Classes/Tours

Our retail shop is called TEXAS HONEY BEE FARM and we offer local, exotic, whipped, infused, and creamed honeys. We are looking forward to sharing nature's sweetest gifts with you!

Tours - We have stopped our Tour Talk & Taste events during COVID-19 to limit the number of attendees.  You may contact our store and talk to staff about scheduling a tour for up to 10 participants.

Address: 9874 Wier Loop Circle; Austin, TX 78736


2020 Class Schedule:

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Class 1: Beekeeping 101- Getting Started - 3 hours - 

(Indoor class with powerpoint and displays; tour of bee yard; honey tasting, etc)

Are you thinking about becoming a beekeeper? Do you want to do your part to 'Save the Bees'? Does your garden need pollination? In this class we will teach you everything you need to know to get started in the exciting world of beekeeping. We provide hand on demo of equipment and tools needed, hive options, safety, bee biology and so much more! This is for the person who is thinking about how to get started and needs to know more. Class is mostly indoor instruction and includes apiary tour and honey tasting. - Approximately 3 hours  (if you are unsure if this class is right for you, just send me an email to) - CLICK HERE
Class is not suitable for young children, sorry.

Class 2: Beekeeping 201 - Hands-on in the Apiary - 3 hours

*Must have already taken my 101 class or a beekeeping 101 class with another bee school.

Working in the hives in full bee suit and gear. ( Wear closed-toed shoes; you can bring your own suit and equipment or borrow mine, must sign a waiver to participate)

201 Class teaches you how to light/use your smoker effectively, how to inspect your frames and hives, how to recognize/treat for hives pests using organic treatments if needed. You will see and recognize all castes/stages of brood/bees, and hive products such as honey, propolis, royal jelly, pollen. This class is about taking care of your bees seasonally based on bee biology.  A lot of information gets presented in a short amount of time.

Class is not suitable for young children, sorry.  This is an advanced class, typically best for students that already have bees or know they will shortly. (with 0-2 years experience) You must have completed either my 101 and 201 or attended another Texas bee school class #1 and #2. (if you are unsure if this class is right for you, just send me an email to) - CLICK HERE

*Class date is dependent on weather for bees, must be over 65 degrees and under 95 degrees. – Taught by Tanya Phillips &/or Dodie Stillman (as needed to keep low ratio of students to instructors)


Instructors:

Tanya Phillips, Master Beekeeper, and Author of Beginning Beekeeping, Everything You Need to Make Your Hive Thrive!

Dodie Stillman, Master Beekeeper, President of Austin Area Beekeepers


All classes are taught in SW Austin at our home office, plenty of free parking. Air-conditioned/heated classroom and outdoor bee yard.  Address: 9874 Wier Loop Circle; Austin, TX 78736

Beekeeping 101 - Getting Started in Beekeeping - 3 Hours

Expert Entomology & Honey Bee Basics Class