East Central Ohio Beekeepers Association

School and Scholarships

Earl James Bee School

You KNOW you want to "Bee"come a Beekeeper!


Our 2019 class dates are as follows:

January 19, 2019
January 26, 2019
February 2, 2019 
February 9, 2019




Click one of the dates above to be taken to the registration page for that date!

Cost is $75 per person. Fee includes workbook, a one-year membership in our East Central Ohio Beekeepers Assoc., a first year complimentary membership in the Ohio State Beekeepers Assoc., a hands-on teaching beeyard annually, & deep discounts on products & supplies available as a member of our association. Class fee is non-refundable. Lunch is provided. Basic Hive kits will be available for registrants to order at an additional $170.00 per kit. Classes will be held at the Taft Reserve South,  10383 Fairview Rd SE, Newark, OH 43055.


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Learning is fun and easy when you attend the ECOBA Earl James Bee School. You will learn about:

  • The colony & its organization
  • The equipment and tools involved & the components of a hive
  • Starting with bees
  • How to take care of your bees
  • Managing Maladies
  • Honey production & processing

We will teach you getting started with bees,  practical beekeeping, pest management, wintering your bees and so much more! The instructors are experienced beekeepers with a love for teaching.

Each bee school is from 9-4/4:30 ish, with a lunch provided. You are encouraged to brings snacks to share with the group, and drinks for yourself. Hive kit orders are limited when registering for class, but you will have an opportunity at the end of class to order additional kits to pick up on Build Day (date to be finalized soon, usually the middle of March)

Additional hands on training, equipment building sessions, etc. will be offered and announced during your class session, and mentors will be available to you to assist after the classroom sessions are over. Monthly meetings are also held for our entire membership which provide for additional knowledge, bulk purchasing opportunities, volunteer and practical, hands on events. An active first and second year teaching beeyard, and equipment build day, round out the bundle of benefits realized through your class fee.

If you have registered, we will contact you closer to your actual class date as a reminder and to let you know what to expect, and with the details of the class.

Location of the class will be at the Taft Reserve South located at 10383 Fairview Rd SE, Newark, OH 43055, and will be based strictly upon capacity. It is usually very centrally located to everyone in our member counties.


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