LCBA offers beekeeping education:
* Monthly Meetings: speakers covering key beekeeping topics & beekeeping Q&A (click here)
* Beginning Beekeeping Classes:
Our 2017 class is full, but you can click to see the 2017 brochure for details about the curriculum, or scroll down in right hand column of this page for information. Our next class will be offered in early 2018.
* Mentor-led Workshops give hands-on practice working bees:
LCBA workshops are free & open to the public; donations to support our educational programs are appreciated! Our 2016 workshops are over; 2017 workshops will be posted next spring. Meanwhile, visit the links above to see what gets covered.
Above, LCBA President Kevin Reichert holds out a frame of capped honey for workshop attendees to taste at our June 25 Supers Removal workshop in Adna. For highlights, see our July 2015 Newsletter or check our Facebook page.
Below, highlights of LCBA's Saturday, May 14 Workshop, Inspecting New Hives; also, demonstration of oxalic acid fume vaporizer to control Varroa mites & demo of splitting a hive.
Above, host Dan & LCBA President Kevin Reichert (right) evaluating frames for the new split colony at LCBA's May 14 workshop; below, Dan shows youth scholar Sam & other attendees a top feeder of fermented honey; we talked about ways to avoid having syrup in feeders ferment:
At Some of our 2015 Workshops:
At our Sept 12 Fall Management workshop, about 30 beekeepers assessed colonies' food supplies, varroa mite loads, & worked on preparing bees to over-winter. See links above for fall management & over-wintering info.
At our July 18 Honey Supers Removal Workshop in Adna, over 20 beekeepers braved the heat to learn about the 4 major ways to get bees out of honey supers without harming them:
* The fume board method...
* The bee escape & bee escape board methods...
* The leaf blower method...&
* The "bang & brush" method.
For an illustrated discussion, click here to see the slideshow & descriptions in our Photo Gallery.
At our May 30 hive inspection workshop in Chehalis, 22 new beekeepers and 5 mentors...
* hived 2 impromptu swarms . . .
* went through colonies to assess brood patterns . . .
* added boxes & supers where appropriate . . .
* watched baby bees hatch out . . .
* identified swarm & supersedure cells . . .
. . . & more. We had a fun Q&A & refreshments under trees on our host's beautiful farm.
Our April 18 Spring Hive Inspection & March 21 Hive Assembling workshops on March 21 were lots of fun! On April 18, about 30 new beekeepers worked with 8 mentors & all got hands-on in hives. On March 21, 18 new beekeepers put hive parts together with help from 8 mentors. To see photos, visit our Photo Gallery.
Honey Spinning: click here to visit our Photo Gallery for pictures & discussion of honey extraction.
Below, some pictures from our earlier 2014 & 2013 mentor-led workshops; for more, please visit our Photo Gallery pages.
Below, former LCBA Vice President Dave Gaston inspecting a top bar hive at our May 17 workshop on top bar assembly & management (photos, Tomme Trikosko):
Below, attendees at May 17 workshop:
Below, former VP Dave in his shop showing attendees some unique tweaks on top bar hive assembly (photos, Tomme Trikosko):
Questions About Beekeeping?
Don't Bee Shy ~
To get in touch with an LCBA Bee Mentor,
email LCBA's secretary:
Since our mentors are volunteers, resources only allow ongoing one-on-one mentorship for LCBA members.
Looking for a free, online overview of key beginning beekeeping topics? Click here for "Beekeeping Basics," a great beginner's resource from MAAREC (Mid-Atlantic Apiculture Research and Extension Consortium)
FYI: Children are welcome at LCBA classes & workshops:
Below, Oliver inspects a bee at our Oct 12 honey spinning workshop:
Below, Dahlia poses with one of beekeeping's sweet rewards: honey extracted at our October 12, 2103 workshop:
Below, December 2010 workshop ~ making soap with honey:
Dr. Dewey Caron has updated his classic textbook, Honey Bee Biology and Beekeeping.
Dr. Dewey Caron, a regularly featured LCBA speaker, has co-authored this new edition with Larry Connor; publisher, Wicwas Press. It features impressive color pictures. To purchase, contact Dewey at email@example.com or phone 302 353-9914 and include a mailing address: cost is $55 (FYI, he can’t take credit cards, just check or cash.) Also available at bee suppliers: click on link above.
Got Yellow Jackets? Click here for "Protecting Honeybees from Yellow Jackets," a WSU fact sheet.
To learn more about yellowjackets, hornets, & wasps, click on our Newsletter link & check out the February 2014 newsletter for a summary of Dr. Carl Roush's informative presentation.
For photos of our exhibits at the 2013 & 2014 Southwest Washington Fairs, visit our photo gallery.
LCBA IS ON FACEBOOK!
Take a look, post information, links, photos, or simply “Like” us on Facebook! This is a great opportunity to post questions and get (relatively) quick answers.
ANOTHER FACEBOOK RESOURCE:
LCBA MEMBER BOB LLOYD'S "APIARY" DISCUSSION PAGE. ON FACEBOOK, ENTER "APIARY" & VISIT!
