Pancake Breakfast and Plant Swap

May 3, 2016 by  
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Join us on Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 9:00 am for our annual pancake breakfast and plant swap. Northland Masonic Temple 5885 Cleveland Ave, Columbus 43231. Come and eat all the pancakes you can and bring a bee friendly plant to swap with someone else. COBA does not hold a regular membership meeting in May.

Membership Details

April 28, 2016 by  
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COBO LogoDid you know that you can join the Central Ohio Beekeepers Association and immediately take part in all of our learning activities? Even better, your entire family can take part too!

Membership is only $10 per year for individuals and $15 per year for the entire family.

Download the membership application form below and send it along with your check to:

Barry Conrad
Central Ohio Beekeepers Association
6240 Wright Road
Canal Winchester, OH 43110

We’ll contact you with further details and instructions.

Click here for our Membership_Application

Youth Scholarship Program

April 26, 2016 by  
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The Scholarship Committee has selected three new youth to participate in the program for the next year. Last year’s participants will present their final reports at the March meeting.

Kent Williams

April 26, 2016 by  
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Many thanks to Kent Williams for presenting to the general membership meeting on February 16, 2016 at Franklin Park. Kent brings a wealth of information and passion for beekeeping to his presentations. An EAS master beekeeper Kent’s greatest ability is to have a conversation bee keeper to bee keeper and not lecture his audience. Thanks again to Kent.

Youth Scholarships

April 26, 2016 by  
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Scholarship Committee Chair:
Mike Hatter (

The Scholarship Committee shall be responsible for promotion of the scholarships, collecting applications, reviewing, interviewing and selecting final candidate. Upon final selection, the Committee shall be responsible for providing equipment and signing up the winning candidates for bee school. The Committee will be responsible for monitoring, mentoring and overseeing the completion of the requirement of the scholarship recipients. COBA Youth Scholarship Application now available below:

Note: This file requires Adobe Acrobat Reader for viewing and printing.

Click here to download form: scholarship_app

2017 Beekeeping Classes

April 26, 2016 by  
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The 2017 Beekeeping classes have been set!

Classes will be offered on 4 consecutive Monday’s and four consecutive Tuesdays, beginning February 20th, and continuing on 2/27, 3/6 and 3/13. The Tuesday classes, begin on February 21st, continuing on 2/28, 3/7 and ending on 3/14/2017.

One Saturday class will be held on February 18.

Classroom sessions are held at the O S U Waterman Farm Complex,  Wittmeyer Conference Room,  2490 Carmack Road, Columbus, Ohio




February Updates

April 26, 2016 by  
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Please contact Will Merrill ( to sign up for the 2016 Advanced Bee Yard. We are considering meeting twice a month, possibly on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday’s of the month or the 2nd and 4th Thursday’s of the month. If you have a different preference, please let us know. Also, if there is a specific topic you would like covered, let us know that as well. The Advanced Bee Yard will be at the Franklin Park Conservatory and directions and specific information will be posted at a later date.


We will be offering several classes in 2016, most will be at the Ohio State University, Waterman Farms complex, Wittmeyer Conference Room, 2490 Carmack Rd, Columbus, OH.

Tuesday classes starting February 16, and continue on 2/23, 3/1 and 3/8. Download the application form fill out and return.

Wednesday classes starting on February 17 and continue on 2/24, 3/2 and 3/9. Download the application form, fill out and return.

Saturday class on March 12th is FULL. No further enrollments accepted.

The Gantz Farmhouse class scheduled for FEBRUARY 27TH has been CANCELLED.

Volunteers Needed!

April 26, 2016 by  
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We frequently get requests for speakers to make presentations about bees and beekeeping. If you are interested, and would like to watch someone make a presentation, feel free to contact me (Will Merrill ), and we will set up an opportunity for you to “join in the fun.”

Volunteering is a good way to reinforce what you learned in Bee School, and to pass on to others your knowledge of bees and beekeeping. It is also a good way to reinforce what you’ve learned so it does not just “fade away.”



We are exploring several opportunities for beekeepers for 2017.If you are interested in placing hives in other locations than your own, please email Will Merrill ( and indicate how many hives you are willing to place, and what area you would prefer (i.e. Northern, Southern or Eastern Franklin County; a particular city, like Grove City;  Worthington, Westerville, etc.). This will be a referral service of COBA only. We will not negotiate any terms or conditions, nor will we be responsible for arbitrating any issues. We are trying to match beekeepers with land owners willing to have hives placed on their property.



Mark your calendar! If you have honey to sell, this is a good place to offer your honey to the public. It is also a good opportunity to invite other, non-beekeepers to learn about beekeeping, and the opportunity to invite folks to attend Bee School in 2018.

REMEMBER: Time to consider renewing your membership!

April 26, 2016 by  
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Have you renewed your membership for the 2016 season?

If not, please take the time to renew your member today!

Thank you!

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April 25, 2016 by  
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