April 19, 2018

Bee Schools

bee on sunflower

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).

Winter/Spring Maine Beekeeping Schools, Classes, Workshops and Seminars

Washington County Beginning Beekeeping Schools

Beginning Beekeeping in Calais

Where: Washington County Community College, 1 College Drive, Calais
When: 6:30-8:30 p.m., Tuesdays, January 23 – February 20, 2018
Instructor: Andrew Dewey, Master Beekeeper
Fee: $60/person, per couple if willing to share materials. Includes Bee-sentials: A Field Guide by
Lawrence J. Connor with Robert G. Muir.
Register online by January 19 (extension.umaine.edu/washington)
FMI: 800.287.1542, (in Maine) 207.255.3345, or email tara.a.wood@maine.edu
Enrollment is limited to 25.
Topics include the honeybee colony, hive construction, seasonal management, pests and diseases, and
honey production. Participants will visit a local hive for observation and hands-on experience in late
spring. Class graduates will become members of the Washington County chapter of the Maine State
Beekeepers Association.

Beginning Beekeeping in Machias

What: Beginning Beekeeping
Where: University of Maine, 102 Science Building, Machias
When: 7-9 p.m., Wednesdays, January 24 – February 21, 2018
Instructor: Andrew Dewey, Master Beekeeper
Fee: $60/person, per couple if willing to share materials. Includes Bee-sentials: A Field Guide by
Lawrence J. Connor with Robert G. Muir.
Register online by January 19 (extension.umaine.edu/washington)
FMI: 800.287.1542, (in Maine) 207.255.3345, or email tara.a.wood@maine.edu
Enrollment is limited to 25.
Topics include the honeybee colony, hive construction, seasonal management, pests and diseases, and
honey production. Participants will visit a local hive for observation and hands-on experience in late
spring. Class graduates will become members of the Washington County chapter of the Maine State
Beekeepers Association.

York County Beginning Beekeeping School

5-Week Beginner Bee School – Winter 2018

Participants in this 5-week introductory beekeeping course will learn about

  • the honey bee colony;
  • constructing hives;
  • spring, summer and fall management;
  • honey production;
  • wintering hives;
  • identification and control of brood diseases; and
  • parasites and predators.

Through the York County Beekeepers Association, students will also have the opportunity to visit local hives for observation and hands-on experience. Beginner Bee School instructor is Larry Peiffer, Master Beekeeper and former Vice President of the Maine State Beekeepers Association.

Where: Nasson Heritage room, basement level in the Anderson Learning Center, 21 Bradeen Street, Springvale, ME  04083

When:  Thursdays, 6:00 to 8:30 pmstarting February 22, 2018

Course Fee: $95 – includes beginning beekeeping textbooks, other materials, and a 1-year membership in the York County Beekeepers Association. A reduced fee of $45 applies to one of a pair of students who choose to share the text and materials ($140/pair).

Register Here

Sponsored by the Maine State Beekeepers Association and University of Maine Cooperative Extension York County.

For more information, contact UMaine Extension in York County at 1.800.287.1535 (in Maine), 207.324.2814 or (TDD) 1.800.287.8957 or e-mail rebecca.gowdy@maine.edu. If you are a person with a disability and need an accommodation to participate in this program, please call Frank Wertheim at 800.287.1535 to discuss your needs. Receiving requests for accommodations at least 7 days before the program provides a reasonable amount of time to meet the request; however, all requests will be considered.

York County Intermediate Beekeeping classes

Intermediate Level Beekeeping courses  are now scheduled at UMaine Extension in York County. Four  “short courses” are being offered, each consisting of two evening sessions, each focused on a different topic of interest. Pick and choose!

For a full overview you can visit the York County Beekeeping at UMaine Extension page or see details of each course below.Honey Bee Pests and Diseases, Wednesday evenings, March 14 & March 21, 2018. We’ll discuss the major pest and disease threats to honey bee colonies, and their management; consider pesticides threats to honey bees; and demonstrate the detection of diseases and pests under the microscope.

Honey Bees: Queens & Nucs, Wednesday evenings, March 28 & April 4, 2018
A comprehensive lesson on queens, their purpose, their vulnerabilities, different methods of rearing your own queens and making nucleus hives.
Honey Bees: Swarm Management, Thursday evenings, April 5 & April 12, 2018
This class will cover: why honey bees swarm, how to prevent swarming, recognizing pre-swarm situations, and how to catch swarms.
Honey Bee Diet, Wednesday evenings, April 11 & April 18, 2018
There are many different types of supplemental feed for honey bees.  We need to know When to use it, Why we use it and and How to make it.  This class will fill that need.

 


Cumberland County Beekeeping Classes

Beekeeping: Queens & Nucs (Intermediate Level)

Date: Tuesdays, February 13th and 20th
Time: 6-8:30pm
Location: UMaine Regional Learning Center, Falmouth, ME
Fee: $35 per person
Registration: Online
Instructors: Master Beekeeper Erin MacGregor Forbes

This five hour class will cover the basics of starting your own sustainable apiary program through queen rearing and nucleus colony management.  Designed for the small scale “back yard” beekeeper, students will learn how to raise and handle queens and how to move from queen rearing into nucleus colony creation and management.

Beginner Beekeeping

Date: Wednesdays, February 14th, 21st, 28th, and March 7th & 14th
Time: 6-8pm
Location: UMaine Regional Learning Center, Falmouth, ME
Textbook: The Beekeeper’s Handbook, Fourth Edition (included in registration fee)
Fee: $100 per person
Registration: Online
Instructors: Master Beekeepers Jacky Hildreth and Peggy McLaughlin

This 5 session course 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.

Beekeeping: Swarm Management (Intermediate Level)

Date: Tuesdays, March 6th and 13th
Time: 6-8:30pm
Location: UMaine Regional Learning Center, Falmouth, ME
Fee: $35 per person
Registration: Online
Instructors: Master Beekeeper Erin MacGregor Forbes

This five hour class will cover swarming in-depth.  We will cover swarm biology and behavior, how to prevent and manage swarming in your colonies, how to use Swarm Traps and swarm lures, and swarm retrieval.


Tri-County Beekeepers Beginning Bee School 2018

Larry Peiffer

Larry Peiffer

The Beginning Bee School for 2018 is scheduled to start in January.  Dates for the Bee School are January 24, February 3, 10 and 17.  The school is being taught at the Blue Hill Library, Howard Room from 10:00 am -12:00 pm. FMI: Sandra Beske attricountybeekeepers@yahoo.com

·  January 24th – Introduction to the Honey Bee and the Colony – taught by Sandra Beske

·  February 3rd – Equipment- taught by Bill Hodges

·  February 10th – Seasonal Management – taught by Sandra Beske

·  February 17th – Diseases of the Honey Bee – taught by Jennifer Lund

 


Beekeeping Classes at Backwoods Bee Farm

Beginner Bee School – Thursday Session 5 weeks
Dates: February 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd & March 1st
Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: Backwoods Bee Farm 106 Page Road, Windham, Maine
Instructor: Master Beekeeper Chris Rogers
Fee: $75.00 / person includes textbook – or – $125.00 / couple sharing 1 textbook
Registration: Call Backwoods Bee Farm (207) 893-2847 Class limit 15 people

Beginner Bee School – Saturday Session 3 weeks
?Dates: February 10th, 17th & 24th
Time: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: Backwoods Bee Farm 106 Page Road, Windham, Maine
Instructor: Master Beekeeper Chris Rogers
Fee: $75.00 / person includes textbook – or – $125.00 / couple sharing 1 textbook
Registration: Call Backwoods Bee Farm (207) 893-2847 Class limit 15 people

Sustainable Beekeeping – Saturday Session 2 weeks
Dates: January 13th & 20th
Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: Backwoods Bee Farm 106 Page Road, Windham, Maine
Instructor: Master Beekeeper Chris Rogers
Fee: $50.00 / person includes textbook
Registration: Call Backwoods Bee Farm (207) 893-2847 Class limit 15 people

Intermediate Bee School – Tuesday Session 4 weeks
Dates: March 6th, 13th, 20th & 27th
Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: Backwoods Bee Farm 106 Page Road, Windham, Maine
Instructor: Master Beekeeper Chris Rogers
Fee: $75.00 / person includes textbook
Registration: Call Backwoods Bee Farm (207) 893-2847 Class limit 15 people


Beekeeping Classes at Cooper Charolais Farm and Apiary

All classes meet in the Bee Shop
FMI: Mark Cooper 232-5842 or gmcooper@aol.com
Beginner Bee School
(for new, 1st-year, and 2nd-year beekeepers)
Thursdays, January 18February 1, 8, 15, 22

