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Tri-State Beekeepers

About US!

About US!

Welcome to the Tri-State Beekeepers Association website.  We are a group of hobbyists in the northern panhandle of West Virginia and the surrounding counties of Ohio and Pennsylvania who are dedicated to promoting the pollinators, especially the honeybee, and beekeeping. Our mission is to nurture the art and science of beekeeping in the Wheeling/Tri-State area and to offer educational and informational services to the public. We meet monthly and host local and state speakers to educate beginners and foster camaraderie among more seasoned members. The meetings are always casual and supportive, drawing on the knowledge of veteran members for an exchange of techniques and know-how to encourage newer beekeepers. We offer a novice beekeeping program and mentor assistance, pairing an experienced member with a beginner.

2024 Beekeeping Classes for the Novice 

With great pride the Tri-State Beekeepers Association announces our 2024 Beekeeping for the Novice Course.  The course will again be presented by John Welty and Steve Roth.  John and Steve are recipients of the Master Beekeeper designation from the University of Montana and the West Virginia Beekeepers Association and John was recently named the 2024 WV Beekeeper of the Year.  Steve and his wife Kathie were the 2018 WV Beekeepers of the Year.


The course will consist of six installments to be presented from February 20 through March 26, meeting on Tuesday evenings from 6:00-8:45 pm at the Good Zoo Building in Oglebay Park, Wheeling.  The program will follow a textbook and lecture format.  The cost is $45.00 per person plus $15 for the textbook,  Beekeeping Basics by Maryann Frazier.  Couples may share the same book.  Every topic needed for successful beekeeping will be covered from obtaining equipment and bees to a live demonstration of the colony installation.  We will help you obtain the necessary equipment and bees.  While the course is aimed at the inexperienced beekeeper, even the most seasoned hobbyist can gain innovative ideas.  If you are not interested in keeping honey bees, but would like to learn more about the pollinators, you are most welcome to attend.  Reservations may be made beginning on January 1, 2024, by using the online registration form with a payment accompanying the application.  Enrollment is limited so advanced registration is required and registrations will close on February 16, 2024 with no exceptions.



WHEN:           Tuesday evenings from 6:00-8:45 pm, February 20 thru March 26, 2024


WHERE:           Good Zoo Building, Oglebay Park, Wheeling, WV 26003


WHO:             Master Beekeepers John Welty and Steve Roth


COST:             $45 per person includes all six lectures.  Textbooks will be available for purchase for $15. Individual                                 lectures are not offered.  This is a package course.


REGISTRATION:    Beginning on January 1, 2024, reservations can be made by using the online registration format or e-mailing Steve Roth at Enrollment is limited so advanced registration is required.  Registrations will close on February 16, 2024 with no exceptions.

Please address all questions to Steve Roth at


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