Bee School Application Process

2018 Classes will start in late January and meet on Tuesday nights

Please see list of other classes as part of the Virginia Beekeepers Teachers Consortium

Information about Bee School in general is found here:

Things to know about the 2018 PWRBA Bee School Application Process

  • Please join us at the Open House to meet beekeepers on Saturday Nov 18th from 1-3 pm at the Manassas Church of the Brethren, 10047 Nokesville Road (Rt.28), Manassas, VA
  • Bee School Applications  are accepted anytime up to the Open House Sat. Nov 18th, 2017
  • Bee School Applications  will be reviewed after the Open House and a roster of the 2018 class will be made available in early December 2017. Space available, we will continue to accept applications into January, 2018.
  • If you are accepted into class, class meets 8 times between mid-January and mid-March on Tuesday evenings from 7-9 pm.
  • The Class Fee (includes class books, presentations, and PWRBA membership dues) will be $100.00 per family DO NOT PAY AT THIS TIME- WAIT UNTIL YOU ARE NOTIFIED THAT YOUR APPLICATION IS ACCEPTED in early December.
  • This course is very popular and has filled up most years. Class size is limited to 25. Selection for class is based on application and if needed, evaluation and/or Active PWRBA members will be given priority.
  • You should know that the initial cost for setting up your bee hives averages approximately $600-$800 including equipment and bees, but not including the class Also, be aware that manipulating bee hive bodies does require strength enough to lift heavy boxes filled with honey weighing sometimes well over 40 pounds.


Bee School Principal Chris Mayes 703-851-8830

Bee School Assistant Tracy Williamson at 703-599-7594


PWRBA Bee School: The Prince William Regional Beekeepers is part of the Virginia Teaching Consortium. We teach Introduction to Practical Beekeeping classes in Manassas every winter. Beginning classes are open to adults and children (age 10 and over and accompanied by an adult) and geared to those who want to keep honeybees. In the beginning classes you will learn: History of Beekeeping  * Life Cycle and Biology of Honeybees * Set up and Maintenance of Beehives * Seasonal Hive Management * Beekeeping Equipment & Supplies * Integrated Pest Management * Sustainable Beekeeping * Nectar Sources * Where to Get Bees * Installation of Honeybees into a Colony * and more.


The Virginia Beekeeping Teachers Consortium runs very similar beekeeping classes in Northern Virginia,  Fairfax area, Loudoun, Fauquier, Rixeyville, Woodstock, Fredricksburg, the Northern Neck, Madison, Lynchburg area, and Winchester. See link below for list of classes:

2018 Consortium Practical Beekeeping for Beginners 093017

Are you interested in learning more about bees and beekeeping, but don’t necessarily want to keep bees, or make a commitment to an 8-week course?  There are many internet based short courses. Below are a few examples: