Beekeeping Schools


Are you interested in learning about beekeeping but not sure where to start?  Have you tried beekeeping before but given up from frustration or failure?  Most beekeepers share that the secret to success includes foundational training, strong healthy bees and support from experienced beekeepers. 

WCOBA is a not-for-profit association of beekeepers helping beekeepers throughout west central Ohio.  Our Beginning Beekeeping School is a full day introductory course teaching the art and science of beekeeping. Learn basic honey bee biology, equipment and tools required, how to acquire bees, fundamental management techniques using the latest (2013 / 2014) best practices and how to get a honey bee colony through your first full year of beekeeping.

The WCOBA team of instructors includes beekeepers with experience managing hundreds of colonies, queen producers, a former bee inspector, and an instructor for the OSBA Master Beekeeper program.  WCOBA offers classes several times each year at various locations in the upper Miami Valley and Mad River Valley regions.  Check our events calendar for information on our upcoming schools in your area.

The WCOBA Beginning Beekeeping School meets the course requirements for the Ohio Master Beekeeping Program Apprentice Beekeeper recognition.  The Ohio Master Beekeeper - Apprentice level recognition also requires passing an official field exercise conducted by Ohio State Beekeepers Assocation.  More information on the Ohio Master Beekeeping Program can be found here

You can register online for our beginners courses on the event page for the class.  If you have questions on the class you can contact the lead instructor by phone at (937) 477-9251 or by email at  

Upcoming Classes:

March 15, 2014 in Urbana, OH (FULL - no longer accepting registrations)

March 29, 2014 in Urbana, OH



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