2019 Beginner Bee School
This course is for the beginner to beekeeping. Our experts will guide you through your first year of beekeeping, covering equipment, bee biology, and basic management. We will discuss the many situations that a beekeeper will face over the year, and will provide hands-on experience in basic hive inspection and skills – designed so that each participant can learn a technique in class and return to apply it in their own hives. This course will focus on understanding the needs of bees and raising healthy colonies.
Each class will begin indoors with lecture/discussion time, and will move outdoors to the teaching apiary (except February, which will be entirely indoors). Participants are expected to bring their own veils/protective clothing, and dress appropriately for working outdoors with bees. Some sort of veil/face protection is required for working in the apiary. We will use the club's teaching hives at the Botanical Gardens for hands-on skill training. Participants generally choose to keep their own bees during this season, though it is not required. No equipment is required at the beginning of the course, as we will cover where and how to purchase everything. It is recommended that participants attend each class, as each session will cover new information.
IMPORTANT – Complete our online bee school application here (it will open in a new window). You must return to this page to complete your purchase! You are not considered registered until we have received your REGISTRATION and your PAYMENT.