Classes & Special Events

Napa Valley College

Spring Beekeeping for Beginners

This course is perfect for those who have little or no beekeeping experience who seek more knowledge and practical hands-on skills in order begin owning and caring for their own honeybee colonies.

Designed primarily for those wishing to explore beekeeping, gain understanding about honeybee behavior, and learn options available for the management of honeybee colonies, this two hour class is also an excellent opportunity for people with prior beekeeping experience to refresh and hone their beekeeping skills while gaining knowledge of the latest information on beekeeping options.

Led by Jon Sevigny, longtime beekeeper, beekeeping mentor, and lead for the Napa Valley Beekeepers’ Association, this engaging mix of hands-on activities and lecture includes essential beekeeping topics and how-to skills: the importance of bees, honeybee biology basics, beekeeping equipment (what you need, where to get it, how to use it), starting your first hive, maintaining a healthy hive, installing a package/nuc, opening, inspecting, understanding, and identifying your colony and its casts, reading frames, and how to connect with beekeeping resources and the local beekeeping community.

A native of Quebec, Sevigny grew up on his family’s maple syrup farm and came to beekeeping after working as a sommelier, wine buyer, and saucier. A frequent bee blogger, he is also involved with the open source Lab that builds computer monitoring systems for placement in the hive.

A hive tool is included in the class fee. Long pants and long sleeved shirt are required. No black or red colors. Hooded veils will be provided. Students must sign a liability waiver at the start of class.


Course Code Number: 74604




Sign up at 707-967-2901


The Napa Valley College, is one of California’s 113 community colleges, located in Napa Valley. The tree-lined main campus in Napa, California sits on 160 acres overlooking the Napa River and includes a Performing Arts Center, a Child Development Center, a Business Development Center and the Napa Valley Vintners Teaching Winery. The Upper Valley Campus in St. Helena includes the Napa Valley Cooking School, teaching gardens, pollinator gardens and a honey bee apiary.

*The classes, resources, and talks offered and drop in hive dives are not associated with any official or non-official pollinator groups, honey companies or commercial beekeepers. Our goal is to aid you on your path no matter your management style and beliefs.