March 27, 2015

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).

2015 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

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 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 if you have interest in future offerings.)

Email 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).

Honey Bee Microscopy - image from:

Honey Bee Microscopy – image from:

Honeybee Microscopy Classes – Disease Diagnosis:

Some bee diseases can only be positively diagnosed with the aid of a microscope. This class will focus on how Acarine and Nosema affect colony health. You will be taught laboratory skills that will enable you to make positive diagnoses with discussions on timely and appropriate treatments. There is a limited amount of microscopes are available to rent.

Class Limit: 12 people
Cost: $100
Date/Time: March 28, 10 AM- 4 PM


Location: University of Maine Cooperative Extension 75 Clearwater Dr., Ste.104, Falmouth, ME
Contact:  Karen at or 207-329-9934

Western Maine


2015 Winter: Beginner Beekeeping
Dates: January 21, 2015 – April 8, 2015
Location: Region 9 School, 377 River Road (Route 2), Mexico
Time: 6:30 PM – 8:45 PM
Class Fee: $40.00 per person (includes textbook)
Instructors: Carol Cottrill and members of Western Maine Beekeepers Association
To register: No pre-registration required. Registration at 6:00 pm Wednesday January 21, 2015 at Region 9 School.
For more information:


York County Beginner Bee School

Larry Peiffer

Larry Peiffer

5-Week Beginner Bee School – York County UMaine Extension
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, who has over 7 years of experience teaching beginner and advanced beekeeping courses in southern Maine.

Where: Nasson Heritage room, Anderson Learning Center, 21 Bradeen Street, Springvale, ME

When: Thursdays, 6:00 to 8:30 PM, February 19 – March 19, 2015

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 the second of a pair of students who choose to share the text and materials ($140/pair).

Register online:

Pre-registration is required by February 12, 2015.

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
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.

Hancock County – Ellsworth

2015 Winter: Beginner Beekeeping
Dates: Mondays, February 23, 2015 – April 13, 2015
Location: UMaine Cooperative Extension Office, 63 Boggy Brook Road, Ellsworth
Time: 6:30 P.M.
Class Fee: $60.00 per person (includes textbook)
Instructors: Andrew Dewey, Master Beekeeper
To register: Contact the UMaine Cooperative Extension Office at Hancock County 207.667.8212 or e-mail: or download Beekeeping Registration/Brochure 2015 (word doc)
For more information:

Beekeeping Classes by Peter Cowin 2015

Bucksport  Beginners Wednesdays Jan 21, 28 Feb 4 call 207-469-2129

Bangor Beginners Monday Jan 26 Feb 2, 9 call 207 992-5522

Ellsworth  Beginners Tuesdays Jan 27, Feb 3, 10  207.664.7110

Hampden Beginners Mondays Feb 23, Mar 2, 9 call 207 862 6422

Newport Beginners Tuesdays Feb 24, Mar 3, 10 call 207-368-3290

Bucksport  Intermediate Wednesdays Feb 25, Mar 4, 11 call 207-469-2129

Howland Beginners  Mondays Mar 30, April 6, 13 207-732-8361

Ellsworth  Intermediate Tuesdays Mar 31, April 7, 14  207.664.7110

Sullivan  Beginners   Wednesdays  March 25, April 1 and 8 422-4794

Bangor   Intermediate Monday April 27, May 4, 11 call 207 992-5522

Newport  Intermediate Tuesdays April 28, May 5, 12 call 207-368-3290

Orono  Beginners Wednesdays April29, May 6, 13 207-866-4119

Pittsfield  Beginners Mondays May 18, June 5, 12 207-487-5145

Belfast  Beginners Tuesdays May 19, 26 June 2 207-338-3197

Hampden  Intermediate  Wednesdays  May 20, 27 June 3 call 207 862 6422


Courses at The Honey Exchange in Portland

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Classes and Workshops at Bee Pride in Lebanon

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Classes at Spicer Bees in Whitefield

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Classes and Workshops in Top Bar Hive Beekeeping

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Cooper Charolais Farm and Apiary

2015 Beginning Beekeeping School
Instructor: Mark Cooper EAS Certified Master Beekeeper

An introductory course for those interested in getting started
keeping honey bees and also those who have kept bees for one or two
years. Covers all the basics to get off to a good start keeping bees
and maintaining them. Also covers diseases and issues honey bees have
suffered from over the past 20 years. This course is designed to have
as much hands on opportunities in class as possible. One handbook will
be provided.

The class will be a small group setting in our shop with the plan to
provide one on one teaching and ample opportunity to get your
questions answered. we will be utilizing our observation hive in class
as well. Class size will be limited.

Fees $75.00 per person or $100.00 per couple with 1 handbook.

Classes start Wed Jan 28th 6;30-8:30 pm for 5 weeks and 1 day in the
bee yard in the spring.

42 Montgomery rd
Windham, ME 04062

Contact Mark Cooper for more info 232-5842 or email

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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