FAQ

+ WHAT

The Round Rock Honey Beekeeping Course was designed and developed as a comprehensive yet easily understandable introduction to bees, beekeeping, and honey production. In every one of our classes, we provide students with the general knowledge that all beekeepers need to succeed. In addition, we provide the opportunity to suit up (bee suits and gloves provided of course), and gain a real-world hands-on experience at one of our own apiaries, either onsite or nearby. If you're looking to start beekeeping or just learn more about those wonderful little pollinators, you'll find this class is a real sweet time.

+ WHERE

Round Rock Honey Class Locations:

For Alameda:

Parking: It's a suburban neighborhood, there should be parking on our block, please make sure not to block neighbor's driveways.

Arrival: We'll open up our yard 15 minutes before the class starts, no need to arrive very early. We're the blue house with the red mailbox, when it is time for class, just head on down the driveway on the right side of the house to come to the back yard.

  • What to Wear: Beekeeping suits or veils will be provided, please wear a t-shirt with a removable light weight long sleeved shirt/jacket layer, comfortable pants or shorts, and closed toes shoes with socks (longer is better than ankle socks). Layers are a good idea as we are near the bay and it can be hot or cold depending on the moment, and it can be very warm inside the bee suits when we're in the sun. Please don't wear perfume or other heavy scents - the primary way bees communicate is through scent, so we try not to have strong smells around them.

  • Nearby: If you arrive early, Feel Good Bakery is a great spot to grab a quick drink and pastry. If you want to make it a day trip to the island (yes, Alameda is an Island in the bay), there are wonderful restaurants nearby on Park Street - Cholita Linda, Burma Superstar and The Star on Park are our favorites! Rock Wall Winery offers wine tasting with a view of San Francisco, or for another great view, stroll along the nearby Robert W. Crown Memorial State Beach.

+ WHO

Round Rock Honey beekeeping instructors are known for their commitment to teaching sustainable beekeeping practices in addition to using a local, "organic", approach to maintaining hives. Our instructors all have significant beekeeping backgrounds and will ensure that every student leaves our class with the most rewarding learning experience possible. If you have questions or comments concerning one of our instructors, please send your e-mail to bkschool@roundrockhoney.com and include the name of the instructor you are inquiring about.

+ WHEN

Classes are usually held on either Saturday's or Sunday's. The classes usually begin around 9 or 10am. Our class is approximately 3 hours long. Please check out our calendar on here for the most up-to-date schedule and availability for each location. Classes are held year-round but weather is always taken into consideration.

+ WHAT TO WEAR

We highly recommend all students to adhere to the following dress code for safety reasons:

Jeans or long pants, a long-sleeved shirt, and closed-toed shoes that cover the ankle. We also recommend everyone bring a baseball cap. It will help keep the beekeeping veil/hood up on your head. Wearing tall boots will also help ensure a proper seal with your beekeeping suit and prevent bites and stings from other insects that may be present in the bee yard.

+ AGES

You must be at least 7 years of age or older to participate. Participants under the age of 17 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

All participants must sign a Waiver of Liability and Hold Harmless Agreement. To expedite your class check-in procedure, please bring a signed Participant Agreement with you to class.

Click Here for the Participant Agreement.