STILL ANOTHER FACEBOOK RESOURCE:
"THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST QUEEN REARING CLUB" PAGE:
LAST, BUT NOT LEAST: FACEBOOK'S
"WEST COAST BEEKEEPERS" PAGE:
Would your organization like a speaker on bee - related topics? Contact us:
firstname.lastname@example.org; 360 880 8130
Above, LCBA Beginning Beekeeping 2016 class graduate Reena evaluates a brood frame at LCBA's May 14 2016 hive inspection workshop.
LCBA's Next Beginning Beekeeping Course will be early in 2018. Our 2017 class is now full.
Below are details about our beginner's curriculum:
"Your First Year of Beekeeping"
6 3-hour class meetings via the Centralia College ~ Continuing Education Program
For beginners: learn to keep bees successfully in southwest Washington’s unique conditions. Topics: basic bee biology/behavior, equipment & apiary set-up, seasonal management, identifying & managing parasites & diseases, honey harvesting, over-wintering, & more. Students completing the course earn LCBA’s diploma.
Lewis County Beekeepers’ Association’s manual lays out basics for beginners; LCBA’s PowerPoints & demonstration materials supplement manual with visuals. In-class Q&A welcome; children welcome, too.
LCBA board members with many years of beekeeping experience: Education Coordinator Peter Glover, Secretary Susanne Weil, Founder/Vice-President Bob Harris, & guest instructors from the LCBA Board.
LCBA’s free Mentor Workshops give hands-on guidance in working bees. Students who join LCBA are eligible for discounts on spring package / nuc bee orders & free consultations with an individual “bee mentor.”
How to Register:
Registration costs $40 and goes through Centralia College by phone, mail, or in person - sorry, no online registration. 2018 registration details will be posted in summer 2017.
Questions? Email email@example.com or call 360 880 8130.
Below, host & Community Outreach Coordinator Dan Maughan with a frame of newly drawn comb & bees packing away nectar:
Below, LCBA mentor Gottfried Fritz, unsuited, left, talking hive-splitting strategies with Dan, right; far left, 2016 Youth Scholarship student Josiah Cowin, Gottfried's mentee, watches; center, LCBA mentor Chris Weedon:
Below, Gottfried holds up a worker bee extruding wax flakes from her abdomen (photo, Phil Wilson):
Above, LCBA's 2014 youth scholar, Joevanie Montalvo, and sister Davina uncapping honey at last year's honey spinning workshop.
Above, LCBA Vice President Kevin Reichert demonstrates the "leaf blower" method for removing bees from honey supers without harming them; below, Community Outreach Coordinator Dan Maughan assessing whether a honey frame is ready to harvest:
Above & below- May 30, our pre-workshop discussion of how to assess colony conditions to prevent swarming was interrupted by, count 'em, 2 swarms ~ so workshop participants got some hands-on swarm-hiving!
Above, LCBA Community Outreach Coordinator Dan Maughan leading hive inspection workshop in Adna, April 11, 2015
Above, LCBA President Norm Switzler leading spring management workshop in Randle, April 2014; below, at summer 2014 workshop on removing honey supers, mentor Kent Yates with new member Robin Hahnenkratt prepare to show the "leaf blower" method. We covered fume boards, bee escapes, & the "shake, run, hide" approaches to getting bees off supers without harming them.
We had a great time at our 2014 summer workshops in Winlock & Chehalis, which gave LCBA members practice pulling frames & assessing brood patterns, testing for parasites, & diseases, & learning techniques for removing honey supers with support from mentors: many thanks to our our hosts and leaders. Click here to visit our photo gallery for pictures & a narrative of what we found inspecting these hives...
Above, Norm Switzler guiding new member through hive inspection; below, watching bees hatch from brood comb at our April 26, 2014 workshop in Winlock:
Over 30 turned out for the "great east county hive inspection road trip" to apiaries in Silver Creek, Randle, & Packwood on April 12.
Over 50 participated in our two hive assembly workshops on April 5 & February 8 - see our Photo Gallery for pictures.
Below, a few scenes from April 12's hive inspections:
Above, Norm (holding frame) fields questions from workshop attendees; below, terrific brood pattern in Randle hive led us to do a split:
Below, scenes from LCBA's October 2013 Honey Spinning workshop / party: below, Sally & Gordon uncap honey frames while Ted drains a hand-cranked extractor:
Below, Lori pulls her first spun honey frame:
Above, Norm leads fall management inspection workshop in Randle, Sept. 14. This workshop focused on assessing a colony's supplies & readiness to over-winter. Click here to see more on our Photo Gallery.
Above, LCBA members assembling hive bodies at our February 2014 workshop.
Below, former Mentorship Coordinator Gary Stelzner leads Sept 7 fall management workshop in Winlock, focused on treating for Varroa mites using MAQS. For scenes from the workshop & discussion of treatment issues, click here .
Above, member Gordon Bellevue holds a frame while former mentorship coordinator Gary Stelzner wields the smoker.
Below, LCBA President Norm Switzler & first year beekeeper Melanie Case scrape burr comb from frames:
Below, former Mentorship Coordinator Kent Yates demonstrates Randy Oliver's shake method for getting bees off honey supers at our August 1 workshop:
Above, Michaela watching inspection at June 22, 2013 workshop.