Upcoming Classes

Fall 2014
Oct 7 - Dec 2
$100 per student
Class is closed
Winter 2015
Jan 6 - Feb 24
$100 per student
Class is full
NOTE: If a class is full you can add your name(s) to our class waiting list and will be notified if there are any cancelations. Individuals on the waiting list are contacted in the order they submitted their information.

All classes are held Tuesday evenings from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. There are eight indoor classes each session providing16 hours of instruction. This program does not include field experience.

The BCBA class addresses primarily hobby-level beekeepers interested in using Langstroth style beehives. Top bar style equipment is discussed. Management issues common to all beekeeping equipment are focused upon.

Whether you are just beginning to learn about the marvelous world of honey bees, already have beehives, or would simply like to be better informed about the issues facing the honey bee this class will be invaluable. The instructors come from a wide variety of backgrounds; be prepared to hear more than one answer to a single question!

The program’s mission is to develop knowledgeable beekeeping ambassadors to help educate and inform the larger community. The welfare of bees and beekeeping is of utmost importance, now more than ever, so the program aims to improve awareness of beekeeping issues in Boulder County, Colorado and beyond.

Class Topics

  • A Beginner’s Year
  • The History of Beekeeping in Colorado
  • Honey Bee Biology
  • Bees & Wasps of Colorado
  • Honey Bee Health
  • Alternative Approaches to Beekeeping
  • The Hardware of Beekeeping
  • The Beekeeper’s Year


  • Tom Theobald
  • Tom Nangle
  • Suzanne Connolly
  • Doyen Mitchell
  • Phil Bradbury
  • Tracy Bellehumeur
  • Julie Finley-Ridinger
  • Whitney Cranshaw
  • Miles McGaughey


2014 October/November classes are in Longmont at the
Boulder County Fairgrounds
Natural Resources Building
9595 Nelson Rd.
Longmont, CO 80501
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2015 January/February classes are in Longmont at the
Boulder County Fairgrounds
Natural Resources Building
9595 Nelson Rd.
Longmont, CO 80501
Get Directions



For more information call Tom Nangle at 303-678-5631 or send an email to

This class is operated solely by the non-profit Boulder County Beekeepers Association. Registration fees are applied to class expenses and instructor fees. Membership fees in the BCBA are processed through a separate venue – please see the website. Since 1998 this class has been modified and updated in order to keep up with current trends and issues. Suggestions are always welcome!

P.O. Box 383
Niwot, CO 80544-0383