Regional beekeeping classes

The below listed classes are available to anyone interested in getting started in beekeeping or is simply curious about honeybees and beekeeping

Please check back here for new class updates.

The intent of this page is to list all beginners beekeeping classes that are offered by any of the affiliated regional beekeeping associations.

NOTICE: If you are working toward becoming an Alabama Certified Master Beekeeper, these classes do not meet the requirements of the Alabama Master Beekeepers lecture series.  

If you are a member of an affiliated regional beekeeping association and know of any planned classes, please send dates, times, location, sponsoring organization, point of contact (preferably email or phone number), URL of your WebPages (if your association has a Webpage) and any other class related information to the Webmaster.

The following organizations have notified the Webmaster of the following classes.   
Associations are listed in the order they were reported to the webmaster.


Madison County Area

Practical Beekeeping Class 

 Anyone interested in becoming a beekeeper or that is just curious about honeybees and beekeeping is welcome to attend.    

This is a free class

The fire code for the auditorium where we hold this class is 100.    We had 125 on the roster at the fist class therefore we are looking at possibly offering a second offering that would start March 3.    A decision will be made at the next session (Jan 21) based on the number of students that show up.    We had students from 8 counties at the first session, thanks we appreciate it.   If you are interested in attending the second offering, please click here.


The class is intentionally scheduled after the busy end of year holidays are over and the pace has slowed for most of us.    January seems to be when most outside activities have slowed and the weather is more conducive to sitting inside a warm class room leaning about honeybees.    It also gives time to order your honeybees and equipment, get it built, painted and be ready to start beekeeping in early March, which is the best time to start beekeeping.    

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The class meets from 5:30 PM to 9:00 PM in the auditorium at the Huntsville Public Library "main library" located at 915 Monroe St., In Huntsville, AL.


2015 Class Schedule


This change posted 12/18/2014

First Session Tuesday January 6, 2015
Second Session Wednesday January 21, 2015
Third Session Wednesday January 28, 2015
Fourth Session Tuesday *March February 3, 2015
Makeup Session (if needed) Thursday March 19, 2015

*NOTICE: The fourth session date has been changed from March 3 to February 3 and a makeup session is tentatively scheduled for February 19, if needed.   The March 3 date will be used as a "snow" day in case one of the other sessions has to be canceled due to inclement weather.

 (Class week days are dictated by room availability at the Huntsville Library)

Class sessions typically run the full 3.5 hours including a 10 minute break.    For additional information please email one of the instructors:

Bob Fanning

Phone: 256 883 9601

Chris Cambron

Phone: 256 509 6015

Class Location 


Main Library

Huntsville Public Library

915 Monroe St.

Huntsville, AL 35801

Phone: 256 532 5940


Click here for a map


A special thanks or the Huntsville Public Library for their support and for providing the class room space that makes this class possible at no cost to the students.     This is a free class and no prior beekeeping experience is required.    It is open to anyone wishing to become a beekeeper as well as to anyone just curious about honeybees and beekeeping.


Class size is limited to 100 (due to fire code) so seating is limited.   


This class is based on the VCR video series by Dir. Keith Delaplane entitled:

Honeybees and Beekeeping - A Year in the Life of an Apiary

Published by the University Of Georgia

Click here to watch a preview of the video or go to and search on (Honeybees and beekeeping a year in the life of an apiary).


The class covers basic beekeeping fundamentals as well as all activities required by a new beekeeper for one full year in the apiary.

New File 8/11/14 brf


 This basic beekeeping class does not meet the requirements of the Alabama Master Beekeepers lecture series.  

Dadeville Area

Tallapoosa River Beekeepers Association Bee Classes

 The Tallapoosa County Extension Office in partnership with the Tallapoosa River Beekeepers Association will host a 2015 Beginner Beekeeping Course starting January 8, 2015.  It will again be held on Thursday nights in Dadeville from 6 to 8 p.m.  Mr. Damon Wallace, a Master Beekeeper, will return to teach and lead the seven week course.  Cost of the series is $45 per person, and includes two textbooks.  Cost is $75 for couples. Location TBD. Registration information can found at Payment and sign-up deadline is December 19th. Please share with anyone you know who might be interested. Thanks.


Shane Harris

County Extension Coordinator – Tallapoosa Alabama Cooperative Extension System

125 N. Broadnax Street, Room 23

Dadeville, AL 36853

256-825-1050 (office)

256-596-1363 (cell) 

This basic beekeeping class does not meet the requirements of the Alabama Master Beekeepers lecture series.  

Gadsden Area 


Beginning Beekeeping Class


Lookout Mountain Honey Bees Beginning Bee Keeping Class will begin Monday Jan 12, 2015 from 6-8 PM and will be each Monday night thru Mach 2, 2015 with a Field Day/Picnic Saturday March 7, 2015 (Weather Permitting).     The class will be held at the Lookout Mountain Honey Bees Farm (1590 Tabor Cut Off, Gadsden, AL 35904).     This is a hands on class, with book, hand outs, door prizes and food served every week.    There also will be a grand prize at the end of the class which will be a complete bee hive kit.    The cost for the classis $110.00 for individuals or $160.00 for couples in the same household.     If you are interested in attending, you must preregister.


For information and or to sign up for the class contact:

David or Lynne Kelton

256 523 4767 or 256 441 28876



 This basic beekeeping class does not meet the requirements of the Alabama Master Beekeepers lecture series.  


 This basic beekeeping class does not meet the requirements of the Alabama Master Beekeepers lecture series.  


 This basic beekeeping class does not meet the requirements of the Alabama Master Beekeepers lecture series.  



Last Updated 12/24/2014 brf