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Beekeeping Courses of Local Chapters

Courses Scheduled for 2014 "School Year" - By County (start date)

Alamance (Jan. 14) Forsyth (Feb. 8) New Hanover (Jan. 6)
Appalachian (Mar. 8) Franklin (Apr. 5) Onslow (Mar. 15)
Beaufort (Mar. 6) Gaston (Jan. 27) Orange (Jan. 7)
Beekeepers of the Albemarle (Mar. 1) Guilford (Jan. 16) Person (Jan. 16)
Beekeepers of the Neuse (Jan. 7) Harnett (Mar. 15) Richmond (Mar. 22)
Buncombe (Mar. 1) Haywood (Beginner) (Feb. 22) Rockingham (Mar. 22)
Cabarrus (Jan. 14) Haywood (Intermediate) (Mar. 13) Rutherford (Jan. 18)
Caldwell (Mar. 15) Hoke (Feb. 4) Sampson (Apr. 8)
Caswell (Jan. 6) Iredell (Feb. 4) Scotland (Mar. 29)
Catawba (Mar. 5) Johnston (Feb. 5) Smoky Mountain (Apr. 5)
Cleveland (Jan. 25) Lincoln (Jan. 29) Stanly (Jan. 27)
Coastal Plains (Mar. 4) McDowell (Feb. 8) Tar River (Feb. 18)
Davidson (Feb. 24) Mecklenburg (Jan. 14) Wake (Mar. 29)
Davie (May 10)

NC State Apiculture Program, Beekeeper Education & Engagement System (BEES) (Feb. 5)

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Scheduled Courses

Alamance County (Burlington)

Title: Beginning Beekeeping Course
Begins: January 14 - March 18, 2014
When: Tuesdays, 7:00 - 9:00 PM (first class starts at 6:15 to allow for registration check-in)
Where: Agricultural Extension Office Auditorium
209 N. Graham Hopedale Road, Burlington, NC 27217
Cost: $65 (includes membership in ACB & NCSBA, building usage fee, and supplies) Additional family members are $31 without book.
Sponsor: Alamance County Beekeepers
Additional Information: This is a 24-hour course of instruction, 20 hours in the classroom and 4 hours in the field. We will have a Field Day on Sat., March 22. During the Field Day, we will spend 4 hours in a bee yard to gain hands-on experience in working with the bees. Even though you registered in advance, please come a little early, 6:15 pm, on the first night, Tues., Jan. 14, so that we will have time to issue nametags & handbooks and still be ready to start our class at 7:00.
Contact: To register in advance, please send you name, address, telephone number, e-mail address along with your payment to: Michael Alexandre, 2381 Lacy Holt Road, Graham, NC 27253. Please make check payable to Alamance County Beekeepers.

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Appalachian Beekeepers (Murphy)

Title: Basic Bee School
Begins: March 8, 2014
When: Saturday, 9:00 AM - Noon (or longer if there are questions)
Where: Mountain Folk Center
65 Folk Center Circle, Murphy, NC 28906
~9 miles west of Murphy on US 64 - on the left less than a mile past King's Leather (which is on the right)
Cost: Free! Reservation requested but not required.
Sponsor: Appalachian Beekeepers Association
Additional Information: This Bee School is a quick crash-course intended to provide enough of an introduction to hopefully push you off the fence and convince you to join the world of beekeeping this spring. The primary topics will include:
  1. Hive Components: What are the "pieces" of a hive? What kinds of boxes and frames are involved? This session is all about woodenware and wax.
  2. Tools and Clothing: Try on a bee suit, gloves, etc. Learn how to start and use a smoker. Get hands-on with the various tools that are helpful when working the bees.
  3. Basic Honeybee Lifecycles: You do not need a biology degree, but understanding some of the basics about the kinds of bees and their lifecycles is an important for knowing the health of your hives.
  4. Hive Management: So you are standing behind your open hive and looking at a box of bees… What now? How do you go about a routine hive inspection? Learn what you should look for and what you can do to keep the hive healthy.
  5. Pests: There are a number of different parasites, diseases and downright pests that can weaken and even kill a hive of honeybees. Here is an introduction to the "big ones" along with different treatment strategies.
For a more in-depth class, check out the Community Enrichment course on Beekeeping offered by Tri-County Community College (828-837-6810).
Contact: Zack Stockbridge (828-321-2171) or zackandjen2004@yahoo.com

