cheap. You can buy it here:,a%20glossary%20and%20an%20appendix.

Check out this 4 part series on getting started in beekeeping from Beekeeping Today podcast.

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Beginning Beekeeping class Sessions

If you have time, read this before deciding on the type of hives to use: Things to consider before buying beehives

Pre-class – Session 0

Pre-class – Session 0 Google Slides

Session 1 Google DOCs

Session 1 Google Slides

Recording of January 19th session 1:

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Session 2 Google Slides

Session 2 Google DOCs

Zoom Recording of Jan 26 Session (session2). Use the passcode: B0PgAkq@

Session 3

Session 3 Google Slides:

Recording of Feb 2 session: Passcode is  r%*s%w7U

Session 4

Recording of Feb 9th session. Audio missing from first 10 or 12 minutes.

Recording of February 16th session. No audio for first 6 minutes.

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