Maine State Beekeepers Association

Bee Schools

Stay tuned..we will begin posting a list of Maine Bee Schools soon.

Acquiring some basic but essential skills is critical to becoming a successful beekeeper. “Bee School” will  get you off to a great start. Classes usually run in varying lengths in January through April, all over the state. They 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. There are many helpful online courses and YouTube videos but they are not an adequate substitute for in-person classes. Always keep in mind that beekeeping management must be geared to local climate conditions. 

Free Online Courses

(As a supplement to Bee Schools)

Ohio State Beekeepers Association
“An Introductory Beekeeping Training Program” consisting of short videos.

National Cooperative Extension Resource
First Lessons in Beekeeping: Honey Bee Biology
Basic Beekeeping Techniques

Scientific Beekeeping
First Year Beekeeping is presented by biologist and commercial beekeeper Randy Oliver.

SCBA Bee School