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Beekeeping Classes for the Novice


With great pride the Tri-State Beekeepers Association announces our 2023 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.  Steve and his wife Kathie were the 2018 WV Beekeeper of the year.


The course will consist of six installments to be presented from February 21 through March 28, 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 $40.00 per person plus $15 for the textbook, Beekeeping Basics.  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 honeybees, but would like to learn more about the pollinators, you are most welcome to attend.  Reservations may be made beginning on January 1, 2023, by using the online registration form with a payment accompanying the application. Enrollment is limited so advanced registration is required.



WHEN:           Tuesday evenings from 6:00-8:45 pm, February 21 thru March 28, 2023


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


WHO:             Master Beekeepers John Welty and Steve Roth


COST:             $40 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, 2023, reservations can be made by using the online registration format or e-mailing Steve Roth at Enrollment is limited so advanced registration is required.


Please address all questions to Steve Roth at

Registration Options:

To Mail Registration
Click Here to download the application

To Apply Online:

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