The ACBA membership includes commercial and hobbyist beekeepers, and those who just have an interest from around the County. The Association serves as an educational resource for beekeeping and urban and rural ecology within the Bay Area. We leverage member knowledge and curiosity to provide beekeeping demonstrations, lectures and programming. Our monthly meetings feature informative speakers who have practical experience and academic knowledge. Beekeeping can be a life-long learning obsession and joy. There is no one way to keep bees, and success at being a bee “keeper” rather than a bee “haver” is the goal of each member. As seasons and conditions change, so do the bees and their needs. One of our favorite observations is, “Clearly, my bees haven’t read the books!”
Through ACBA membership, individuals are exposed to a network of people and resources as comprehensive as the club’s history of more than 100 years. We encourage prospective members to attend our regular monthly meetings for presentations, discussions, and bee-related chit-chat.
Benefits of Membership
- Lending Library: bee-related books and DVDs
- Equipment Rentals: honey extractors, solar wax melter, candle making kit
- Club Google Group for conversation and problem-solving
- Newsletter Archive
- Videos and Powerpoint presentations created by monthly speakers
- Mentorship opportunities
- Swarm List: Interested members are notified about swarms and extractions reported to the Swarm Hotline and have the opportunity to collect bees.
To join or renew
Membership is $10/year; memberships renew every January no matter when you join. To join or renew for another year, fill out our online form to tell us a bit about yourself and provide contact info. You will be directed to pay your $10. via PayPal.
When the City of Oakland allows in-person meetings again you attend one of those on the second Tuesday of the month and talk to our membership coordinator.
We’re excited and honored to have you join our historic and distinguished roster of members. Welcome!