Joining the IEBA is as easy as showing up at the next meeting (2nd Friday of every month except September) Due to Covid, we are currently holding these via Zoom. Once we return to in-person meetings, we will 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. Due to Covid restrictions, we are temporarily transitioning to an online format. 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 2021 Apprentice Beekeeping Classes are now open for enrollment. Initial instruction will be virtual, held over three classroom instruction dates and times: February 19, 2021 (6pm-8:30pm);
AND February 20, 2021 (1pm-5pm); AND February 26, 2021 (6pm-8:30pm). These three successive classses will be administered in an online format, via Zoom, with support from the WSU Extension. All three classes are necessary to complete the Apprentice level beekeeping class. The remainder of the course includes hands-on Field Days, 80% of which are planned to be held outside. This is, of course, dependent upon the COVID-19 phase in effect at the time of the Field Days, normally held beginning in April. Alternative instruction will be provided if outside instruction is not an option.
Please register early as our classes always fill up fast! Mail or deliver the completed registration form below, with check or money order payable to the WSU Extension, or use the link provided by Brown Paper Tickets within to sign up and pay online.
IEBA Apprentice 2021
Online Class Registration