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Beaufort County (Washington)

Title: Introduction to Beekeeping
Begins: March 6 - March 27
When: Thursdays, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Where: Beaufort County Agricultural Building
155-A Airport Road, Washington, NC 27889
Cost: TBD - check website at https://sites.google.com/site/beaufortcountybeekeepers/
Sponsor: Beaufort County Beekeepers
Additional Information: Purpose: These courses serve two purposes. First, the course content will provide new beekeepers, or those interested in beekeeping the basic knowledge to get started keeping bees with confidence. Second, this course will prepare students to take the Certified Beekeeper exam, which is the first level of the Master Beekeeping Program offered by the North Carolina State Beekeepers Association.
Contact: For more information, please contact Tom Garcia, President at either 801-706-7527 or at beaucobeekeepers@gmail.com.

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Beekeepers of the Albemarle (Elizabeth City)

Title: Beginner Beekeepers Class
Begins: March 1, 2014
When: Saturday, 9 AM to 5 PM
Where: N.C. Cooperative Extension Center
1209 McPherson St. Elizabeth City, NC 27909
Cost: $10.00 School plus $10.00 Book "First Lessons in Beekeeping"; School free to members
Sponsor: Beekeepers of the Albemarle
Additional Information: Registration begins at 8:30 AM day of class. Bring pencil and paper.
Contact: Beekeepers of the Albemarle or call any Board member. (See web site: http://www.beekeepersofthealbemarle.com for contact list)

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Beekeepers of the Neuse (Goldsboro)

Title: Beginning Beekeeping
Begins: Three separate classes beginning January 7th, January 9th, and January 11th.
When: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7:00 - 8:30 PM, Saturdays 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM. Last class Saturday, February 8th for everyone.
Where: Wayne Extension Office
208 W Chestnut St., Goldsboro, NC  27530
Cost: $25 + Book ("Beekeeping for Dummies")
Sponsor: Beekeepers of the Neuse
Additional Information: This class is meant for beginning beekeepers but everyone is welcome. There is no cost to anyone that has taken this course previously and wants to sit in and review.
Contact: For additional information, please contact Bill Thering, President, at beeboxes@coastalnet.com.

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Buncombe County/Center for Honeybee Research (Asheville)

Title: WNC Spring Bee School
Begins: March 1-2, 2014 (for 2 days)
When: Saturday, 10:00 AM - & Sunday, 4:00 PM
Where: Folk Art Center
Mile Post 382 - Blue Ridge Parkway, Asheville, NC
Cost: More info coming soon.
Sponsor: Buncombe County Beekeepers Chapter and
Center for Honeybee Research
Additional Information: The WNC Center for Honeybee Research and the Buncombe Country Beekeepers present this informative 2 day introduction to beekeeping. It is open to beginning beekeepers and all other with an interest in bees. Current beekeepers that are dues paid members of a local association interested in a "refresher" course are also welcome at a discounted rate. www.HoneybeeResearch.org
Contact: More details coming soon.

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Cabarrus County (Concord)

Title: Beekeeping Series for Beginners to Intermediate
Begins: January 14, 2014 (for 9 weeks)
When: Tuesdays, 7:00 - 9:00 PM 
Where: NC Cooperative Extension - Cabarrus County Center
715 Cabarrus Avenue West, Concord, NC, 28027
Cost: $43 (for series of 9 classes)
Sponsor: Cabarrus County Beekeepers Association &
NC Cooperative Extension - Cabarrus County
Additional Information: For beginners to intermediate adults interested in learning everything about bees, beekeeping and resources available to assist. Sponsored by Cabarrus County Beekeepers Association. Instructed by Bob Blackwelder. In the event of inclement weather during this series, follow local community college night class announcements. In event of class cancellation, series will extend another week.

The class is full but we are taking a waiting list. To sign up on the waiting list, continue the registration instructions, however you will not be paying for the class. If someone drops out prior to January 21, the next on the waiting list will be called to replace.
Contact: Register online at http://onlineservices.cabarruscounty.us/ReservePartner/, Cooperative Extension 2014 class registration . Call 704-920-3315 for assistance.

