Bee School 2015

Is Bee School for you?

If you are thinking about becoming an 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 beekeeping history, 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 approximately 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. This is free to 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 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 2014 CLASS. PLEASE FEE FREE TO DOWNLOAD ANY OF THIS INFORMATION. WE HAVE UPDATED MATERIALS BEFORE CLASS AND ALL MATERIALS WILL BE POSTED SCHOOL STARTS EXCEPT FOR THE ANSWERS TO TEST

Bee School Presentations

Session 1

Here is the course outline for the 2014 Beekeeping School at Norfolk County Beekeeping Association. Course Outline
Here is the PDF of the History Presentation. History
Here is the PDF of the NCBA Course Book. NCBA Course Book
Here is the PDF of the 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