Meeting Schedule

Travis County Beekeepers Association is committed to educating both beekeepers and the public about the importance of honeybees. One way we do this is by curating interesting programs and hosting experienced speakers for our meetings. All meetings are free and open to the public. We hope you enjoy this year’s schedule of speakers and topics!

TCBA meetings are usually held on the FIRST Monday of each month

Please bring snacks to share when you can, thanks!

2021 Upcoming Meeting Dates:

Monday December 6, 2021 – 7:00-9:00pm – In Person – Xmas Social and Wax Making at Zilker Botanical Garden

This coming Monday night, December 6, 2021 for our HOLIDAY Meeting we will host Master Beekeeper Dodie Stillman for a HANDS ON MAKER class using beeswax. Its always free to attend our meetings, but there’s a $5 CASH fee per person to make products if you want to participate, that will just cover the cost of the beeswax and jewelry parts, etc. We will make a minimum of 3 things, maybe more depending on how many folks show up. These are PERFECT Christmas gifts, etc. AND you will have a great time. Meeting is at Zilker Botanical Gardens at our USUAL meeting space, just let them know at the gate that you are there for the beekeeper’s meeting. It’s from 7-9pm and we gotta be cleaned up and OUT of the gate by 9:30pm. If you want to make products, PLEASE RSVP to the facebook event so we know how many people to bring supplies for. We will be ready for 20 unless we have more RSVPS, so be sure to put down how many in your family will be making stuff on the RSVP. See y’all there!

Free to attend, but if you want to make some sweet xmas gifts it’s $5 per person cash to cover materials! 🙂 December 6th 7pm at Zilker Botanical Garden Meeting room. PLEASE RSVP so we have enough beeswax and supplies! Thanks!

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Monday November 1, 2021 – 7:00-9:00pmZilker Botanical Garden

Please join us for our November 1st TCBA meeting, in person!

We are finally back at Zilker Botanical Garden!!!

We will be covering a honey sensory class and also winter prep. Although the Zilker website mentions registering to visit, you do not need to register for the meeting- just come on out. Masks are required at Zilker Botanical Gardens and they may be performing a temperature check. If you are more comfortable, we will be offering a zoom online version too, as long as all goes smoothly.

Zoom link:
https://us06web.zoom.us/j/82810015217

Info on Zilker Botanical Garden: https://zilkergarden.org/

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Monday October 4, 2021 – 7:00-9:00pm – IN PERSON meeting at Texas Honey Bee Farm – SW Austin off 290 West. (9874 Wier Loop Circle; Austin, TX 78736) – Class will not be on zoom. It’s proprietary information and its experiential learning that you need to be here to experience. :). Class will be offered again at the TBA state conference in Nov on Saturday Nov 6th in Galveston.

Tanya Phillips will present on the topic of HONEY SENSORY ANALYSIS which is a way of looking for defects, sensory pleasantness, geographical and botanical origin in a variety of “known regional honeys”.  This process is just one part of how they analyze honey in Italy and other areas of Europe in order to prevent “fake” or adulterated or even just mislabeled honey from being sold for human consumption in their countries. It is also used in the judging process for honey shows in Italy. So taste and entering your honey into the right category play an important role in the competition, unlike in the US Honey  shows. We will do some hands on sensory awareness training  and learn a little bit about the process of how to document  both the tastes and flavors in your honey.

  Monday September 6, 2021 – 7:00-9:00pm – Zoom Meeting

We realize that it falls right on Labor Day, but if you are able to join us, we will have you covered! We will have a Back to School- Back to the Apiary Resource Night. Bring your questions on how your hives are doing and feel free to join us if you are just getting started! Join us through zoom: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/89135787756 

Monday August 2, 2021 – 7:00-9:00pm – IN PERSON MEETING at Texas Honey Bee Farm

Topic: We will be demo-ing Honey Extraction 🙂

Speaker: Jesus Soto has over 50 years of experience keeping bees for honey production. He began his career in Bolivia and was there when the Africanized bees entered the country and changed the face of beekeeping. He moved to Southern California, got his master’s degree in Entomology and kept bees for more than 30 years in Malibu and other coastal areas where he managed hives for honey production and sold thousands of pounds of honey.


Monday July 5, 2021 – 7:00-9:00pm- This meeting will be via ZOOM online:

Topic:  – Hive inspections 101 for Beginners – This class is geared toward the beginner but it actually pulls together much of the info around understanding the brood nest layout and working with it in a bee centered way. It includes a bit about the wheel of the year too.
Speaker is Fonta Molyneaux
She is a Mother of 3, Master herbalist, botanist and beekeeper living in the Pacific Northwest where she owns and operates Wild Everlasting Farm Bees & Trees. 30 acres devoted to exploring the relationship between People, Plants and Pollinators. Wild Everlasting is the Flagship Farm for the Oregon Bee Project & The Oregon department of Agriculture for conservation toward pollinator health and habitat. She also founded the Sun Queen School of Apiary Arts. Where she teaches Bee centered Beekeeping both online and in person to her many students far and wide sharing her love and passion of honey bees and Bioregional beekeeping.

Follow her on Instagram @beekeepingbotanist

Monday June 7, 2021 – 7:00-9:00pm – In person meeting at Texas Honey Bee Farm in SW Austin – 9874 Wier Loop Circle, Austin, TX 78736 – Our meeting topic is A Year’s Work of the Beekeeper and our speaker is:

American Honey Princess Virginia Allen

Virginia is the daughter of David and Mary-Ann Allen of Richardson, Texas.  She is a freshman at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor studying organizational leadership.  She is an active leader in her local Fire Explorers program and hopes to serve as a paramedic or flight nurse.  In her spare time, she enjoys volunteering at church, reading, cross stitching, and rock climbing.  As the 2021 American Honey Princess, Virginia serves as a national spokesperson for the American Beekeeping Federation, a trade organization representing beekeepers and honey producers throughout the United States.  The American Honey Queen and Princess speak and promote in venues nationwide, and, as such, Princess Virginia will travel throughout the United States in 2021.  Prior to serving as the American Honey Princess, Virginia served as the 2020 Texas Honey Queen.

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PAST MEETINGS:

Monday May 3, 2021 – 7:00-9:00pm – Zoom meeting with Dallas Beekeeper Ryan Geisecke covering IPM Management 

Monday April 5, 2021 – In Person Meeting at Texas Honey Bee Farm – SW Austin – 9874 Wier Loop Circle, Austin, TX 78736 – EARLY START – 6:00pm-7:00pm – Social Hour, Snacks, Meet the Beekeepers – 7pm Meeting (Speaker TBA)

Monday – March 1, 2021 – Zoom Meeting – 7:00pm-8:30pm – Speaker – Tanya Phillips – Spring Preparations

Monday – February 1, 2021 – Zoom Meeting – 7:00pm-8:30pm – Guest Speaker – Jimmie Oakley

Monday – January 4, 2021 – No meeting

COVID-19 UPDATES: Zilker Botanical Garden and Gift shop has been closed indefinitely for in-person meetings for all clubs.

ONLINE MEETINGS ARE AVAILABLE LIVE VIA ZOOM until we can resume regular meetings.  We will send out updates and invites via email to all members each month. If you are a paid member and have not received the email invitations, please email us ASAP – info (at) traviscountybeekeepers (dot) org

*Occasionally topics will change or be shifted in order to accommodate special guest speakers.