Bee School 2017

Registration for Bee School 2017 will begin in September.

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.

Bee School Information and Schedule

Classes will start the first week of February 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, 11, and 25.

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 FROM THE 2016 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. First night presentation.
Here is the PDF of the 2016 “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 are the talking points for Honeybee Anatomy and Biology. Bee Anatomy and Biology
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 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 (2016). Diseases & Pests
Here is the file on “Brood Growth” (class 2016). Brood Growth
Here is the PDF of the Hive Manipulation and Inspection (2015 class). Hive Manipulation and Inspection
Here is the PDF of the Honeybee Diseases and Pests (2015 class). Honeybee Diseases and Pests
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/Summer Preparations Presentation (class 2015). Spring/Summer
Here is the PDF Everett’s Management Presentation (2011). Everett’s Management Presentation (2011)
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 7

Here is the PDF of the Fall/Winter Preparations Presentation (2015). Fall/Winter Preparations (2015)

Session 9

Here is the PDF of the Pollen/Nectar Presentation. SPollen/Nector

Session 10

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