LCBA offers a mentor program to supplement our classes & workshops. Members are welcome to contact mentors with questions about what's going on with their bees; when needed, mentors sometimes do apiary "house calls." Our program's goal is to help beekeepers become independent & effective in managing their bees.
All of our mentors are volunteers, so we don't put their individual contact information on our website. Mentors are available only for current dues-paying members of LCBA; since #s of available mentors are limited, priority goes to students who have taken LCBA's beginning beekeeping class.
To be connected to a mentor in your area, please contact LCBA's Mentorship Coordinator, Dan Maughan, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visit our Upcoming Events page for upcoming LCBA mentor-led workshops.
Interested in beeing an LCBA Beekeeping Mentor?
No certifications are needed - just beekeeping experience & willingness to serve. Contact Dan (see above). Also, check the "Resources for LCBA Mentors" link on this website: click here.
Above, 2011-15 LCBA president Norm Switzler guides new beekeepers Menlanie in learning to pull & inspect frames. Below, bees are flying at our April 11, 2015 workshop.
Above, former LCBA President Norm Switzler offers guidance as 2014 Youth Scholarship student Joevanie Montalvo uncaps his first honey.
Above, then-LCBA Vice President Kevin Reichert at our April 11, 2015 Hive Inspection workshop in Adna. LCBA's mentor workshops are hands on to supplement our beginning beekeeping course & support beekeepers at all levels. Reading is important - but you have to get in the hives to bee a beekeeper!
Above, mentors & new beekeepers assembling frames at our March 21, 2015 hive assembly workshop in Chehalis. Children are welcome at our workshops: below, 2nd year beekeeper Michaela shows a newbee how to insert foundation into frames:
Below, former LCBA Vice President Dave Gaston leads a top bar hive inspection workshop, May 2014:
Below, 2013-14 Mentorship Coordinator Gary Stelzner demonstrates the "sugar shake" method to test for Varroa mites: