Practical Beekeeping Class  

Special Note: Due to limitations in the use of the regular Library meeting room, the below listed class dates are tentative as of 10/9/2017.   Please check back here as the class dates approach.  


 Anyone interested in becoming a beekeeper or that is just curious about honeybees and beekeeping is welcome to attend.    

This is a free class  

The class is intentionally scheduled after the busy end of year holidays are over and the pace has slowed for most of us.    January seems to be when most outside activities have slowed and the weather is more conducive to sitting inside a warm class room leaning about honeybees.    It also gives time to order your honeybees and equipment, get it built, painted and be ready to start beekeeping in early March, which is the best time to start beekeeping.    

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The class meets from 5:30 PM to 9:00 PM in the auditorium at the Huntsville Public Library "main library" located at 915 Monroe St., In Huntsville, AL.


*NOTE: All sessions are different, this is not the same class repeated 2 times, to complete the course you should both sessions however you are most welcome to attend individual sessions.


2018 Class Schedule

First Session Thursday *January 18, 2018
Second Session Thursday February 1, 2018

*This date was corrected Nov 10, 2017.  It was previously listed in error as Jan 12, 2018.

Class sessions typically run the full 3.5 hours including a 10 minute break.    For additional information please email one of the instructors:

Class Location 


Main Library

Huntsville Public Library

915 Monroe Street
Huntsville, AL 35801
Phone: (256) 532-5940



Click here for a map to the class location

This class is based on the DVD video series by Dir. Keith Delaplane entitled:

Honeybees and Beekeeping - A Year in the Life of an Apiary

Published by the University Of Georgia

This video is divided into 8 different segments each just under 30 minutes in length. All sessions can be viewed on line at:


The class covers basic beekeeping fundamentals as well as all activities required by a new beekeeper for one full year in the apiary.

This class has traditionally been spread over 4 different sessions, at 2 week intervals. At each session, one segment of the above video was shown followed by a PowerPoint discussion and expansion on the information included, then a break followed by a repeat using the next sequential video segments.

However, due to limitations in the use of the library meeting room, we are now limited to only one room reservation per month. In order to get the class completed in time to start beekeeping in the class year, we have been forced to remove the video and consolidate the PowerPoint information into only 2 sessions.

Therefore it is suggested that all attending the class view half of the video segments, from online, before each class session.

About the Instructors
Photos by Chris Cambron


Bob Fanning

Phone: 256 883 9601

Chris Cambron

Phone: 256 509 6015

 Bob Fanning is a retired engineer from Motorola.   He is a second generation beekeeper who owns and operates a 100-colony apiary in south Huntsville that has been in continuous operation since 1915.   He manages multiple "bee yards" scattered around the city of Huntsville.   He is a past president of the Alabama State Beekeepers Association and the Madison County Beekeepers Association where he presently serves on the Board of Directors.   Bob was selected Beekeeper of the Year in 1999 by the Alabama Beekeepers Association.  Chris Cambron still works for a living as a as a Natural Gas Service Line Supervisor for the Huntsville Utilities Gas division.     Chris has 20 colonies in several locations in the New Hope area and is active in honeybee removals from homes and buildings.    He is currently serving on the Board of Directors for the Madison County Beekeepers Association.

Last updated 11/10/2017 bob fanning