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Caldwell County (Lenoir)

Title: Beginning Beekeeping Class
Begins: March 15th & 22nd
When: Saturdays 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Where: Lenoir Public Library
120 Hospital Ave NW, Lenoir, NC 28645
Cost: $45 per person (includes course materials, textbook and a one-year membership to CCBA and NCSBA
Sponsor: Caldwell County Beekeepers
Additional Information: This course is designed for beginners and is a great refresher for current Beekeepers to enhance their general beekeeping skills. Our knowledgeable instructors will cover the history of beekeeping and getting started to seasonal management and the treatment of pests and diseases. The option to take the written and practical certification exams will be available after the last scheduled class and field day meeting on March 19. Pre-registration is not required but is recommended, as space is limited.
Contact: To reserve a spot in this class, contact Milton Foster, Caldwell County Beekeepers Association, at phone # 828 754 0799 or email your name, email address and telephone number to gmfoster99@yahoo.com.

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Caswell County (Yanceyville)

Title: Beginning Beekeeping Course
Begins: January 9, 2014 (for 10-12 weeks depending on weather)
When: Thursdays, 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Where: Old Court House, Yanceyville, NC
Cost: $50
Sponsor: Caswell County Beekeepers Association
Additional Information: The course is for new beekeepers and those who wish a 'refresher course' in beekeeping basics.
However, experienced hands and those just wanting to experience the joy of beekeeping are welcome to sign up. Course literature included. Those completing the course may take the exam to obtain their Certified Beekeeper Certificate, the first level required to become a Master Beekeeper.
Hands on field day included.
Contact: For more information, go to www.caswellcountybeekeepers.org

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Catawba Valley (Newton)

Title: Beginning Beekeeping
Begins: March 5 - April 2, 2014
When: Wednesdays, 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Where: Catawba County Extension Center
1175 S. Brady Avenue, Newton, NC 28658
Cost: $15, Covers class and book.
Sponsor: Catawba Valley Beekeepers
Additional Information: Class is meant for beginning beekeepers but everyone is welcome.
Contact: For additional information, contact Catawba County Extension Center (828) 465-8240

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Cleveland County (Shelby)

Title: Beginning Bee School 2014
Begins: January 25, 2014
When: Saturdays, 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Where: Cleveland County Extension Auditorium
130 South Post Road, Shelby, NC 28152
Cost: $20
Sponsor: Cleveland County Beekeepers
Additional Information: Class meets two days, January 25th and February 1st. For more information, please visit our website at sites.google.com/site/nccba1/home
Contact: To register, call Annie at (704) 482-4365. The deadline to register is Monday, January 20th at 5:00 PM.

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Coastal Plains (Tarboro)

Title: Beekeeping Short Course
Begins: March 4, 2014 for 4 weeks
When: Tuesdays, 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Where: Edgecombe County Auditorium
201 Saint Andrew St., Tarboro, NC 27804 (Entrance is located on East Granville Street.)
Cost: Free and open to the public.
Sponsor: Coastal Plains Beekeepers and NC Cooperative Extension
Additional Information: Meeting dates: March 4th, March 11th, March 18th, and March 25th.

These courses are designed for anyone interested in honeybees and beekeeping, as well as a refresher for the most advanced beekeeper.

The courses will cover topics such as bee biology, bee pests & diseases, apiary site selection, seasonal management, swarm prevention, the role of pesticides, as well as other topics. We encourage anyone with a passion for honeybees to attend. Honeybees play an integral role in the landscape pollinating our food crops and ornamental flowers; and don't forget that delicious honey. We hope to see you there!
Contact: For more information please call the Edgecombe County Extension Office at 252-641-7815.

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Davidson County (Lexington)

Title: Beginning Beekeeping Course
Begins: February 24 - March 24, 2014
When: Mondays, 7:00 - 9:00 PM (first class starts at 6:30 to allow for registration and check-in)
Where: Agricultural Extension Office Auditorium
Cecil School Building (336-242-2080)
301 E. Center Street, Lexington, NC 27292
Cost: $25 (includes a hive tool and a honey bee book)
Sponsor: Davidson County Beekeepers
Additional Information: The Davidson County Beekeepers Association would like to invite you to join our beginner beekeeping class. This class will help new beekeepers learn some basic skills needed to be successful in keeping honey bees. The class starts February 24, 2014 at 6:30pm and will continue the next 4 Monday nights 7pm until 9pm. This class is for beekeeping beginners to intermediate adults interested in learning about bees, beekeeping, supplies and tools available.
Contact: To register in advance, please call: Triad Bee Supply, 4062 Evergreen Drive, Trinity, NC 27370, 336-475-5137, info@triadbeesupply.com

