Beginning Beekeeping Class
COBA Beginning Beekeeping classes are held in the winter.
To begin beekeeping in the spring, bees must be ordered from the providers in the late fall or early winter. Most providers are sold out quickly. Holding the class in the fall/winter lets students order bees for spring.
COBA Beginning Beekeeping Classes are NORMALLY held in a classroom at:
Will Rogers Gardens Exhibition Center
3400 NW 36th St
Oklahoma City OK 73112
WRGEC is located at the SW Corner of NW 36th and Grand. There is no access from Grand. Enter from either driveway on 36th.
Google Maps Link: WRGEC
In 2021, because of the Coronavirus, classes were held via Zoom. This worked well, but not everyone likes Zoom, and in-person classes allow the students to handle equipment and interact more normally. Unfortunately, the virus is still an issue. So, for 2023, we are PLANNING on hybrid classes. Some people can be in the room, others can join via Zoom, your choice, if there is space. If circumstances related to the virus worsen, the classes will ONLY be taught via Zoom, and refunds may be necessary for families that planned to attend in person.
Each class will be held in 2 sessions, on 2 Saturdays, and each class covers the same material.
January 28 and February 4, 2023
(28 remaining in-person and 30 remote on Zoom)
March 18 and April 1, 2023 (Note that there is a skipped weekend.)
(30 remaining in-person and 29 remote on Zoom)
Tuition for the in-person class is $75 for the first person in a household, and $25 for each additional person from the same household attending the class. Tuition for the Zoom-based class is $75 per household, regardless of how many people you have viewing at your home.
Enrollment in each class is limited, so seats are not reserved until payment is received. Full refund available if Treasurer is notified at least 2 weeks prior to start of class. Those who have already paid for the in-person class may choose from a full refund or a refund of the price difference.
FOR ZOOM-BASED STUDENTS:
If your tuition is received at least 2 weeks prior to the start of class, your book, hive tool, and class materials will be either mailed or hand-delivered to you prior to class, so please provide a valid mailing address. If your tuition is received less than 2 weeks prior to the start of class, we will mail it as soon as possible, but it may not arrive before class begins.
You will need at least a free Zoom account, good bandwidth, and a device that will run Zoom effectively and let you see detail on the screen (desktop, laptop, or large tablet, with AC power, at least). If you do not have these, perhaps you can visit a friend who does. A free Zoom account is easy to sign up for, and we can assist you with sign up if necessary.
FOR ALL STUDENTS:
Q&A will be handled live, and additional Q&A will be available after class, if you so desire.
Class will begin promptly at 8:45 AM and end about 5:30 PM. If we are at Will Rogers Gardens, we appreciate help with setup (8:00-8:45 AM) and clean up (5:30-6:00 PM).
We encourage you have a lunch readily available, since we will likely teach through lunch. If we are ahead of schedule, we’ll take a lunch break, but the instructors will be available to answer questions during the lunch break.
The course includes 2 days instruction, Q&A sessions, demonstrations, handouts, one beekeeping book and one hive tool per household. Class time emphasis is on practical beekeeping knowledge, techniques, and equipment.
While we can’t inspect a live colony during the formal instruction it is important that we walk you through an actual in-person live colony inspection. You will have multiple opportunities later on during the spring, at the Will Rogers Park location and perhaps others.
Students are automatically COBA members for 2023, and other benefits.
You may enroll electronically by sending payment via PayPal “send money” to COBATreasurer@gmail.com. Please include full contact information (name(s), mailing address, phone, email) and which class. PayPal send money allows for the information to be included with the payment.
You may also enroll via using the “COBA Application for Membership and/or Beekeeping Class” available in multiple formats on the “Files” page of this website. The form and payment may be mailed to the address indicated, or presented at a COBA regular meeting.
COBA, 5030 N May Ave, Suite 264, Oklahoma City, OK 73112
If you have questions, please contact the current COBA Treasurer, who also serves as Registrar, at COBATreasurer@gmail.com. You may also contact any Admin or Moderator of the COBA FB group.