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2020 Beginning Beekeepers Class

Beginning Beekeepers Class

The Eastern Panhandle Beekeepers Association will be offering its Beginning Beekeepers Class again this winter. Classes will be held at the Hospice of the Eastern Panhandle education building in Kearneysville, WV. Classes will be held Thursdays Jan 30 and each Thursday in February. 6-830pm.

 In case of inclement weather check our Facebook page to see if classes are cancelled.


Beginning Beekeeping Classes are open to adults and children (age 9 and over) who are interested in keeping bees as well as those who are just interested. The classes will cover all aspects of beekeeping such as the equipment you need to start beekeeping, the development of your colony, and managing your colony throughout the year. See class schedule below.


The cost of the class is $10 per family (registrant and a family member) and includes a one year membership in the West Virginia Eastern Panhandle Beekeepers Association (WVEPBA). All beekeeping equipment, supplies and bees must be purchased separately.

If you do not have a place to keep bees WVEPBA can help you locate someone who wants beehives on their property. WVEPBA also has a mentoring program for those whose wish to have an experienced beekeeper guide them.




The purpose of the West Virginia Eastern Panhandle Beekeepers Association is to promote beekeeping and the education of the public about the importance of honey bees and our mutual roles in ensuring their survival. . This is accomplished through the shared experience of working together, in the classroom, in apiaries and more broadly in our community here in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia. 


Who We Are

We are your neighbors, co-workers, moms, dads, and many other people you never realized kept bees! We have members from all around the Panhandle and surrounding areas, from all walks of life. We strive to promote beekeeping, while supporting each other. Many of us started with bees out of curiosity, with a desire to help pollinate naturally, or out of concern for the plight of the mighty honey bee. Whatever the reason, the love of beekeeping is what keeps us going and brings us together.

We offer beekeeping classes and provide continuing consultation and mentoring through our regular monthly meetings, workshops, field days, and other activities. Our focus is on adults, but we encourage a family approach to beekeeping. Our objective is to proactively coach new beekeepers through their first honey production cycle which is a two-year effort.

We offer:

  • Honey Bee Education and updates on new developments
  • Demonstrations and discussions about beekeeping and honey production
  • Support for local schools, community programs, and organizations
  • Access to observation hives and other training aides
  • Regular meetings and social events involving the beekeeping community
  • Mentors and help in problem solving as bee related issues arise
  • Access to honey extractor and bulk purchasing of supplies


Please see the following link for our 2020 bee classes starting Jan 30...

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