Annual bee schools are conducted by local chapters, adult education programs, beekeeping supply businesses and in cooperation with county extension offices. These practical courses are a must for beginners and a great chance for intermediate level beekeepers to update and refresh their skills. Curriculums and teaching styles may differ so it may be helpful to contact individual programs for details.

The following link provides listings in PDF format; more information may be added to this page as it becomes available.

2020 Bee Schools PDF

Additional Bee Schools Not Listed on PDF:

Beginner Beekeeping Course
University of Maine Cooperative Extension in York County
Downs Conference Room, 15 Oak Street, Springvale

University of Maine Cooperative Extension in York County and MSBA announce registration is now open for their  Beginner Bee School, Thursdays, February 13 through March 12, 6:00-8:30 p.m. 

$95 per person, $140 for two people who share materials. Includes one-year membership in the York County Beekeepers Association.

Course taught by Larry Peiffer, EAS Master Beekeeper, will discuss honey bee colonies, hive construction, pests and diseases, honey production and seasonal management of the hive. Participants may also observe area hives and gain hands-on experience during a field lab at a later date.

Find more information and register online at   or contact the UMaine Extension York County office, 800.287.1535 (in state), 207.324.2814,