Please note that pre-registration is required for all classes.

HoneybeeLives' main beekeeping classes take place during the winter months in preparation for spring bees. We teach in a number of locations in New York State, including HoneybeeLives Apiary and Sustainable Living Resource Center in the Hudson Valley, and at The Commons in Brooklyn, New York City.

We do offer a variety of classes throughout the year, supporting beekeepers with knowledge helpful for each season, as well as informational classes for the general public and kids. You can download a list of our seasonal classes below, or scroll down to read about our upcoming classes.

Seasonal Class Offerings

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Summer/Autumn 2014

Classes at HoneybeeLives Apiary
New Paltz, NY

National Honeybee Day
August 16, 2014


Intro Lecture on Honeybees and Organic Beekeeping at HoneybeeLives Apiary

Sunday, August 17
11am - 1:30pm

Learn about the lives of Honeybees. Hear about the current plight of Honeybee colonies, and understand the intrinsic value of nurturing these amazing creatures. For the general public, gardeners, and wanna-beekeepers.   Includes a visit into a working hive to experience the honeybee community.  $30 person, pre-registration required.


Fall/Winter Prep Class  (available dates listed below)

The end of summer is a critical time to tend our hives.  It is important that our colonies are strong, as we head towards colder months.  The earlier we address weaknesses the better we can help the bees rally for the winter.
Learn how to clean up hives, and look for problems that might weaken your bees.  

Learn about the life in the hive during this transitional time.  Understand what you are looking at, and how to judge the strength of a hive.  Prepare for fall and winter, to best nurture the bees and boost their immune systems.  Let us help you think thru your autumn tasks of fortifying your hives, and answer your questions.

Varroa mite season is in full swing, just when the winter brood is being reared, so vigilance is important.  It may be necessary to treat your hives for these parasites.  Understand the options available for dealing with these pests in non-toxic ways, and if “treating” is necessary.

4 hours.  $60 per person.   (Five student minimum.)  
Pre-registration required, and pre-payment requested to hold a spot in these small classes.

Please note: Not all classes will take place, and others will fill quickly, depending on enrollment.


Month of August

Sunday, August 17, 2 - 6pm

Friday, August 22, 1 - 5pm  (canceled)

Monday, August 25,  10:30am - 2:30

Month of September

Saturday, Sept 6, 10:30am - 2:30pm 

Sunday, Sept 14, 1 - 5pm

Sunday, Sept 21, 11am - 3pm

Pre-registration is required. 
Email Or Call 845-255-6113

Gift Certificates are available for Winter classes

"A Gift of Honeybees is a Gift of Life"

We can send you a beautiful, personalized gift certificate to give to someone.
We ask an additional $7 to cover the printing, postage and handling.

Registration Instructions

Pre-Registration Required, and Pre-Payment Requested.

To register for classes, please send an email to acknowledging which class you are registering for, or call (845) 255-6113.  Please include phone contact information.

Send payment in the form of check or money order to:

133 Plains Road
New Paltz, NY

We do not currently accept payment via credit cards or paypal.

Thank you for your interest in Honeybee Lives.

Chris Harp and Grai Rice


 Drumming a Swarm in the Apiary