Bjorn Apiaries
Classes held in working apiaries, with hands-on practical application. If you want more than the standard bee class with 8 hours of "talk", then this is for you. We passed on the power-point picture of a queen, and think it's better for you to see the real thing. That's our philosophy.

For pictures from the 2011 classes, Click Here

Bjorn Apiaries has been holding open houses, classes, and other functions at it's Honeycomb Farm location for 10 years now. Classes are instructed with former state bee inspectors as well as experts in the field. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned beekeeper, we all learn from each other in social style instruction.

Every year beekeepers ask if we hold classes

other than traditional Saturday timeframes.

This year due to time constraints in our bee business with

nuc orders, we are offering Sunday classes.  

Classes at Bjorn Apiaries range from sustainable beekeeping, queen rearing, and inspector classes. We also cover alternative styles of beekeeping. 
Classes are not classroom only instruction. They are hands-on and proactive. The best way to learn while having fun with other beekeepers.

Bjorn Apiary Gift Certificates

Need a unique and special gift for the beekeeping spouse or friend? Want to say "Thank You" to your mentor or the person who has helped you over the years with beekeeping? Want to push that person who has been sitting on the fence for years thinking of starting beekeeping? This may be just right for you. Bjorn Apiary class certificates are good for any class and good at any time. Call for additional information. 

Information for all classes. Please read!

You may get on the tentative list for any classes now. All classes must be paid in January or you will lose your spot. Any registration taken after January 31, 2016 must be made with full payment.

Cancellation Policy: Full refund made up to March 15, 2016 Any cancellation after March 15, 2016 will have no refund issued unless we can fill your seat at the class. We are able to fill most cancelled registrations. But this policy must be in place for last minute cancellations, or late registrations that turn into no-pay and no-shows.   

Class times are from 8:30a.m. to 3:30 pm. Lunch, refreshments and drinks provided.


Classes are held at Honeycomb Farms, 180 Century Lane, Dillsburg, Pa. 17019


Sustainable Beekeeping Class - $60.00 per person - $100.00 for couples 


Queen Rearing Class - 75.00 per person        


Send check payable to: Bjorn Apiaries

                        Mail to: Mike Thomas  696 Potts Hill Rd. Lewisberry, Pa. 17339


You can also call for secure credit card payment - 717-938-0444 

Classes held rain or shine. We have the ability to hold these classes indoors if needed.


Please Note....We have never held a class that did not book full.

Do not wait to register. Thank you.


Classes at Bjorn Apiaries

for 2017.

Two New Bee Class Dates:

Both Classes Have Openings!  


Free Mason Bee Classes for 2016

Please check the "Mason Bees" Page for Details.

If Interested, please register. Very limited class size.

"Sustainable Beekeeping - A More Natural Approach"

First Class Date: 

Cancelled due to weather!

(60.00 per person or 100.00 per couple) 



A complete look inside the hive as it pertains to hive dynamics and non-chemical IPM approaches. This is the class that beekeepers say they wish they would of taken instead of other "beginner" courses. Class is designed for beginners as well as season beekeepers. We cover the different equipment choices to include foundationless comb options, varroa control, comb management, the power of requeening, and many other concepts you will not find elsewhere. This is especially helpful to those wanting to get off the chemical treatment treadmill. A great class to broaden your beekeeping skills.      




"Queen Rearing - And a Quality Queen Program"

Date : June 3rd - CANCELLED

Due to circumstances beyond our control, the quen class has been cancelled. We apologize for any inconvenience.

(75.00 per person)


A class designed for those wanting to raise queens, while understanding the full concept of a quality breeding program. We cover grafting with ample time for hands-on application. Items covered also include drone yard setup, genetic selection, evaluating queens, non-grafting techniques, and many other aspects of producing your own queens. Members of NSQBA (Northern States Queen Breeders Association) will be available to assist. If you have always wanted to raise queens, hesitant of grafting, or are just thinking of expanding your beekeeping knowledge, come join this fun and informative class. We teach you the details that you can actually go back and apply within your own operation.