Serving the Beekeepers of East Texas since 1985

Got bees?  Interested in bees?  Or just stumble across us?


Join us at Whitehouse United Methodist Church, 405 West Main St  (map link)

on the first Thursday of each month, 6:45-8:45 PM

The public is always invited to join us and learn about honeybees and their importance in our world. We offer the opportunity to meet beekeepers of all ages, hear knowledgeable guest speakers and join in family friendly activities.  Snacks are served at each meeting.

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If you are interested in joining, come to a meeting or join online!

Beekeeping and the public

Maybe you have noticed bees in the news.  Stories seem to be everywhere about bees disappearing, the lack of beekeepers,being “green”. Sometimes, people are scared by the idea of Africanized “Killer” bees. There’s a lot of good and bad information out there.

There are many insects out there in nature - especially the East Texas woods. Very few of them are honey bees!  If you have honey bees, they should be saved if at all possible. Call a beekeeper.  If you have something else,

call an exterminator.

Most people are interested in bees.

                 Are you SURE?


Members of the EAST TEXAS BEEKEEPERS ASSOCIATION compiled this pamphlet during the year of 1992. It is intended as a guide for new beekeepers in Smith and surrounding counties. We realize that hive and weather conditions dictate when a beekeeper can work hives. This booklet will give a beekeeper a time frame during which the correct conditions will likely occur.

Monthly Beekeeping Guide
Tyler Area Weather
Bee Nutrition Guide by Les Jeske

Youth Scholarship Application

Honey Queen

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Formed in 1985; Non-profit since 2000.

East Texas Beekeepers Association, Inc.

Education, meetings, training, Honey Queens...

What does the ETBA do?

This guide is specific to East Texas

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Beekeeping and the public
What is the ETBA
Monthly Guide

Video library





The ETBA offers an adult beekeeper training class. The class meets one Saturday a month January - April. Contact Dick Counts for information at (903) 571-1271 or see him at a meeting.

“Like the bee, we should make our industry our amusement” - Oliver Goldsmith