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Davie County (Mocksville)

Title: How to Get Started in Beekeeping
Begins: May 10, 2014 (for 2 sessions)
When: Saturday, May 10th and 17th, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Where: Davie County Public Library
371 N Main St., Mocksville, NC 27028
Cost: $35 per person
Sponsor: Davie County Beekeepers Association
Additional Information: Topics Will Include:
  • Bee Biology
  • Suitable Apiary Locations
  • Bee Communication
  • Bee Pests and Diseases
  • Beekeeping Equipment
  • Honey Extraction
  • Beeswax Products such as candles and cosmetics.
  • Apitherapy
  • Plant Pollination
  • And More!
PLEASE REGISTER IN ADVANCE (we have limited seating). You may register at http://www.daviebeekeepers.org
Contact: George Snyder at (336) 492-2350 for more information or pre-register online now to reserve your seat.

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Forsyth County (Winston-Salem)

Title: Bee School 2014
Begins: February 8, 2014 for 5 Saturdays
When: Saturdays, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where: Forsyth County Agricultural Building
1450 Fairchild Drive, Winston-Salem, NC 27105
Cost: $60 with textbook, $45 without textbook
Sponsor: Forsyth County Beekeepers
Additional Information: Meetings dates: February 8th, February 15th, March 1st, March 8th, and March 22nd.

Registration available on the website at www.forsythbeekeepers.org
Contact: For more information or to contact an officer for additional information, please visit the www.forsythbeekeepers.org website.

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Franklin County (Louisburg)

Title: 2014 Beginner Beekeeping Course
Begins: April 5, 2014 (for 2 classes plus a field day)
When: Saturday, April 5th from 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday, April 6th from 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Saturday, April 12th from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Field Day)
Where: Louisburg College for Classroom Portions & Local Apiary for Field Day
Cost: $60 (includes First Lessons in Beekeeping Book) Register & Pay via www.franklincountybees.org/beginning-bee-class.
Sponsor: Franklin County Beekeepers
Additional Information: Who Should Attend:
  • Anyone interested in learning more about honeybees and their role in the environment
  • Anyone who has ever thought they would like to have their own colony of bees
  • Anyone interested in having bees to produce their own honey or pollinate garden/fruits
What is Included:
  • Textbook
  • Classroom Teaching (1 1/2 days)
  • Hands-on Field Day (1/2 day)
  • Equipment Catalogs
  • Mentoring Partnership Opportunities
  • Option to take NCS Certified Beekeeper test
Contact: Pre-registration is required at www.franklincountybees.org/beginning-bee-class

Questions? Email us at class@franklincountybees.org
or call
Betsey Spencer (919) 495-1450
Teresa Green (919) 556-9212

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Gaston County (Dallas)

Title: Beginning Beekeeping Corse
Begins: January 27, 2014 (each Monday for 10 weeks)
When: Mondays, 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Where: Citizens Resource Center
1303 Dallas-Cherryville Hwy., Dallas, NC 28034
Cost: $45 includes textbook and one year membership in Gaston County Beekeepers Association.
Sponsor: Gaston County Beekeepers Association
Additional Information: In addition to the classroom lectures, students will attend a fun filled day where they will put into practice the skills learned.

For more details, visit the Gaston County Beekeepers website at: http://www.gastonbee.org.
Contact: Jim Burke at the NC Cooperative Extension Office to register: 704-922-2112.

Pre-registration is required.

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Guilford County (Greensboro)

Title: Beginning Beekeeping Course 2014
Begins: January 16, 2014 (for 7 weeks)
When: Thursdays, 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Where: Guilford County Agricultural Center
3309 Burlington Road, Greensboro, NC
Cost: $25.00 for an individual, $35.00 for a family
Sponsor: Guilford County Beekeepers Association
Additional Information: The plan is for 5 teaching sessions, administration of the written portion of the NCSBA certified beekeepers examination to class members who have joined the NCSBA and desire to take the test. The 7th week is reserved for bad weather rescheduling and may be used for a bonus Q&A session. Tuition includes 1 beginner book, handouts, and 2014 membership in the Guilford Beekeepers Association.
Contact: For more information, call 336-740-1703 or go to website at Guilford County Beekeepers Association.

