The Beekeepers’ Guild of San Mateo County holds meetings the first Thursday of each month, featuring experienced members or special guests who talk about honey bees and/or beekeeping. Meetings start at 7:00 pm; additionally, at 6:30 pm the BEEginner’s Corner meets for informal discussion on beginning beekeeping.

February 7: The Bay Area Beekeeping Year — Kendal Sager

March 7: Queens: Essential Things to Know, from Day 1 — Aiden Wing , Wings of Nature

April 4: The Bee Hive as an Information Center — Thomas Seely

May 9 (SECOND Thursday): 5 Years Amongst the Bees — Phil Stob

June 6: Small Hive Beetle and Wax Moths and How to Treat Safely for Them. Plus a short explanation of California’s new hive registration website and process — Drs Chanpreet Sidhu and Ione Yuen (etymologist and pesticide specialist, respectively) from San Mateo County Ag Dept.

July 11 (SECOND Thursday): Show & Tell — Join us for a casual show & tell event with beekeeping tools and tips galore!

August 1: Mites in the Hive! Who They Are and How to Treat for Them Drs Chanpreet Sidhu and Ione Yuen (etymologist and pesticide specialist, respectively) from San Mateo County Ag Dept.

August 3: Guild Annual Picnic — Burlingame Park & Rec, 850 Burlingame Ave, Burlingame, 11am-3pm

  • Picnic area near the baseball diamond 3rd base

September 5: Movie night! Special screening of ‘Honeyland’ — Visually stunning documentary film on beekeeping in Macedonia, which won three awards at this year’s Sundance Film Festival (including the top prize for international documentaries). Film will start at 7pm sharp. While we are not charging admission, we will have a donations bucket to help cover the cost of the film. Because the distributors require we limit the screening to an audience of 100, please do not bring extra friends along to see it.  Big thanks to Elizabeth Newell for arranging the film rental!

October 3: Trends in Landscape-Scale Toxicity to Insects as a Result of Changes in Pesticide Use — Susan Kegley

November 7: Mead Making — Tony Wicke & Sarah Houle of Boozehound Meadery will co-present. Tony will give an overview of mead and mead making, then Sarah will talk about tasting.  Includes 2020 Board nominations

December 5: Annual Holiday Party and Board Elections — St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Redwood City

Meeting Location

The Guild meets at the Trinity Presbyterian Church, 1106 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Carlos (corner of Brittan & Alameda de las Pulgas).

Suggest a Speaker

Got an idea for a speaker you’d like to see at a Guild meeting? Email . Please include the speaker’s name and contact info, as well as a description of their area of expertise.