Bee School 2015

Applications for Bee School are no longer being accepted.

Please do not email or call about bee school. I wish that we could allow everyone in but the room has a limit and we are at that limit which is 125 people. We have 120 people signed up for bee school and there are 5+ instructors/helpers that will be attending as well. It is for everyone’s safety. If you are still interested in taking bee school, please check with the other county bee clubs.

Is Bee School for you?

If you are thinking about becoming a beekeeper, there are many things to learn before embarking on this wonderful adventure. Our bee school is a combination of hands-on demonstrations and lecture-led discussions that will teach you everything you need to know to get started on this fascinating hobby.

Over the course of nine weeks, students will learn from more experienced beekeepers. The course covers bee equipment, bee biology and anatomy, starting your first hive, products of the hive and many other bee related subjects. In addition, you will get to watch a variety of movies on beekeeping and honeybee.

Bee School is perfect for people who are interested in bees and beekeeping. This is the course that will help you decide whether beekeeping is right for you.

Bee School Information and Schedule

Classes will start the first week of February and continuing through the second week of April. There will be nine classes. Classes are held on Tuesday, starting 7 p.m. and ending between 9 p.m. an 9:30 pm at the Norfolk Agricultural High School cafeteria. We will have one final class that will be a field demonstration (depending on weather and arrival of the packages of bees). Class dates are: February 3, 10, and 24; March 3, 10, 17, and 24; and April 7, and 14.

Cost of Bee School and Registering

The cost of bee school is $50.00 per person and $10 for each additional family member. We produced our own course manual for this year. The manual is free with a limit of one per family. If you wish to buy an extra one, they are $5 each. The additional benefits of bee school is that you get additional materials, beekeeping catalogs, supplemental handouts, sign up for a mentor, and a one-year membership in the club. For additional information please contact Tony Lulek, NCBA Bee School Director at 508-893-7970. Download the Registration Form

Bee School Recommended Reading List

We have generated a list of the best beekeeping books as recommended by current bee school teachers. Our suggestion is that you get some of these books from your local library before buying. Please download the Recommended Reading List (Complete with contact information)

THE INFORMATION BELOW IS FROM THE 2015 CLASS. PLEASE FEEL FREE TO DOWNLOAD ANY OF THIS INFORMATION.

Bee School Presentations

Session 1

Here is a PDF of the “Presentation Handout” given on the first night. Presentation Hand Out 3-up slides
Here is a PDF of the “Presentation - 1up slides” given on the first night. Presentation 1-up slides
Here is a PDF of the “History Presentation” given in 2013. History
Here is a PDF of the “History Presentation”. History
Here is a PDF of the “Equipment List using 2 Deep Hive Boxes for Brood”. Equipment List 2 Deep Boxes
Here is a PDF of the “Equipment List using 3 Medium Hive Boxes for Brood”. Equipment List 3 Medium Boxes
Here is a PDF of the “Clothing & Tools”. Clothing & Tools
Here is the PDF of the 2015 “NCBA Bee Package Order Form”. NCBA Order Form
Here is the PDF of the “Session 1 Test”. Session 1 Test
Here is the PDF of First Session Test answers. Session 1 “Test Answers”

Session 2

Here is the PDF of the Honeybee Anatomy and Biology. Bee Anatomy and Biology
Here is the PDF of the Honeybee Diseases and Pests. Honeybee Diseases and Pests
Here is the PDF of the Session 2 Test. Session 2 Test
Here is the PDF of First Session Test answers to come after the test is reviewed.

Session 3

Here is the PDF of the Apiary Site Selection Image. Apiary Site Selection Image
Here is the PDF of the Apiary Site Selection. Apiary Site Selection

Session 4

Here is the PDF of the Installing a Nuc. Installing a Nuc
Here is the PDF of the Installing a Package. Installing a Package
Here is the PDF of the Hive Manipulation and Inspection. Hive Manipulation and Inspection
Here is the PDF of link to the package installation videos. Package Installation Videos
Here is the PDF of the Spring Summer Timeline. Spring Summer Timeline
Here is the PDF of the test for Session 4. Session 4 TEST
ANSWERS

Session 5

Here is the PDF of the Session 5 PDF Presentation. Session 5 Presentation
Here is the PDF of the Session 5 PDF Printout. Session 5 Printouts
Here is the PDF of the Session 5 PDF Everett’s Presentation. Session 5 Everett’s Presentation
Here is the PDF of the Session 5 TEST. Session 5 TEST
Here is the PDF of the Session 5 TEST answers. Session 5 TEST ANSWERS

Session 6

Here is the PDF of the Session 6 PDF Presentation. Session 6 Presentation

Session 8

Here is the PDF of the Session 8 PDF Presentation Pollen/Nectar. Session 8 Presentation