Beginning Beekeeping Class

Location 6923 Washburn Way
Date Mar 17, 2018
Time 09:00 am - 02:00 pm

The Klamath Basin Beekeepers Association (KBBA) is offering their Beginning Beekeeping Class March 17th at the KBREC Extension Office, 6923 Washburn Way, Klamath Falls.

Learn what it takes to become a successful beekeeper in the Klamath Basin.  This class will be taught by Katharina Davitt, the KBBA Education Director and regional coordinator and instructor for the OSU Master Beekeeper Program.

Beekeeping is rewarding and relaxing.  The bee numbers worldwide have been declining due to multiple factors over the past three decades.  Hobby beekeepers are extremely important to their wellbeing and to keep their numbers up.  In return you will encounter a rewarding hobby with wonderful raw honey from your own bees.  Working bee hives brings your stress levels down.  You have to work them slowly and listen to their humming sound.  Bees will give you clues when they are getting stressed, and a high-pitched humming sound is one of them.  You will learn to work slowly, and by doing so you become relaxed and your stress levels will go down.

In the Beginning Beekeeping Class you will learn about bee breeds, their seasonal biology, equipment you will need, where to get equipment, how to order bees, and how to get them established.  Do not buy equipment or protective clothing until you have taken this informative class.  We will provide you with catalogs from various bee supply houses free of charge.  This class will cover half of the beekeeping year and will continue in the fall with an Intermediate Beekeeping Class (August 25) to get your bees winter ready to survive through our long winter.

This class is ideal for anyone interested into keeping bees.  The club and Katharina Davitt will host numerous field days throughout the year where you can participate to gain more hands-on experience or to ask questions. 

This class is taught on Saturday, March 17th, 9 am - 2 PM; please come 30 minutes early. 

Location:  KBREC Extension Office, 6923 Washburn Way, Klamath Falls, near the airport.

Class cost is $25, payable at the door in cash or check.  Teens under 16 can attend free of charge. 

The book is “Beekeeping Basics” by Penn State University at a cost of $15, or available as a free PDF download at

The Klamath Basin Beekeepers Association is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.  All funds received during this class will go towards public outreach and education.

Call: (541) 591-8995 and talk to Katharina Davitt if you have questions.