Beekeeping Courses

Beekeeping Education Courses

Beginner Beekeeping Course

May 6-7 & 13, New Westminster

Centennial Community Centre 65 E. Sixth Ave

Date: May 6-7 (Saturday and Sunday), Field day May 13, weather permitting

Cost: $249 plus GST ($199 for second family member)

Includes 1-year membership to B.C. Honey Producers Association


Downloadable print registration form

We’re offering a weekend course in how to start keeping bees, particularly for those living in urban Metro Vancouver. Whether you want to keep just a pair of hives or are interested in starting a beekeeping business, this course will give you the knowledge and confidence to look after honey bees.

The course, delivered in both the classroom and the bee yard, is taught by Master Beekeepers and BCHPA Certified Instructors Amanda Goodman Lee and Jeff Lee using an approved curriculum. Over two full weekend days we’ll cover what you need to know to start, and then give a full day of hands-on experience in one of our apiaries May 13.


·      Introduction to Keeping Honey Bees ·   Basic bee biology
·   Regulatory Framework ·   Bees in an Urban Setting
·   Bee Hive Components, Equipment ·   Hive Placement
·   Handling Bees and Frames of Brood ·   Basic Problem-solving
·   Swarms and Swarm Prevention ·   Diseases, Medication, Colony Health
·   Honey harvesting and extraction ·   Preparing for winter
·   What to do with your honey ·   Other products from the hive
·      Questions and answers ·      Exam


Centennial Community Centre

65 East Sixth Avenue

New Westminster, BC V3L 4G6

Your BCHPA Certified Instructors: We are the owners of Honey Bee Zen Apiaries, a company in Metro Vancouver that specializes in niche honeys, honey-based cosmetics, beekeeping technical services, public and private education services and pollination services to farmers.

Amanda Goodman Lee

Amanda is a Master Beekeeper and a beekeeping technician working with the University of B.C. on research projects. She is a former advertising executive with PostMedia and is also a member of  Women Leading The Way. Amanda is a former president of the Richmond Beekeepers Association and is on a BCHPA committee.

Contact: Amanda – Ph. 604-777-5430 Email:

Jeff Lee

In addition to being a Master Beekeeper, Jeff is a writer and editor. A journalist by profession, he has 40 years of experience in reporting, much of it with The Vancouver Sun. He has taught at Langara College and is regularly sought as a commentator and communications expert. He is the also First Vice-President of the B.C Honey Producers Association

Jeff             Ph: 604-328-5028 Email:

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