September 17, 2014

Bee Schools

Annual Bee Schools are sponsored by Local Chapters, Adult Education Programs,  and sometimes in cooperation with the County Extension Service.

These practical courses are a must for beginners and a great chance for intermediate-level beekeepers to update and refresh their skills.

It is important to be sure to sign up with the instructor who is right for you (find out by asking at local bee clubs).

2014-15 Maine Beekeeping Schools, Classes, Workshops and Seminars

J. Hildreth - President of the Cumberland County Beekeepers Association with a spectacular frame of honey

Jack Hildreth – Instructor

UMaine Extension Cumberland County Beekeeping Schools

2014 Fall: Beginner Beekeeping
Dates: Thursdays, October 16 to November 13
Location: UMaine Extension Cumberland Office, 75 Clearwater Drive, Falmouth, ME
Time: 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Workshop Fee: $100.00 per person
Instructors: Jack Hildreth and Chris Rogers
To register: Call 207.781.6099 or 1.800.287.1471 (in Maine)
Register Online

2015 Winter: Beginner Beekeeping
Dates: Thursdays, February 5 to March 5
Location: UMaine Extension Cumberland Office, 75 Clearwater Drive, Falmouth, ME
Time: 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Workshop Fee: $100.00 per person
Instructors: Jack Hildreth and Chris Rogers
To register: Call 207.781.6099 or 1.800.287.1471 (in Maine)
Register Online

Beginning Beekeeping Schools:
This is a great opportunity for new beekeepers, prior to their first year of bees, or it can be a great refresher course for beekeepers just now going into their first winter, and even those with a couple of years of experience who want to refresh their skills and knowledge. The Beginner Bee course consists of 5 sessions and will be taught by two Master Beekeepers. The fee covers the cost of the textbook and the beekeeper’s reference notebook.

Chris Rogers

Chris Rogers

2015 Winter: Intermediate Beekeeping
Dates: Tuesdays, January 6 to February 10
Location: UMaine Extension Cumberland Office, 75 Clearwater Drive, Falmouth, ME
Time: 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Instructors: Jack Hildreth and Peter Richardson
Workshop Fee: $140.00
To register: Call 207.781.6099 or 1.800.287.1471 (in Maine)
Register Online

Intermediate Beekeeping School — Apiary Management:
Apiary Management is geared towards beekeepers with two plus years of experience. The focus of this class is how to effectively manage an apiary under Maine conditions. It will include how to keep your colonies healthy and thriving, and how to meet the goals you have with your bees such as swarm prevention, honey production, colony maximization. This intermediate level class is focused on IPM strategies for keeping healthy colonies utilizing the honey bees own natural cycles as a guide.

Advanced Beekeeping Workshop:
Advanced Beekeeping School is designed for accomplished beekeepers with 5+ years of experience or those who have already taken Intermediate Beekeeping School. Completion of an Intermediate Bee School or instructor permission is a prerequisite for this course. This class discusses advanced topics such as backyard queen rearing, mating nuc management, advanced nuc management, advanced swarm management, live colony removal, managing multiple yards, and more). (This workshop is not being offered at the moment, but email lynne.b.hazelton@maine.edu if you have interest in future offerings.)

Honeybee Disease & Pest Management Workshop:
A comprehensive, two night class concentrating exclusively on honeybee diseases, pests, and their management. The focus of the workshop is on practical identification techniques and how to work with the bees to solve these issues and apply IPM management strategies. (This workshop is not being offered at the moment, but email lynne.b.hazelton@maine.edu if you have interest in future offerings.)

Email lynne.b.hazelton@maine.edu to be put on the Beekeeping Interest List. Partial scholarships may be available; please contact us at 207.781.6099 or 1.800.287.1471 (in Maine only).


York County Fall Beginner Bee School

Larry Peiffer

Larry Peiffer

Wednesdays, 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm, for five sessions starting on October 1, running through Oct. 29, 2014
Location: UMaine Extension, 21 Bradeen St. in Springvale.

Please see umaine.edu/york/programs/beginner-bee-school/ for complete details and to register via our online link. The cost is $90 per person, which includes textbooks, handouts, and a one-year membership in the York County Beekeepers Association. A discounted rate of $130 is available to a pair of participants who share the texts and other materials.

You may also call (207-324-2814) to enroll, or request a printed registration form to be sent to you. Feel free to call with any questions.


Bangor
Beginners Mondays Sept 8 – Sept 22 6:30-8:30pm 207-992-5523
https://bangor.coursestorm.com/searchResults?search=beekeeping

Newport
Beginners Tuesdays Sept 9 – Sept 23 6:30-8:30pm 207-368-3290
https://rsu19.coursestorm.com/searchResults?search=beekeeping

Bucksport
Beginners Wednesdays Sept 10 – Sept 24 6:00-8:00pm
https://rsu25.coursestorm.com/searchResults?search=beekeeping&x=34&y=17
phone 469-2129.

Bangor
Intermediate Mondays October 20 – Nov 3 6:30 – 8:30pm 207-992-5523
https://bangor.coursestorm.com/searchResults?search=beekeeping

Hampden
Beginners Tuesdays Oct 21 – Nov 4 6:30 – 8:30pm (207) 866-4119
https://orono-hampden.coursestorm.com/searchResults?search=beekeeping

Mount Desert Island
Beginners Wednesdays October 22 – November 5 6:30 – 8:30pm (207) 288-4703  https://mdi.coursestorm.com/searchResults?search=beekeeping


Courses at The Honey Exchange in Portland

For more information:
http://thehoneyexchange.com/pages/classes-and-events


 

Classes and Workshops at Bee Pride in Lebanon

For more information:
http://beepride.com/classes/


 

Classes and Workshops in Top Bar Hive Beekeeping

For more information:
goldstarhoneybees.com

 

EAS Master Beekeepers Certification Program

The purpose of the Master Beekeeper certification program is to identify and certify people who have a detailed knowledge of honey bee biology, expertise in the proper practices of beekeeping, and can present this information to the beekeeping and non-beekeeping public in a detailed, accurate, clear and authoritative manner. The goal of this program is to certify that those who are awarded the Master Beekeepers Certificate are competent at a college level in the four areas where they are tested.

The certification program will be conducted in conjunction with the annual EAS Conference. Certification will be coordinated by personnel who are designated by the Master Beekeeper Organization. More information »

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