Classes and Events

Check this page for information on classes and other events related 
to beekeeping.

Local Events

Johnson County Fair
ECIBA will again host a tent at the fair, held this year July 22-25 

Beekeeping 101 at the UI Science Museum
Click here for a link to their flyer.

Old Capital Museum Bee Exhibit
"The Fragile Bee" exhibit by Nancy Macko, that is coming to the Old Capitol Museum in Iowa City from late August to December of 2018.  Click here for more information.


Are you new into beekeeping?  If you would like to work with an experienced beekeeper who will help you with any questions or concerns you may have, whether it is what kind of equipment do you need to start out, how to get bees, or if you would like someone to help you get started, the following is a list of people who are willing to help you out.

Floyd Otdoerfer  319-351-7428

Dave Irvin  319-331-6590

Will Swain

Jim Davis 319-626-2998

Looking for a mentor?

If you are starting beekeeping or are thinking about it and would like to work with an experienced beekeeper, post a comment at the  bottom of this page that includes your name and contact information (phone # and/or  email address) and a little bit about what you'd like to do, whether have someone to guide  you through the process of beginning beekeeping or just be available to answer questions from time to time. Your information will be posted here. Hopefully you will get a response!

Good morning...Wanted to put my name on the list looking for someone to do a little one on one bee mentoring with me :-) This is my second season bought a nuc this past June..they are still doing great, lost my first hive last winter. My name is Douglas Monk 13982 Rock Road Monticello IA phone # 319-821-1382. I realized a few weeks ago, I need to find a bee keepers group and start coming to the meetings..hope to make it to the next one on September 10th. thanks in advance. DM

Kirkwood Community College
What's the Buzz--Beekeeping
$12 Introduction to beekeeping.  One hour session.
location:  Indian Creek Nature Center
5-6:30 pm  Offered January 4 and February 1

Beekeeping for Beginners
$39  4 sessions
location:  Washington Regional Center, Washington, Iowa
Mondays, 6-8:30 pm  Feb. 5-26

2018 Beginning Beekeeper Class
Wickiup Hill Learning Center, Toddville

You're Invited

Just wanted to send out an invitation the new "Iowa B Club" hosted by Wickiup Hill Learning Center for anyone interested in bees and pollinators. One component of beekeeping is that the learning never stops. Whether it is your first hive or your hundredth, your bees can throw you a curve ball. Although there is endless information on the internet regarding beekeeping this hobby and industry is extremely localized, what works for those in Texas might not work here in the Cedar Valley. Join other beekeepers in the area to exchange local support, education, encouragement and help to promote the health and well-being of our bees. Most beekeepers find joining a club invaluable.

Each month, 3rd Tuesday of the month
Time: 6:30 pm to 8:30

Where: Wickiup Hill Learning Center-10260 Morris Hills Rd, Toddville, IA
Rick Hollis' <strong>maps</strong> and handouts

Erin Miller
Master Beekeeper

Online Beginning Beekeeping Course

Mike White, ISU viticulture extension specialist, informs us in his Wine Grower's News about a 37 part online video series sponsored by the Ohio Produce Growers and Marketers Association and the Ohio State Beekeepers Association.  This apparently has been awhile in the making and should be a very fine resource for beginning beekeepers.  In addition to the 37 videos, there is an accompanying online text you can download.  Check it out here.

Do you enjoy talking with others about bees and sharing your knowledge and enthusiasm?
Volunteers will be needed for the following events.  Check back here for information on whom to contact to sign up to help.

Volunteer(s) wanted: 


  1. Learn to be a successful beekeeper from
    two Certified Master Beekeepers.
    Classes start in January

  2. Hello,

    I am new into beekeeping here in East Central Iowa. I recently learned a lot about beekeeping while I was working and doing it in New Zealand. Now, I want to set up something here back at home :)

    I would love to get in contact with some other beekeepers in the area. Does anyone know how to get onto a local swarm catching list for the Iowa City area? If anybody needs help with working their hives or anything else, please comment back!



    1. Contact info is:
      319 530 7949

    2. Joseph,
      We keep a page here called "Got Swarms" (see the sidebar on the right side.) I'll add your name and contact info to the list of those who would like to be called for swarms.