Learn Beekeeping

2014 Beekeeping Short Course is now full

We can no longer accept registrations. Join us for monthly meetings.

An Introduction to Honey Bees and Beekeeping

Come to the MABA short course to learn the fundamentals of beekeeping. We welcome anyone who is interested in learning about honey bees, even if a hive is not in your immediate future.

Setting up new hives must be done in the spring, generally from March to May. This course is offered in January to give potential beekeepers time to order bees and equipment, and prepare a site for hives. Since the course takes place in January, our classroom course will not involve live bees. During the spring and summer months, hands-on experience with live bees will be available to all Short Course students through the MABA Hive Inspections. In the MABA hive inspections, small groups go through a beehive with an experienced beekeeper in one of several MABA hive locations in the Atlanta area.

Created with Admarket's flickrSLiDR.

Join our MABA Short Course and learn what you need to know to get started keeping honey bees.

2014 Course Schedule

8:30  Doors Open.  Pick up name tags and Pollen Basket on tables at door
9:00 Welcome:  Julia Mahood and Linda Tillman
9:10 Jennifer Berry:  Beekeeping 101
9:40 Curtis Gentry:  Hive equipment
10:10 Video:  Installing the hive with Cindy Bee
10:20 Smoker Lighting: Noah Macey, Curt Barrett, Curtis Gentry and Chris Pahl

10:40 Jennifer Berry:  IPM and Natural Beekeeping Practices
11:10 Linda Tillman:  How to work the beehive through the year
11:40- 1:00  Lunch
1:00 Keith Fielder on Location, location, location
1:30 Head to Breakout sessions:
1:35-2:05 Session 1
2:10-2:40 Session 2
  • Mike Schaaphok.:  Building hive equipment
  • Cindy Hodges:  Certified Naturally Grown
  • Patty Parsons:  Products of the hive
  • Noah Macey:  Top Bar Hives and foundationless frames
2:45 Honey Ice cream break
3:00 Keith Fielder on Plants for Bees, Botany and Beekeeping
3:30 Video: Honey harvest with Gina Gallucci and Linda Tillman
3:45 - 4:30 Q & A with all instructors


Atlanta Botanical Garden, Day Hall
1345 Piedmont Ave. NE
Atlanta GA 30309

View Larger Map


Saturday, January 18, 2014
8:30 AM- 4:30 PM


Fee for the one day course: $95


  • First class presentations by educators in entomology and botany as well as experienced urban beekeepers
  • Displays of beekeeping equipment
  • Educational materials
  • Lunch (including gluten-free and vegetarian options) and beverages
  • Parking pass for parking deck at the Botanical Garden