Joining the IEBA is as easy as showing up at the next meeting (2nd Friday of every month except September) In-person meetings have returned, but check back frequently to see if that is still an option. These will also be broadcast on Zoom, regardless. We typically gather downstairs in the WSU Extension building at 222 N. Havana St., Spokane, WA .
Informal meet and greet and "bee talk" starts at 6 p.m. - the formal meeting starts at 7 p.m., followed by the monthly educational program. Refreshments are served and treats to share are appreciated as well.
We welcome all beekeepers and look forward to your company and participation!
Don't be shy about asking questions; the most helpful beekeeping education comes directly from your local beekeepers. If you want to learn more about your bees and to learn what others are doing in the area, attending our meetings is your opportunity.
Annual membership dues are $5.00 per person and can be paid at the meeting (cash or check please)
OR you can print out the form below and mail it in with a check.
The IEBA offers numerous classes over the course of each year focusing on topics for all levels of beekeepers in our area, beginning with the Apprentice Beekeepers Course (First Year) - this typically includes hands-on training with IEBA hives. As of September 2021, we plan to have this class in-person in 2022. We provide the testing and documents for those who desire to be Certified Apprentice Beekeepers, which may be needed to legally keep bees within your city or town (see our Ordinances and Regulations section, or contact your local government).
We also provide classes for Second Year Beekeepers, typically beginning sometime in March. Second year classes are normally supported by field days in April. Contact Jerry Tate of Tate's Honey Farm for more information. You must have completed the Apprentice level class to participate.
We offer Journeyman Certification classes every other year on even years. Members must be in good standing with the IEBA to participate in Second Year and Journeyman classes. Other requirements may apply. These classes typically begin in February.
Spring 2022 Apprentice Beekeeping Classes are now open for enrollment. Instruction will be in person for vaccinated individuals at the WSU Extension Office. Students may choose one of two all-day classes, February 12, 2022 (9 a.m. to 5:00 pm); OR February 26, 2021 (9:00 a.m. to 5 p.m.). Many municipalities in the State of Washington require certification for keeping Honey Bees on private property. The IEBA's Apprentice Beekeeper Certification Class prepares a novice beekeeper for the state Apprentice Beekeeping Certification Exam. The remainder of the course includes three, hands-on Field Days held April 30, May 21 and June 11, 2022.
Please register early as our classes always fill up fast! As of right now, only the electronic link is available for sign-up. Once available, we will provide a downloadable form to mail or deliver, with check or money order payable to the WSU Extension. For now, use the link provided by
Brown Paper Tickets to sign up and pay online.
IEBA Apprentice 2022
Online Class Registration