Beekeeping Basics Workshop At Audubon

Those who have been fascinated by bees and the prospect of being a beekeeper can learn more about the hobby at the Audubon Center and Sanctuary.

On Saturday, Jan. 19, the public can learn the basics of beekeeping – just in time to order your bees for the spring.

Bees need to be ordered in January, so this is the time to learn what you will need to start. In the spring, Audubon will offer a beginning beekeeping series to fill in the details

The Beekeeping Basics Workshop will be held from 10 a.m. to noon in Audubon’s multipurpose room.

Taught by beekeeper Dennis Lamonica, the class will explain the equipment you need to begin a beekeeping operation. It will also present an overview of honeybees and the care they need. The program will lead into a beekeeping series this spring that will walk beekeepers through their first year of beekeeping.

Dennis Lamonica and his wife, Laura, have been beekeeping for several years. They, and their hives, have braved bears, weather and disease. They have a wealth of experience and knowledge to share.

The cost is $12 or $10 for Friends of the Nature Center.

With a limited class size, reservations are required by Wednesday, Jan. 16, by calling 569-2345, emailing or clicking on the link at

Audubon education programs are made possible in part through funding from the Johnson Foundation, the Carnahan Jackson Foundation, the Hultquist Foundation and the Jessie Smith Darrah Fund.

Located at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown and Warren, the Audubon Center and Sanctuary has over five miles of beautifully maintained trails on a 600-acre wetland preserve. Its three-story building contains a nature store and a collection of live fish, reptiles, and amphibians. One of the most visited exhibits is Liberty, a non-releasable bald eagle.

To learn more about the center and its many programs, call 569-2345 or visit