Beginning Beekeeping Course

Attend In Person or Online — or Both!

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East Jefferson Beekeepers Association (EJBees) is offering a Beginning Beekeeping Course taught by experienced beekeepers from our club starting Saturday, February 10, 2024. It will be offered both IN PERSON and ONLINE.

This course will prepare you to start your apiary in the spring.

Description: In Person Course – Five course sessions will meet between February 10 and April 13, according to the schedule shown below. At each session, two class presentations will be offered, each lasting for one hour, covering practical topics about bees and beekeeping from setting up your apiary, to selecting and purchasing honey bees, to the details of maintaining and managing your colonies throughout the seasons of the year, and more.

All but one session will be held at Chimacum Grange (located at 9572 Rhody Dr. [Hwy 19], right across from the Tri-Area Community Center in Chimacum). Only the second session, February 24, will take place at the Jefferson County Library (620 Cedar Ave, Port Hadlock-Irondale). Classes meet from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with a short break between the two presentation hours.

During the weekend of April 20-21, we will hold the final course exercise–a hands-on apiary visit that you won’t want to miss. It will be held at two or three different apiary locations for the convenience of our members from all parts of East Jefferson County (WA) and beyond.

Online Course – the same course will be available on this blog ( for review and reference for those pursuing the in-person classes. It also serves as an excellent stand-alone course for remote viewing for those outside East Jefferson County or others unable to participate in person.

These classes will be posted on the blog in parallel to the presentations at the Grange and will remain on the site for your use during the balance of the year. The password for access to each online module will be emailed to all participants.

Cost: The course is free of charge for EJBees members, and you must be a member to participate.

HOW TO SIGN UP FOR THE COURSE: First, join EJBees. Individual membership is $30/year; family membership is $45. Then, register for the beginning beekeeping course in person or by mail, phone, or text simply by indicating your interest and the name(s) of participant(s).

Join EJBees in person at our meetings on the second Saturday of the month. Alternatively, you can download the Membership FormOpens in a new tab. and mail it with your check made out to “EJBA” to the following address:

EJBA, PO Box 1984, Port Townsend, WA 98368-8011

If you cannot download the membership form, include your contact information (name, street address, phone, email) with your check and mail it to the address above. Be sure to indicate your interest in the online or in-person beekeeping course!

Member benefits include the following:

  • monthly general meetings with presentations, discussions, and Q&A sessions
  • special events throughout the year
  • beekeeping mentors to help you succeed
  • monthly newsletter
  • workshops
  • access to recovered swarms
  • and more!

Contact: For information, please write to Rich or Susi Thomas –

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