6:30-8:30 pm

$75/person; $125/couple
Intermediate Bee School
(for beekeepers with a couple of years experience)
Mondays, January 22, 29, February 5, 12, 19, 26
6:30-8:30 pm
$75/person; $125/couple

Beekeeping Classes at The Honey Exchange

Beginner Beekeeping is a five week course that takes absolute beginners from setting up a new
hive, managing it throughout the season, getting ready for winter, and planning for the
following spring. The class has a special focus on urban, suburban, and chemical-free
beekeeping.
Fee: $125 includes textbook “The Backyard Beekeeper” (Flottum).  Class size limited to 14.
Instructor:  Phil Gaven, Master Beekeeper
FMI: 207-773- 9333 or thehoneyexchange.com/pages/classes-and- events

Session 1B – Thursday evenings 6:00-8:00pm
January 11, 18, 25, February 1, 8
(Snow day make up February 15th, if required)
Session 1C – Saturday mornings 10:30-12:30pm
January 13, 20, 27, February 3, 10
(Snow day make up February 17th, if required)
Session 2A – Tuesday evenings 6:00-8:00pm
February 20, 27, March 6, 13, 20
(Snow day make up March 27th, if required)
Session 2B – Thursday evenings 6:00-8:00pm
February 22, March 1, 8, 15, 22
(Snow day make up March 29th, if required)
Session 2C – Saturday mornings 10:30-12:30pm
February 24, March 3, 10, 17, 24
(Snow day make up March 31st, if required)

 

Sophomore Beekeeping with Geoff MacLean:
Sophomore Beekeeping is a five week course intended for novice beekeepers with at least one
season with a hive of their own.  Expanding on the beginner’s curriculum, the focus of the
course is to move toward a sustainable apiary with emphasis on swarm prevention, nucleus
colony and honey production, and a closer look at disease control.
Fee: $125 includes textbook “Bee-ssentials” (Connor).  Class size limited to 14.
Instructor:  Geoff Maclean of Red Brook Honey
FMI: 207-773- 9333 or thehoneyexchange.com/pages/classes-and- events

Session I – Wednesday evenings 6:00-8:00pm
January 10, 17, 24, 31, February 7
(Snow day make up February 14th, if required)
Session II – Wednesday evenings 6:00-8:00pm
February 21, 28, March 7, 14, 21
(Snow day make up March 28th, if required)

 


Beekeeping Classes at Bee Pride in York County

119 Lizotte Rd, Lebanon, ME 207-457- 2337 beepride.com
FMI: Peggy Pride – peggy@beepride.com
Instructor: Brian Pride, Master Beekeeper

Beginner Beekeeping Classes 5 weeks Saturdays or Tuesdays

1) Starting Saturday January 20th 2:30-5:00 pm
2) Starting Saturday February 24 th 2:30-5:00 pm
3) Starting Tuesdays March 27 th 6:30-9:00 pm
4) Starting Saturdays March 31 st 6:00-8:30 pm

Advanced Beginner Classes (for 2nd year beekeepers) 3 weeks

Starting Saturdays March 10 6:30-8:30 pm

Intermediate Beekeeping (for 3rd year & up beekeepers) 3 weeks

Starting Saturdays April 7 th 2:30-4:30


Beekeeping Classes by Peter Cowin, The Bee Whisperer

Peter can be found on facebook “The Bee Whisperer” or www.beewhisperer.us and can be contacted at petercowin@tds.net
Phone: 207 299 6948 Address: 236 Main Road South Hampden, ME 04444

Adult Ed classes

Most are 3 classes of 2 hours each on weekday evenings; some are a bit shorter
or are a Saturday. Prices range from about $39 to $49. To book one of these classes contact the
appropriate Adult Ed. office.

Beekeeping for beginners – This class is designed to stimulate the interest in and answer the
questions of those interested in starting beekeeping as a hobby, to help pollinate their crops or
generally learn more about honeybee husbandry. It covers what is needed where to locate bee
hives, where to buy them, what it costs, harvesting your own honey and how to care for bees so
they survive the winter.

Intermediate beekeeping – is designed to look in more detail at key aspects of beekeeping
particularly helpful to those who wish to run several hives and get the most out of them. The
course is a good follow-on from the Beginners course. Building up hive strength, swarm
prevention, splitting hives, making nucs, disease prevention, feral colony relocation and honey
production are all covered.

