Beekeeping classes scheduled for February, March

Town Crier

The Lewis County Beekeepers' Association is holding a beginning beekeeping class later this spring, and registration is currently available.

Scheduled five sessions at the Centralia College Student Center starting Feb. 28, the class will cover topics such as: Basic bee biology, equipment & apiary setup, seasonal management processes, identifying & managing pests & diseases, honey harvesting and over-wintering Bees.

It's a great introduction for "newbees" - or review for those getting back into beekeeping. Children are welcome! Course materials include the Washington State Beekeepers' Association's beginning beekeeping manual & LCBA's informational PowerPoints & demonstration materials supplement classes. Those who pass 10 open-book, open-note quizzes earn WSBA's Apprentice certificate & are eligible to proceed to WSBA's Journeyman & Master Beekeeper courses.

WSBA-certified instructors are board members of the Lewis County Beekeeping Association: Education Coordinator Tomme Trikosko, President Norm Switzler, Secretary Susanne Weil, and Past-President Bob Harris. Post-Course Support includes free hands-on mentor-led workshops; students who join LCBA are also entitled to discounts on spring orders of bee packages or nucs, an experienced beekeeper as mentor, and discounts to Bee Culture and American Bee Journal magazines.

If you'd like to know more about what's involved in keeping bees before registering, LCBA is holding a free overview, "Getting Started in Beekeeping," on Saturday, Jan. 31, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Centralia Timberland Library. LCBA instructors will demonstrate equipment and cover "a year in the life of a beekeeper" to help you see what you might bee getting into J

LCBA is also holding a free showing of the award-winning 2012 film "Queen of the Sun: What Are the Bees Telling Us?" on Feb. 14 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., Centralia Timberland Library. Celebrate Valentine's Day with this valentine of a film that celebrates honey bees! Through stunning photography and interviews with beekeepers around the world, this film shows not only the critical importance of these pollinators for our food chain, but what threatens them and how we can help.

Questions? Contact LCBA Secretary Susanne Weil: or (360) 880 8130. FYI, children are welcome at all LCBA events.