UMaine Extension York County Bee Schools – Spring 2012

York Beekeeping Schools

York County Beginner Bee School Fall 2012

In the beginner level course, instructors from the Maine State Beekeepers Association and the York County Beekeepers Association will cover such topics as the Honey Bee Colony, Constructing Hives, Pests and Disease, Medication, Honey Production and sustainability of a honey bee colony.

Where: Downstairs Classroom in the Anderson Learning Center, 21 Bradeen Street, Springvale, ME
When: Tuesdays, 6:00 to 8:30 PM, October 16 – November 13
Course Fee: $90 – includes beginning beekeeping textbooks, other materials, and a 1-year membership in the York County Beekeepers Association. A reduced fee of $50 applies to one of a pair of students who choose to share the text and materials ($140/pair).
Pre-Registration: is required by October 4. Please use registration form on page 2, or if you are charging your fee, you may register by phone. Space is limited: first come, first served.
York Beekeepers Fall 2012 Course Registration Document (PDF)

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Intermediate Bee School

Larry Peiffer, Vice President, Maine State Beekeepers Association teaching "Bee School"

There is a proposed Intermediate Course intended to be taught in the Spring of 2013. Below are some of the subjects covered and contact information for when it gets started.  Master Beekeeper, Larry Peiffer, will be teaching the Intermediate level course, for those with at least one year of beekeeping experience.  It will Highlight such Topics as Honey Bee Anatomy, Biology and Communication, Foraging and Botany, Problems of the Hive, Nucs, Splits, Mating and Rearing Queens, and Hive

Manipulations.  Students will also have the opportunity to visit local hives for observation and hands-on experience.  This will be a day of hive work solely for this class.


Both courses are co-sponsored by University of Maine Extension and the 
Maine State Beekeepers Association. Any person with a disability who needs 
accommodations for the program should contact Frank Wertheim at 800-287-1535 
to discuss their needs at least 7 days in advance.


To receive more details, please contact the York County office of UMaine Extension at 1-800-287-1535 (in state) or 207-324-2814 or

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