Introduction to Beekeeping

The Introduction to Beekeeping course is designed to teach the basics of keeping honey bees in the low, southwest desert of Arizona.  The course runs approximately three hours and is split into two components:  classroom education and hands-on experience.  The classroom portion provides students with general knowledge of honey bee biology, standard beekeeping equipment, and best practices for colony management.  The hands-on experience provides students a unique opportunity to suit up as a beekeeper and apply the knowledge and skills learned while assisting the Master Beekeeper instructor with hive inspections in the on-site apiary.  Class sizes are limited to 10 people to ensure that all students have the ability to fully participate in the beekeeping experience.

Course Highlights:

  • Master Beekeeper Instructor
  • Beekeeping Equipment Overview
  • Hive Components & Set-up
  • Basic Honey Bee Biology
  • Starting a Colony
  • Managing a Colony
  • Hands-on Beekeeping Experience


Cost:  $65 per student                                                                            

Location:  Honey Hive Farms, 14611 N. 83rd Ave, Peoria Arizona 85381

Dates & Times Classes are held October-May and are subject to weather conditions.  Click here to view 2019-2020 availability.

Other Information: 

Protective beekeeping clothing and tools will be provided by Honey Hive Farms.

Wear close-toed shoes, mid-calf socks, loose-fitting and light-colored clothing.  Skip the perfume/cologne and be sure to bring water with you.

Classes will be rescheduled if weather conditions necessitate such action and will be done at the discretion of the instructor.

If you have other questions regarding classes, please call (602) 330-8468.


Click here to sign up for a class



Hands-On Beekeeping Classes

If a five year old can keep bees, you can too!

Honey Hive Farms​