Beekeeping classes at CC

Centralia College is partnering with the Lewis County Beekeepers’ Association to introduce gardeners and farmers to beekeeping.

A free introductory workshop will be offered from 10 a.m. to noon Nov. 11 in Washington Hall, room 103, at Centralia College. This workshop will introduce the basics of beekeeping, including bee biology and equipment needs, and provide a glimpse into a new beekeeper’s first year.

The full beekeeping class, Beginning Beekeeping, will cover everything a new beekeeper needs to know. It will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays from Jan. 13-Feb. 17 in Washington Hall, room 103, at Centralia College. This series of classes costs $40 and is offered through Centralia College Continuing Education.

“The Beginning Beekeeping class teaches you how to keep bees successfully in southwest Washington’s unique conditions,” explained Susanne Weill of the Lewis County Beekeepers’ Association. “We’ll teach you how to set up an apiary, manage it throughout the seasons, identify and manage parasites and diseases, harvest your honey, and more. It’s a comprehensive class that will set you and your bees up for success long-term. Plus, you’ll be connected to other beekeepers. There’s a wealth of knowledge and experience you can rely on to ensure the success of your own hive.”

To register for the free workshop, call 360-880-8130 or email

Registration for the Beginning Beekeeping class opens Dec. 6. Call the Continuing Ed office at 360-623-8940 or register in person at Centralia College Enrollment Services (second floor of the TransAlta Commons building). Students need to register 24 hours prior to the first class.


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