Intro to Beekeeping – Astor Apiaries
Intro to Beekeeping

Intro to Beekeeping

Astor Apiaries
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BONUS: Discounts available on this class when you sign up for our mentoring packages.


Upcoming Classes: Feb 4th 6-8pm, Mar 4th 6-8pm

 If you have ever wondered about keeping bees or just wanted to learn about ways to get involved, join us for Intro to Beekeeping. We will go over the costs, logistics, and initial knowledge needed to start your own hives, as well as the basics of honey bee biology and behavior. The class will focus on urban beekeeping but most information will easily crossover for suburban or rural beekeeping as well.

This class is a brief overview and primer for our full Beginner's Beekeeping Course. A great way to dip your toe in the water before committing to the full course.

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.

Due to the COVID-19, we are presenting all classes via video conferencing for the foreseeable future. Students will receive the video conferencing link as well as digital materials prior to the class. You must have a computer and internet connection to attend these virtual classes.



How do tickets work?

We've cut the cost of the tickets by $5 and made ticketing per household as opposed to per person. We encourage you to take the class at home with your significant other, kids, or whoever is in your household.

Due to COVID-19, we do not encourage taking the class with anyone with who you do not already cohabitate. They would need to purchase their own ticket. Please be smart and follow pandemic-related precautions.

Is there a minimum age requirement to attend?

No. This class is recommended for ages 13+, however, children are welcome to watch. Please note that kids' ticket 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?

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 or move your ticket to another available date. Please contact us at least 24 hours before the class to make changes to your ticket. If you do not make prior arrangements, tickets will be considered used even if you miss the class.

Customer Reviews

Based on 4 reviews
The class was easy to follow and very informative.

Nick’s passion for beekeeping is evident, making him an ideal teacher on the subject. I feel like I gained a good foundation of knowledge on this topic.

I now appreciate even more what it takes to make honey!

This is a great introductory class for anyone who's interested in beekeeping and wants to know the basics. The instructor is an experienced beekeeper who is able to convey the information clearly, even for a novice like me. He incorporated a lot of helpful visuals as well. He also allowed us to ask questions throughout the class if we were unclear about something or simply wanted to know more about what he was discussing. Overall, it was a very interesting class, and I now appreciate even more what it takes to make the honey I like with my morning toast :)

The Perfect Introductory Class

Astor Apiaries' Beginner's Beekeeping Course was the perfect introductory class for me to learn how to have my own hive! The class also became accessible online on Zoom. Nick was a great instructor, allowing you to jump in and ask any questions the class had at any point of the course. I highly recommend for you to take it to learn the basics of how to establish a hive in an urban environment.

Class was incredibly informative

The intro to beekeeping class was incredibly informative and gave me everything I would need to get started in beekeeping. Nick was informative, answered all the questions I had and kept it interesting. I look forward to continue my beekeeping education with Nick!

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