Beginner's Beekeeping Course – Astor Apiaries
Beginner's Beekeeping Course

Beginner's Beekeeping Course

Astor Apiaries
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BONUS: Get this course FREE when you sign up for our First-Year Mentoring Package or discounted with our other mentoring packages.

Learn about bees and what it takes to keep a hive of your own. This 5-class virtual course will cover everything from basic bee biology and behavior, to setting up and taking care of a hive over the course of a season.

This course will prepare you to establish a hive on a rooftop, balcony or backyard. Beekeeping is easier and more rewarding than you may think and an excellent hobby to get into in the city or suburbs.

Classes will be held for 5 Saturdays starting March 6th, from 1-4pm. All classes will be recorded if you miss one. You will have a chance to go over any questions with the instructor once you catch up.

  • Class 1: 3/6/2021
  • Class 2: 3/13/2021
  • Class 3: 3/20/2021
  • Class 4: 3/27/2021
  • Class 5: 4/3/2021


Astor Apiaries Master Beekeeper Nick Hoefly
Your instructor is Master Beekeeper, Nick Hoefly. Nick has been keeping bees professionally in NYC for over 5 years. Aside from his own bees, he is a trusted beekeeper for NYC institutions like Green-Wood Cemetery and many new and seasoned hobbyists who rely on his expertise to help them improve their own beekeeping skills.



Is there a minimum age requirement to attend?

This course is recommended for ages 13+, however, children are welcome. Please note that kids' pricing is not available. All tickets are general admission.

What does a virtual event mean?

It means that we will be streaming this class online as an interactive virtual event. You can enjoy this class from the comfort of your own home. We use Zoom to stream classes and all students will need to install the Zoom app on their computer. Once you receive the class link, you will be prompted to download and install the app. It's a very easy process.

What do I need to bring to the event?

You're welcome to have some writing materials handy, however, we will provide a digital informational handout with the bullet points we cover in class.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

You can always drop us a line at with any questions. We'd love to talk with you.

What's the refund policy?

We will honor 100% refunds within a grace period of 48 hours after purchase. There is no grace period for purchases within 7 days of the first class. After the grace period, refunds are not available for this class. Please look over the description and contact us with any questions or concerns before you purchase your ticket.

If you purchase a ticket and cannot make it, you may transfer the ticket to another person. Please contact us with their information at least 24 hours before the class. Transfers will not be honored after the course starts.

Can I take just a few of the classes?

This is a full course and cannot be purchased a la carte. Whether you come for one class or the whole thing, you pay the same price. Each class builds on the information from the one before so the class works better when everyone is on the same page.


Customer Reviews

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Aggie Fezzuoglio
It was such a great experience that we became rooftop beekeepers...

My husband and I took Nick’s beekeeping course at the Open Center. It was such a great experience that we became rooftop beekeepers at our home. Nick has mentored us on our roof for the past two years. He is knowledgeable, patient and reliable. This experience has been amazing and I highly recommend Nick Hoefly and Astor Apiaries as your beekeeping central.

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