NYC Beekeeping Apprenticeship – Beekeeping 101

We're excited to offer the 2018-2019 Apprenticeship Program. Apply today for this superior Apprenticeship Program:

  • The only Master Beekeeper-led training program in NYC
  • Training on NYC's unique native bees as well honey bees
  • Special opportunity to participate in community service as part of your training

An extraordinary look into the fascinating, complex world of bees and beekeeping

Information about the Program


Sundays between March 3 - November 17. Note: weather may result in occasional rescheduling to a Saturday


11:00 am-2:00 pm EST


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An extraordinary look into the fascinating, complex world of bees and beekeeping

Information about the Program

Our Beekeeping Apprenticeship will give you fundamentals of bee biology and behavior and prepare you to keep bees. NYC Beekeeping Apprenticeship will cover:

  • Honey Bee Biology And Life Cycle
  • Hive Installation And Placement
  • Beekeeping Apparel & Equipment
  • Honeybee Nutrition
  • Feeding Colonies
  • Equipment Building
  • Package Installation/Hive Inspections/Record Keeping
  • Reproduction, Swarms, Splits & Requeening
  • NYC Beekeeping: Dealing With Neighbors & Community
  • NYC’s Native Bees
  • Diseases, Pests & Treatments
  • Varroa Integrated Pest Management
  • Fall Feeding & Fall Preparations
  • Honey Extraction & Tasting
  • Final Winter Preparations
  • Graduation Ceremony


  • Please note that our meeting dates are subject to change due to inclement weather. If we are not able to meet on a Sunday due to rain or other weather, we will typically move our lesson to the Saturday before a given session.
  • Waivers are required for all hands-on activities
  • You'll receive honey at the end of the program!

Reading & Resources For Beekeeping 101


  • The Honeybee Conservancy Guidelines for Urban Beekeeping - coming soon
  • Honeybee Democracy by Tom Seely
  • Honeybee Biology & Beekeeping by Dewey Caron & Connor
  • Backyard Beekeeping by James Tew
  • The Backyard Beekeeper by Kim Flottum
  • The Bee-Friendly Garden by Frey and LeBuhn
  • The Bees in Your Backyard by Olivia Carril
  • A World Without Bees by Benjamin & McCallum

Beekeeping magazines and websites

  • American Bee Journal
  • Bee Culture

Beekeeping videos

  • More Than Honey on Amazon Prime
  • Hive Alive - on Netflix
  • Vanishing of the Bees - on Amazon Prime