The Beekeepers’ Guild of San Mateo County offers a variety of classes and workshops throughout the year related to beekeeping. We provide a range of educational opportunities to suit the varied interests, approaches, and experience levels of our members and surrounding community. Please check back often, as we frequently update this list.

Additionally, we participate in several local events each year, such as the San Mateo County Fair, providing education to the public and a venue for members to sell their goods.

“All About Beekeeping” Virtual Overview Class — now online!

Our annual All About Beekeeping class was virtual this year; a series of videos giving an overview of beekeeping in the Bay Area’s mild climate, presented by Kendal Sager, a professional beekeeping educator.  Class topics include:

  • Overview of the time, space, cost and equipment needed
  • The basics of honeybee biology and behavior
  • How to care for your bees
  • The benefits of keeping bees — including how to harvest honey, wax and other products
  • Resources including local associations and other information so that you can start your own backyard beehive

Although the class is over, the Guild are keeping the videos available.

Beginning Beekeeping Class

Time: 10:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Date: Saturday, March 11
Location: Community Room A, San Carlos Library, 610 Elm St, San Carlos  (map)
Fee: The class is free, but you must ‘purchase’ it for $0 in order to register. We’ll see you there!

Have you been thinking about becoming a beekeeper? Wondering what it’s like to keep bees? Join us for a free class on the basics of beekeeping:

  • Why keep bees
  • Queen, worker, drone: which bee does what?
  • The beekeeper’s year
  • Where and when to get bees
  • Types of beehives (Langstroth, top-bar, Flow Hive)
  • Equipment you’ll need
  • “Beeing” a good neighbor
  • Varroa mites: to treat or not treat, types of treatment
  • Harvesting honey and other hive products