Central Ohio Beekeepers Association

Are you interested in joining the Central Ohio Beekeepers Association? Our organization is dedicated to promoting bees and beekeeping throughout Central Ohio.

Youth Scholarships

Do you have a child between the ages of 11 and 18 (by December 1st of the school year)? Our Youth Scholarship program offers membership, beginning beekeeper school registration and textbooks, mentoring and many other benefits. Click the link for more information.

Volunteer Opportunities

If you have graduated from the COBA bee school, volunteering to be a speaker is a great way to reinforce what you learned. You also help educate others about bees and beekeeping. There are also opportunities to volunteer at the first year bee year. Learn more.

The Central Ohio Beekeepers Association is a non-profit organization under the rules of the State of Ohio and is dedicated to promoting bees and beekeeping in Central Ohio.

We provide educational opportunities throughout the year at our monthly meetings, which are held on the 3rd Wednesday of most months at the Franklin Park Conservatory, 1777 E Broad St, Columbus, OH.

We offer our “Bee School” in February and March (4 consecutive Mondays or Tuesdays for 2 hours each meeting), or one Saturday class (8 hours). We give you basic information about beekeeping, physiology of bees, behavior, health concerns, and other topics to provide the student with information about beekeeping. Additionally, we offer out “Bee Yard” where new beekeepers are given hands on experience. We install new packages of bees into new equipment, just like a new beekeeper would do, and over the summer we inspect the hives. New beekeepers can compare what they see in the Bee Yard with what they see in their own hives, and can ask questions of the mentors at the bee yard. Winnie Williams coordinates the First Year Bee Yard and can be contacted at: firstyearbeeyard@gmail.com.

We also have an “Advanced Bee Yard” for beekeepers that have had bees for at least one year. Here we discuss other items of beekeeping that are not covered in the First Year Bee Yard. The Advanced Bee Yard is held at the apiary at the Franklin Park Conservatory. Meetings are generally held the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month from late April through September. The apiary, bees and bee hives are owned by the Franklin Park Conservatory, and the Central Ohio Beekeepers works with the Conservatory to maintain the bees, check on their health, and work to ensure the bees survive the winter.

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