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 in 2021; 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.

Annual Swarm List Training & Certification

Date and Time: Wednesday March 6, and Thursday March 14, 7–8 pm
Location: Zoom meeting
Class Fee: $25

Note: you must be a current member and log into your shop account to see the Swarm Catching class.

The Guild’s Swarm List Manager, Bryan Hains, will be leading these in-person Swarm Capture workshops.  The class reviews important information about interacting with the public and teaches swarm collection methods. Attending the workshop is required to be listed on the Guild’s swarm removal web page.

  • If you were on the 2021 Swarm list, you will receive a re-certification notice that can be completed via email to be on this year’s list. You don’t need to retake the swarm class. Watch for an email from Bryan Hains.
  • Certification is valid for the current year of your membership
  • To be included on the Swarm Removal List, you must agree to collect swarms for free. Availability and areas where you’re willing to do a capture (among other information) will be listed for each person on the webpage
  • Members who are doing professional cutouts of existing colonies are allowed to charge for their services and will be listed in a separate section of the page.
  • If you just want to take the training to learn about swarm capture and not be certified for the call list, you can attend for free — just show up for the class!

Questions regarding the swarm list and training? Please contact Shannon Shankle