Bee School


About the School

Have you ever thought about keeping bees, but never knew where to begin? Are you a current beekeeper who wants to build general beekeeping skills? Do you have an interest in learning about this ancient and environmentally beneficial craft? If so, do we have an opportunity for you!

The Orange County Beekeepers Association is offering a 10-week Intensive Class in Beekeeping designed to prepare you to keep bees. Knowledgeable instructors will cover the history of beekeeping and getting started to seasonal management and the treatment of pests and diseases. At the end of the course, a hands-on beekeeping field day will be held where practices discussed in the classroom will be demonstrated. This course will focus on beekeeping using generally accepted practices with Langstroth style hives.

The class will meet from 7pm to 9pm each Tuesday evening for 10 weeks at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Hillsborough, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Hillsborough, 1710 Old NC 10, Hillsborough, NC. The first class will be held on January 17th and will begin at 7:00 pm. Sign-in and registration will begin at 6:30 pm.

January 17: Introduction to Beekeeping
January 24: Honey Bee Biology
January 31: Bees as Social Insects
February 7: Beekeeping Equipment
February 11: Saturday Morning Equipment Field Day
February 14: Getting Started
February 21: Varroa Mites
February 28: Diseases, Pests, and Treatments
March 7: Plants for Bees in NC
March 14: Products of and from the Hive
March 21: Seasonal Management/Review and Certification Exam
March 25: Saturday Field Day (weather permitting)
*The order of lectures and schedule may change to accommodate a speaker’s schedule or due to weather issues

Bee School is Full

Due to space restrictions, we are no longer accepting registrations for the OCBA Bee School. We work closely with the Person County Beekeepers Association. They are also hosting a bee school this year. You can learn more about it at their website, A listing of other courses in the area is available from the North Carolina State Beekeepers Association.