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 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. 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 5, 12, and 26; March 5, 12, 19, and 26; and April 2, and 9.
Cost of Bee School and Registering
The cost of bee school is $50.00 per person or family. We produced our own course manual for this year. This is free to on 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, Bee School Director and President of the NCBA 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)
Bee School Presentations
Here is the course outline for the 2013 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 and Nuc 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. First Test Answers
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 Bee Biology/Pets & Diseases Test Answers. Bee Biology and Pests/Diseases Test Answers
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
Here is the PDF of the test for Session 4 Answers. Session 4 TEST ANSWERS
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 Answers to Session 5 TEST. Session 5 TEST Answers
Here is the PDF of the Session 6 PDF Presentation. Session 6 Presentation
Here is the PDF of the Session 8 PDF Presentation Pollen/Nectar. Session 8 Presentation