OBA Members Group

The OBA started its own private, members only Facebook Group during the pandemic. It is called “OBA Members”. The only way you get to be a member is to be paid up for the year.

It is not the same as the “Olympia Beekeepers Discussion” Group. This is run administrated by a local beekeeper, and is open to members and the general public.

Fall 2022 Apprentice Class

NOTE: The Fall Apprenticeship Class is now full. Class starts September 21st. You should have received an email from education@olympiabeekeepers.org

If you are somewhat new to beekeeping, want to start beekeeping, or want to refresh your knowledge and skills about beekeeping, the Apprentice Level course is for you!

This course will be held on Zoom from September 21 through November 16, Wednesday evenings at 6 pm. A hands-on and in-person session will be scheduled during the course as well. 

The course fee is $35, which includes a $10 tuition and $25 for a 2022 membership to Olympia Beekeepers Association. 

Bee Booth – Thurston County Fair

We still need more volunteers for the association’s Bee Booth.

Shifts are 4 hours. It includes admission to the fair. Note that we are not picky volunteers can cross over standard shifts. Email vicepresident@olympiabeekeepers.org to get yourself added to the schedule.

Wednesday 27th July

10-2pm: Nathan Allan and Family

2-6pm: Pam Binder

6-9pm: David Bruun

Fair closes at 9 pm

Thursday 28th July

10-2pm: Steven Walker and Family

Pam Binder (1:00 – 4:00)

2-6pm: Jeff & Jennifer Simmons

6-9pm: Stefanie Booth

Fair closes at 9 pm

Friday 29th July

10-2pm: David Bruun

2-6pm: Tam Clark

6-10pm: Pam Binder, Jennifer Harte (New Member)
Fair closes at 10 pm

Saturday 30th July

10-2pm: Lisa Borchert + Hub (New Member)

George and Jess (12-4pm)

2pm -6pm: Nicholas Peters (New Member)


6-10pm: Doug Stolhand
Fair closes at 10pm

Sunday 31st July

10-2pm: David Bruun

2-6pm: Doug Stolhand

6-8pm: Pam Binder
Fair closes at 8 pm

Honey Judging – Thurston County Fair

It is also not too late to enter your honey for judging. The  Honey contest entries are being judged by association member and master beekeeper Paul Longwell on the 26th.   Anyone wanting to enter honey needs to look at the fair rules in the exhibitor book.  

CLASS 8 – HONEY
Entry time: July 29th, 1 – 7pm ONLY.
For all lots, submit three one (1) pound Queenline honey jars (glass or plastic).
Color LOT to be determined by JUDGE.

Summer Member Picnic

When? Monday July 11th, 5pm and ends when the last member leaves!

Where? Lions Park, Eastside Neighborhood, Olympia (Map)

What? Burgers, Hotdogs and Drinks provided. Members please bring a side dish or dessert.