Honey bees are fascinating! We geek out on the details of bees and beekeeping and are excited to share what we know with our community. We offer a 6-week apprentice level beekeeping course twice a year and try to be available to give Beekeeping 101 presentations to community groups upon request.

Beginning Beekeeping

The purpose of the Beginning Beekeeper Class is to introduce people to the basics of what it means to be a hobbyist beekeeper before they decide to invest time, energy and money in setting up an apiary.

This class will take about 2 hours, depending on the turnout and amount of questions.

The next session is scheduled for February 24th at 11am, at the Swantown Inn’s Grand Victorian Ballroom. There is no cost to this class. Please RSVP at the Facebook Event page.

Apprentice Level Course

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 is six 2-hour classes, held in-person at Swantown Inn on Saturdays at 10am. We will schedule a hands-on beekeeping session during one of the classes. 

We are putting the final touches on setting up for a Winter/Spring Apprenticeship Class. Dates are; Saturdays from 10am to Noon, March 23rd & 30th, April 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th. In person at the Swantown Inn’s Grand Victorian Ballroom.

To register for the class you must be a member (Membership is $25 per household), logged in, then click on this button.

Course fee

The course fee is $50 and you must be a current member in the Olympia Beekeepers Association to register. The fee includes receiving your certificate on successful completion of the course. Log on to your membership. Then click the button and pay for your registration.

If there are multiple people in a family wanting to be certified there is an additional admin fee of $25 ($10 for the certificate, $15 for the class fee = $25). Multiple people from a family are welcome to sit in on a class (our association membership covers a household with the right for one vote), but the fee structure only covers one person being certified.

Beekeeping 101 Presentations

To request an association member volunteer to come and give a Beekeeping 101 presentation to your group, please reach out to our Outreach Coordinator at outreach@olympiabeekeepers.org.

Bees and Beekeeping Products

We maintain a list of local vendors of bees and beekeeping products and services. If you want to purchase bees, we recommend ordering them in February or March. Depending on the year, live bees are typically available for pick-up in April.

View our list of local vendors of bees and beekeeping products.