Meetings & Events

Come see what the buzz is all about!

We meet on the second Wednesday of each month at the Rocky River Nature Center, 24000 Valley Parkway, North Olmsted, OH 44070.

Doors open at 6:30pm for refreshments and conversation. Meeting begins at 7:00pm.

2018 Meetings & Events

December 12, 2018
Annual Potluck!

End of the year wrap up and holiday potluck dinner. Come and share your beekeeping stories of 2018 with fellow beekeepers and have a wonderful meal. Please, bring a covered dish, salad or desert (with a serving utensil) for 12 people to share. GCBA will supply hot and cold soft beverages, all paper ware and a protein dish(s). Open to all.

2019 Meetings & Events

January 9, 2019
Sustainable Apiary Management Using Nucleus Colonies (Nucs)
Bob Hooker, Harrison County Apiary Inspector

Bob is a presenter for the Ohio State Beekeepers Association traveling speaker program. Learn the basics of what a nuc is and how and when to make a nuc for a sustainable apiary program. Understand how to use a nuc for swarm control, backup queens and to hedge against winter losses.

February 6, 13, 21 and 28, 2019
Beginning Beekeeping Course

The 2019 class will be held Wednesdays in February on the 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th.  Doors are open at 6:30pm for check in and light refreshments. Instruction begins at 7:00pm and runs until 9:00pm. This course is for anyone interested in learning more about honey bees and can help you decide if beekeeping is for you. Basic honey bee biology and beekeeping techniques, equipment needs, site selection, best management practices, bee diseases and more will be presented. Registration is required. Course and Registration Information…

March 13, 2019
Four Seasons of Feeding
Melanie Seal, Owner/Beekeeper, Blue Sky Bee Supply – Ravenna, OH

Melanie will talk about seasonal nutritional needs of the honey bee. When do you need to supply additional resources? Learn about the role of pollen and pollen substitute in hive management as well as nectar, honey, sugar syrup and more.

April 10, 2019
Spring Management

Chris Merkle is a long time member of the Tri-County Beekeepers Association (TCBA), in Wooster, Ohio. Chris is a third generation beekeeper that has kept bees for 47 years. He is the main organizer for TCBA’s live bee and beekeeping display at the annual Wayne County Fair, and is one of the instructors for the association’s Beginner Beekeeping Course. Chris enjoys educating the public about honey bees by speaking at local schools, bee clubs, community events, and he also likes mentoring newbees.

Now that our Spring Fever is in full swing, it’s time to get out there and enjoy our honey bees. This month’s speaker (Chris Merkle) will discuss what’s going on in the beehives right now, and what we can do to help them out. For the package that you just installed, or the colony that survived this winter, Chris will suggest what to look for and give you some options for care.

Events of Interest Held by Other Organizations

Nov. 3
Ohio State Beekeepers Association Fall Conference

Are you interested in speaking?
We invite you to contact us. Speaking opportunities are available for you and/or your organization.