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Beekeeping Education

Resources, Getting Started, and more.


Training Courses

New Jersey Beekeepers Association Education Page

Visit this page for the latest offering of Short Courses and Seminars in the area.

Getting Started Guide

Getting Started in Beekeeping Guide

Visit our local guide for how to get started as a beginning beekeeper. 

Additional Resources

- New Jersey Statue - Title 4 Agricultural and Domestic Animals - The statues that pertains to keeping bees in the state of New Jersey can be accessed at the New Jersey State Department of Agriculture website.

- New Jersey Beekeeper Registration Form - New Jersey Laws require that all Bee Yards in New Jersey where bees are overwintering be registered annually with the New Jersey Department of Agriculture. Read More > 

- Apiary Inspection Program - This link will take you to the NJ Dept of Agriculture Bee Inspection Web Page.

- Honey Bee Foraging Regions - This link will take you to a NASA website that shows the honey bee forage regions for the US. The map is clickable and you can see what month plants bloom in your region.

- Hive Inspection Form - Right click the link and choose save target to download a printable form for honey bee hive inspections. 

- The Kelley Beekeeping company provides a great education and beekeeping video page.  Check it out here.

NWNJBA YouTube Videos / Beekeeping Podcasts

- Visit the Northwest New Jersey Beekeepers Association YouTube Channel. We have 200+ videos there on a wide range of topics. Beekeeping lectures, how to, inspections, past meeting captures of hands on, there something for everyone. We frequently continue to add new videos so check back frequently or subscribe to the channel.

- Visit our Podcasts section of our media education page to learn about and see links to popular beekeeping podcasts.

Beekeeping Newsletters

- APIS Newsletter - A summary and gleanings of the articles in Bee Culture Magazine.

- University of California UC Davis Department of Entomology Apiculture Newsletter.

- Visit this web page to subscribe to the Scientific Beekeeping Newsletter provided by well know beekeeping researcher Randy Oliver.

Student Beekeeping Training Scholarship

Any New Jersey, full-time student interested in becoming involved in beekeeping can apply for a scholarship to one of the Rutgers, Essex, Jersey Cape or Sussex courses offered below. The youth must be a New Jersey resident, a full-time student and between the ages of 12 and 22 as of the start date of the course they are applyng for. Applications must be submitted with enough time to review and for us to enroll you in the class you are interested in. Click here for complete guidelines. Click here for an application form. If you have any questions about this program, please email

For more information about this program and additional training opportunities visit the New Jersey Beekeepers Association web page Education section here.

Glossary of Beekeeping Terms

Sometimes you simply need to know what people are talking about.  There are a number of unique phrases, words, and terms in beekeeping to keep you on your toes.  Hopefully these will help.

Betterbee Glossary of Terms

Bush Bees Glossary of Beekeeping Terms

Rutgers University Downloadable Beekeeping Glossary of Terms