Come visit us in person and learn more about our passion for bees at The Valley Hive!
2022 dates now available for purchase.
Jump into a bee suit and experience a day in the life of a beekeeper! Whether you are looking to start your own backyard hive or simply have a fascination with honeybees, after participating in The Valley Hive Beekeeping Experience, you will gain new insights into the amazing life cycle of the honeybee and walk away with a new appreciation of how important these pollinators truly are.
Covid Protocol:We are doing our very best to adhere to the local current COVID guidelines set forth for the city & county of Los Angeles. All of our staff has been fully vaccinated. Since we will be working in small groups, in close proximity to one another, we can only accommodate vaccinated people at this time. As soon as conditions change, we will update these guidelines.
Please Note:Children over 12 years of age are welcome with an adult. Younger children are permitted on a case-by-case basis. Space is limited. Due to the popularity of this event, dates fill up quickly. There are no refunds for canceled or missed appointments.
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Class Topic: Is Beekeeping right for you? This class will cover topics to help prepare you to become a beekeeper:
Price: FREE - Registration is required.
Objective: This six-week course is for aspiring new beekeepers, established beekeepers who wish to broaden their base of knowledge, and members of the community who desire a comprehensive understanding of what it takes to competently manage a colony of honeybees.
Topics: Upon completion, students will be expected to demonstrate satisfactory knowledge of ten crucial areas of study including:
Location: All classes are held on Sunday and will take place at The Valley Hive located at 10538 Topanga Cyn Blvd in Chatsworth. Class will meet from 2pm – 4pm
Class Dates: May 1st, May 8th, May 15th, May 22nd, June 5th, June 12th
Additionally: Two hours of lab work in our apiary is required to pass the class. Apiary availability will be sent out to students. Students are expected to make the time to accompany a Valley Hive Beekeeper during a typical inspection at one of our apiaries.
Required material: The Valley Hive will provide the required textbook for this course, “The Backyard Beekeeper” by Kim Flottum. Students will also be provided with a binder which will be filled with material and notes throughout the course. Participation in completing the “Bee Binder” is mandatory to successfully passing the course.
Refunds: We regret that we will not be able to offer refunds after the first class has started.
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Objective: This course is for aspiring new beekeepers, established beekeepers who wish to broaden their base of knowledge, and members of the community who desire a comprehensive understanding of what it takes to competently manage a colony of honeybees. This is an online course that you will be able to take at your own pace. Additional course content will be intermittently added, by our instructors, throughout the Spring. Check your email for information regarding live zoom meetings and “office hours” in case you have questions about the course content.
Beginner Beekeeping Course Online - You will receive an email access link within 24 hours of signing up.
Topics discussed in this course include: