Bee School 2020
Registration for Bee School 2020 will begin on September 1, 2019. The registration form will be available in August. The dates for 2020 classes are listed below.
If you are interested in learning about or becoming a beekeeper make sure you register early. Applications for Bee School are accepted until the class fills which in years past has been mid December.
Download the Registration Form
Suggested Reading List
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 110 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 end of March. 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 in the main auditorium. We will have one final class that will be a field demonstration (depending on weather and arrival of the packages of bees). Class dates for 2020 are: January 28; February 4, 11, 18, and 25; March 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31st. Bee School Schedule 2019.
Cost of Bee School and Registering
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 2019 CLASS. PLEASE FEEL FREE TO DOWNLOAD ANY OF THIS INFORMATION.
2018 Bee School Schedule: Dates, Location, Topics
Here is the link to the 2019 Bee School Schedule of classes Bee School Schedule 2019.
Bee School Presentations
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”
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
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
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
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
Here is the PDF of the Swarm Control Preparations. Swarm Control
Here is the PDF of the Extraction Presentation. Extraction
Here is the PDF of the Final Test (2015). Final Test(2015)