Classes at The Bee Whisperer’s premises

To book a place call 207 299 6948.
Build a beehive day, is a one day class designed for those who plan to assemble their own hives
from parts purchased at the Bee Whisperer’s store. Class will be at 236 Main Road South,
Hampden ME 04444, starting at 8am, finish at about 12pm. We will go through some basics in hive
parts, design and where to locate them. There will be a demonstration of hive assembly then
students will build their own hives to take home ready to paint and add bees. Coffee break
included. $40
One day Open Hive Beginners Class Is a one day class designed for those planning or considering
starting to keep honeybees. Class will be at 236 Main Road South, Hampden ME 04444, starting at
8 am and finish at about 2:30pm. The class will entail 4 hours in the class room learning basic
equipment, husbandry, where to locate hives and how to care for the bees, harvesting your own
honey and to get them through their first winter. Please bring a bag lunch, refreshments provided.
Weather permitting, students will open hives in the afternoon and see everything alive and
buzzing. Protective equipment provided for the day if needed, please come wearing long pants,
sleeves and closed toes footwear. A full range of equipment will be available for sale so you can be
prepared to order bees and start beekeeping! $75.

One day Open Hive Intermediate Class Is a one day class designed to look in more detail at key
aspects of beekeeping. Class will be at 236 Main Road South, starting at 8 am and finish at about
2pm. It will be particularly helpful to those who wish to run several hives and get the most out of
them. The course is a good follow-on from the Beginners course. Building up hive strength, swarm
prevention, splitting hives, making nucs, disease prevention, feral colony relocation and honey
production are all covered. Please bring a bag lunch, refreshments provided. Weather permitting
some of the above will be demonstrated on live hives in the afternoon. Protective equipment
provided for the day if needed, please come wearing long pants, sleeves and closed toes footwear.
$75.
Three evening Beginners Class Is designed for those planning or considering starting to keep
honeybees. Class will be at 236 Main Road South, Hampden ME 04444, over three weekday
evenings, starting at 6pm and finish at about 8pm. Each class will entail 2 hours in the class room
learning basic equipment, husbandry, where to locate hives and how to care for the bees,
harvesting your own honey and to get them through their first winter. There will be time after
class to order or purchase equipment if required. $45

2018 Class Schedule

Bangor Beginners Wednesdays Jan 31, Feb 7 and 14, 6:30 to 8:30pm, call 207 992-5522
www.bangoradulted.org
Newport Beginners Mondays Mar 5, 12 and 19, 6:30 to 8:30pm, call 207 368 3290
www.rsu19.maineadulted.org
Sullivan Beginners Mondays, March 26 and April 2 , 6:00 to 8:30pm, call 422-4794
https://rsu24.coursestorm.com/course/beekeeping-for- beginners1?search=beekeeping
Ellsworth Beginners Tuesdays Mar 27, April 3and10, 6:30 to 8:30pm, call 207.664.7110
ellsworth.maineadulted.org
Bangor Intermediate Wednesdays March 28, April 4 and 11, 6:30 to 8:30pm, call 207 992-5522
www.bangoradulted.org
Readfield Beginners April 7, 8am to 1pm, call 207 685 4923 x 1065
https://maranacook.coursestorm.com/category/general-enrichment?page=2
Hampden ONE DAY Build a Hive Day Sunday April 8 8am to noon, call 207 299 6948
Hampden Beginners ONE DAY HANDS ON CLASS Saturday, April 14, 8am to 2:30pm call 207 299
6948
Hampden Beginners April 23, 24 and 25, 6pm to 8pm, call 207 299 6948
Presque Isle Beginners May 5 9am to 2pm, call 207-764- 4776 http://msad1.maineadulted.org/

Ellsworth Intermediate Tuesdays, May 15, 22 and 29, 6:30 to 8:30pm, call 207.664.7110
ellsworth.maineadulted.org
Readfield Intermediate May 19, 8am to 1pm , call 207 685 4923 x 1065
https://maranacook.coursestorm.com/category/general-enrichment?page=2
Hampden Beginners ONE DAY HANDS ON CLASS Saturday, June 2, 8am to 2:30pm call 207 299
6948
Hampden Intermediate ONE DAY HANDS ON CLASS Saturday, June 16, 8am to 2:00pm call 207
299 6948
Presque Isle Intermediate June 9 9am to 2pm, call 207-764- 4776
http://msad1.maineadulted.org/

 


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

Jack Hildreth – Instructor

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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