Bee School 2017

Bee School for 2017 is full and the club is no longer accepting applications.

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 ten 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, bee friendly vegetation, 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.

Every year Bee School fills to capacity with a limit of 100 students in the class. Bee School registration begins on September 1st for the following winter classes. It is advisable for those wanting to be enrolled in Bee School that you get your form in as soon as you can. When the limit of 100 students is reached those forms received after this will be put in a waiting list.

Bee School Information and Schedule

Classes will start the last week of January and continuing through the second week of April. There will be ten classes. Classes are held on Tuesday, starting 7 p.m. and ending between 9 p.m. - 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: January 31; February 7, 14, and 28; March 7, 14, 21,and 28; and April 4, and 11. Bee School Schedule 2017.

Cost of Bee School and Registering

The cost of bee school is $50.00 per person and $10 for only one additional family member. We produced our own course manual for this year. The manual is free with a limit of one per family. 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 the Bee School Administrative Director, Dana Wilson, at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). To down load the registration form click here: Download the Registration Form

Suggested 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 FOR THE 2017 CLASS. PLEASE FEEL FREE TO DOWNLOAD ANY OF THIS INFORMATION.

2017 Bee School Schedule: Dates, Location, Topics

Here is the link to the 2017 Bee School Schedule of classes  Bee School Schedule 2017.

Bee School Presentations

Session 1

Here is a PDF of the presentation given on the first night. First night presentation.
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 Equipment Review. Equipment Review
Here is the PDF of the Session 2 Test on Bee Biology. Session 2 Test
Here is the PDF of Session 2 Test answers on Bee Biology. Session 2 Test answers

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
Here is the PDF of the Installing a Package. Installing a Package
Here is the PDF of the Installing a Nuc. Installing a Nuc
Here is the PDF of link to the package installation videos. Package Installation Videos

Session 4

Here are the talking point of Hive Checks and Inspection presentation (2016). Hive Checks & Inspection
Here are the talking point of Diseases & Pests presentation (2017). Diseases & Pests
Here is the file on “Brood Growth” (class 2016). Brood Growth
Here is the PDF of the test for Session 4. Session 4 TEST
ANSWERS

Session 5

Here is the PDF of the Spring Summer Management Timeline Sheet (2015). Spring Summer Management Timeline Sheet (2015)
Here is the PDF of the Spring Management Presentation. Spring Management
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 Swarm Control Preparations. Swarm Control

Session 7

Here is the PDF of the Fall/Winter Management Presentation. Fall/Winter Management
Here is the PDF of the Mentor Guidelines. Mentor Guidelines

Session 8

Here is the PDF of the Extraction Presentation. Extraction

Session 9

Here is the PDF of the Pollen/Nectar Presentation. Pollen/Nector
Here is the PDF of the Plant List. Plant List

Session 10

Here is the PDF of the Final Test (2015). Final Test(2015)