2020 Bee School

OCBA’s 2020 Beekeeping Class Enrollment is Now Open

 

Waiting for the smoke to settle the bees

 

About the School

Are you interested in beekeeping but don’t know where to begin? Are you a beekeeper who is interested in improving your beekeeping skills? Whatever your level of interest, Orange County Beekeepers Association’s Bee School is here for you!

Knowledgeable, highly-experienced instructors cover the biology of beekeeping, essential beekeeping skills, monitoring and treatment of pests and diseases, seasonal hive management and other relevant topics. This course focuses on beekeeping using generally accepted beekeeping practices using traditional Langstroth style beehives. At the end of the course, you will be prepared to begin beekeeping.

The course includes a workshop session and a field day. The first teaches participants how to assemble hive components. A second hands-on, in-hive field day demonstrates beekeeping skills that were discussed in the classroom. In addition, bee school graduates have the opportunity to participate in neighborhood-based, year-long mentoring groups that are specifically designed to reinforce the skills and knowledge gained in the classroom.

OCBA’s Bee School has been fully enrolled every year for the past several years. Enrollment is limited to 75 participants and classes fill up quickly. Classes are approximately 2 hours long.

IMPORTANT NOTE: REGISTRATION IS NOT COMPLETE UNTIL PAYMENT IS RECEIVED BY THE OCBA. DUE TO THE FACT THAT WE SELL OUT EVERY YEAR, ENROLMENT FEES ARE NOT REFUNDABLE. However you may transfer a paid enrolment to someone else for this year’s school.

OCBA BEE SCHOOL CLASS SCHEDULE*

Tuesday nights, January 21, 2020 to March 24, 7:00 – 9:00 PM
1710 Old NC 10, Hillsborough, NC

  1. Introduction to Beekeeping
  2. Honeybee Biology
  3. Bees as Social Insects
  4. Beekeeping Equipment
  5. Getting Started
  6. Varroa Mites
  7. Diseases and Pests
  8. Plants for Bees in NC
  9. Products of the Hive
  10. Seasonal Management/ Review and Certification Exam

 

SPECIAL FIELD DAY EVENTS FOR BEE SCHOOL PARTICIPANTS

    1. Workshop Equipment Building
    2. Apiary Field Day Weather Permitting

 
Cost: $95 for an individual (includes one textbook)
          $150 for a couple (any two people who sign up together and share one textbook)

Questions? Contact OrangeBeeClass@gmail.com
*Note: The order of lectures is subject to change.