Hive Inspection Program UPDATE

To keep our members healthy and safe, in-person hive inspections will be limited to a small number where social distancing can be practiced. Zoom virtual hive inspections are being led by Linda Tillman. See below to register.

28 Feb 2021

Join Us in a Hive Inspection at a Mentoring Apiary

MABA Hive Inspections are a valuable opportunity for members to go through a hive with an experienced beekeeper at one of our Mentoring Apiaries in the Atlanta area. These events are free for MABA members. The non-member fee is $15.

Special thanks to Shannon Henson for creating this video from a MABA hive inspection led by Steve Esau on the Tapestry Community property in Ormewood Park on May 14, 2016. To view the video at YouTube, click here.

How to sign up for a hive inspection

  1. Look at the list of available dates in the chart below and pick a date when you would like to join an inspection.
  2. Click on the link to register.

If you need any help in signing up for an inspection or if you have any questions, please contact Linda Tillman, the hive inspection program director at

DateTimeLeaderLinkLocationWait List e-mail
03/06/20211:00 PMJay Parsons (masks required, 6 max)RegisterChastain Park Conservancy06 Mar 21-Chastain
03/13/202111:00 AMGina GallucciRegisterBlue Heron Nature Preserve13 Mar 21-Blue Heron
03/13/20219:00 AMEd HoehnRegisterRucker Park13 Mar 21-Rucker Park
03/17/20217:00 PMLinda Tillman (online Zoom)RegisterMorningside / Community Garden17 Mar 21-Morningside
03/20/202111:00 AMGina GallucciRegisterBlue Heron Nature Preserve20 Mar 21-Blue Heron
03/27/202111:00 AMGina GallucciRegisterBlue Heron Nature Preserve27 Mar 21-Blue Heron
03/27/202111:00 AMJay Parsons (masks required, 6 max)RegisterChastain Park Conservancy27 Mar 21-Chastain
04/03/202111:00 AMGina GallucciRegisterBlue Heron Nature Preserve03 Apr 21-Blue Heron
03/31/20217:00 PMLinda Tillman (online Zoom)RegisterMorningside / Community Garden31 Mar 21-Morningside
04/10/202111:00 AMGina GallucciRegisterBlue Heron Nature Preserve10 Apr 21-Blue Heron
04/10/202111:00 AMJay Parsons (masks required, 6 max)RegisterChastain Park Conservancy10 Apr 21-Chastain
04/10/20219:00 AMEd HoehnRegisterRucker Park10 Apr 21-Rucker Park
04/07/20217:00 PMLinda Tillman (online Zoom)RegisterMorningside / Community Garden07 Apr 21-Morningside
04/17/202110:00 AMSteve EsauRegisterEast Atlanta / Tapestry Gardens & Preserve17 Apr 21-Tapestry
04/14/20217:00 PMLinda Tillman (online Zoom)RegisterMorningside / Community Garden14 Apr 21-Morningside
04/24/202111:00 AMJay Parsons (masks required, 6 max)RegisterChastain Park Conservancy24 Apr 21-Chastain
05/08/202110:00 AMSteve EsauRegisterEast Atlanta / Tapestry Gardens & Preserve08 May 21-Tapestry
05/08/202111:00 AMJay Parsons (masks required, 6 max)RegisterChastain Park Conservancy08 May 21-Chastain
05/08/20218:00 AMEd HoehnRegisterRucker Park08 May 21-Rucker Park
05/12/20217:00 PMLinda Tillman (online Zoom)RegisterMorningside / Community Garden12 May 21-Morningside
05/22/202111:00 AMJay Parsons (masks required, 6 max)RegisterChastain Park Conservancy22 May 21-Chastain
05/19/20217:00 PMLinda Tillman (online Zoom)RegisterMorningside / Community Garden19 May 21-Morningside
06/02/20217:00 PMLinda Tillman (online Zoom)RegisterMorningside / Community Garden02 Jun 21-Morningside
06/16/20217:00 PMLinda Tillman (online Zoom)RegisterMorningside / Community Garden16 Jun 21-Morningside
06/23/20217:00 PMLinda Tillman (online Zoom)RegisterMorningside / Community Garden23 Jun 21-Morningside
08/28/20218:00 AMEd HoehnRegisterRucker Park28 Aug 21-Rucker Park
09/25/20219:00 AMEd HoehnRegisterRucker Park25 Sep 21-Rucker Park

General Information and Rules

  • Cost – MABA members may participate in hive inspections FREE of charge. Non-members may participate for a fee of $15 paid by making a donation via our website by clicking here.
  • Registration – Each inspection is limited to ten participants. If the event is full you may email the leader and asked to be placed on a waiting list.
  • Cancellation – If you have registered for an inspection and are unable to attend, please contact the leader of the inspection immediately by email so that a person on the waiting list can be added to that inspection. In the event of inclement weather (rain or temperatures too low to open the hive), the hive inspection may be cancelled. If the inspection is cancelled, participants will be notified by email or telephone by inspection leader along with a rescheduled date and time.
  • Liability – Each participant must sign a waiver of liability on the part of Metro Atlanta Beekeeper’s Association and the inspection leader.
  • Rules – You must must observe all rules during the inspection.
  • Equipment/Clothing – You must wear protective clothing to the hive inspection, otherwise you will not be allowed to enter into the inspection area. The required protective gear consists of one of the following:
    • Full bee suit with attached veil, along with closed-toe shoes and socks, and gloves
    • Bee jacket with attached veil, long pants, closed-toe shoes and socks, and gloves
    • Bee veil, light colored shirt with long sleeves, long pants, closed-toe shoes and socks, and gloves
  • These requirements apply to children and adults.
  • Please bring your own drinking water.

Hive inspections take place in several locations around greater Atlanta:

Blue Heron Nature Preserve 4055 Roswell Rd. Atlanta, GA 30342
Chastain Park Conservancy 4001 Powers Ferry Rd NW Atlanta, GA 30342
East Atlanta / Tapestry Gardens & Preserve 909 Walker Ave SE Atlanta, GA 30316
Rucker Park 860 Rucker Road, Alpharetta, GA 30004
Morningside Community Garden 670 Hillpine Drive Northeast Atlanta, Georgia, United States 30306