Winter and Spring 2016 Class Description and Schedule is below.  Scroll down to view or download pdf

Download PDF of Winter class schedule
Download PDF of Gardening for Honeybees
Download PDF of Spring class schedule
Download PDF of June Intro Lecture


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 $10 to cover the printing, postage and handling.

Spring 2016

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.
Download PDF of Spring class schedule

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.   Chris Harp will guide you through the inspection process so you can gain confidence working with hives.

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

Saturday, May 7 - Class 11am - 3pm

Saturday, May 14 - Class 11am - 3pm

Tuesday, May 17  - Class 11am - 3pm

Saturday, May 21 - Class 10am - 2pm  (canceled)

Month of June

Saturday, June 4 - Class 12pm - 4pm

Friday, June 10 - Class 2pm - 6pm

Saturday, June 11 - Class 2pm - 6pm  (canceled)


Intro Lecture on Honeybees and Organic Beekeeping

Saturday June 11, 10am - 12:30 pm or

Saturday July 9, 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 per person


Registration Instructions

Pre-Registration and Pre-Payment Required.

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

Send payment in the form of a check to:

133 Plains Road
New Paltz, NY

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

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 845-255-6113

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 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.


Seasonal Class Offerings

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Thank you for your interest in Honeybee Lives.

Chris Harp and Grai Rice


 Drumming a Swarm in the Apiary