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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Classes at HoneybeeLives Apiary
New Paltz, NY


How to inspect, and maintain, a healthy hive

This is a hands-on workshop, ideal for beginning beekeepers to gain confidence in working with a hive. 

Learn how to interact with your hive and understand what you are looking at.  It is important to recognize healthy brood patterns, as well as signs of problems.  Gain a sense of the rhythms of the hive, watching and preparing for swarm season, and a general overview of hives during the main nectar flow.  We will also touch on monitoring for diseases and pests, and discuss various mite treatments and timing.

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 May

Sunday, May 4 - Class 11am - 3pm

Saturday, May 10 - Class 11am - 3pm

Saturday, May 17  - Class 11:30am - 3:30pm (possible handoff day)

Tuesday, May 20 - Class 2pm - 6pm

Saturday, May 31  - Class 11am - 3pm (possible handoff day)

Month of June

Tuesday, June 10 - Class 3pm - 7pm

Wednesday, June 18 - Class 10am - 2pm


Sunday, June 22 - Class 2pm - 6pm

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

Pollinator Week Event

Intro Lecture on Honeybees and Organic Beekeeping at HoneybeeLives Apiary

Sunday, June 22
10am - 12:30pm

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.

National Pollinator Week take place June 14 - 22, 2014


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