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Harnett County (Lillington)

Title: Basic Beekeeping
Begins: March 15, 2014 (for 3 weeks)
When: Saturdays, 10:00 AM - 2:30 PM with 30 minute lunch break from 12:00 - 12:30 PM
Where: Central Carolina Community College, Harnett County Campus
1075 E. Cornelius Harnett Blvd., Lillington, NC 27546-7672
Cost: $48.25 - Does not include book. Students must enroll before March 15th. No walk-in registration will be available.
Sponsor: Central Carolina Community College, Harnett County and Harnett County Beekeepers
Additional Information: The class will meet on March 15th, March 22nd, and March 29th and is being taught by Ellis Hardison. The book for the class is "First Lessons in Beekeeping" by C. P. Dadant and Keith Delaplane. Students are responsible for acquiring the book on their own. You may order it from Dadant by going to: Dadant's Online Catalog.
Contact: Please contact Barbara Avery at (910) 814-8823 at the Community College to enroll and for more information.

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Haywood County (Waynesville)

Title: Beginners Bee School
Begins: February 22, 2014
When: Saturday, 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Where: Haywood County Extension Office
589 Raccoon Rd, Waynesville, NC 28786
Cost: $35 which includes membership to Haywood County Beekeepers Association.
Sponsor: Haywood County Beekeepers
Additional Information: There will be a field day in April. A free package of bees will be given away to the winner of a drawing of all paid registered attendees.
Contact: Brother Allen at (828) 400-1735 or by email at bees@cbvnol.com or Haywood County Extention at (828) 456-3575.

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Haywood County (Waynesville)

Title: Intermediate Bee Schol
Begins: March 13, 2014 for 4 Thursday nights
When: Thursdays, 6:30 - 8:30 PM
Where: Haywood County Extension Office
589 Raccoon Rd, Waynesville, NC 28786
Cost: $40. Special rate to members of Haywood County Beekeepers: $20.
Sponsor: Haywood County Beekeepers
Additional Information: Meeting dates: March 13th, March 20th, March 27th, and April 3rd.
Contact: Brother Allen at (828) 400-1735 or by email at bees@cbvnol.com or Haywood County Extention at (828) 456-3575.

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Hoke County (Raeford)

Title: Beginner Beekeeper Course
Begins: February 4 - April 8, 2014 (9 sessions)
When: Tuesdays, 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Where: Hoke County Cooperative Extension Service
116 W. Prospect Ave. #1, Raeford, NC 28376
Cost: $60 includes all class materials, books, notebooks, and first year membership to Hoke County Beekeepers and NCSBA.
Sponsor: Hoke County Beekeepers
Additional Information: Classroom instruction, equipment construction, hands on in the hive experience included.
Contact: Gloria Thomas Lengel (910) 261-1160 or gtlengel@gmail.com

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Iredell County (Statesville)

Title: Intermediate Bee School
Begins: February 4, 2014 (4 classes plus 2 field days)
When: Tuesday, February 4, 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Monday, February 10, 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Tuesday, February 18, 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Tuesday, February 25, 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Field day dates and locations will be determined later
Where: Iredell County Agriculture Extension Building
444 Bristol Drive, Statesville, NC
Cost: $50 per person
Sponsor: Iredell County Beekeepers
Additional Information: The purpose of this course is to provide a higher level of beekeeper training (intermediate) to those who attend, so that if they desire, they will have enough knowledge to pursue the Journeyman level beekeeper certification at the state NCSBA meeting or other approved time/location.
Contact: John Redmond (704) 876-1244 or email your name, email address & telephone number to redmond8205@roadrunner.com

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Johnston County (Smithfield)

Title: Beginning Beekeeping Workshop
Begins: February 5, 2014 (8 weeks)
When: Wednesdays, 6:00 - 9:00 PM (February 5th - March 26th)
Where: Johnston County Agricultural Center
2736 NC Highway 210, Smithfield, NC 27577
Cost: $50.00 (books, snack, handouts, demonstrations)
Sponsor: Johnston County Cooperative Extension Service and Johnston County Beekeepers Association
Additional Information: This course offers the participant everything that a new beekeeper would need to know or have a good understanding of. Topics covered are: history of beekeeping, bee biology, seasonal management, equipment, and pest management.
Contact: Amie Newsome 919-989-5380 or amie_newsome@ncsu.edu.

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Lincoln County (Lincolnton)

Title: Beginner Beekeeper Class
Begins: January 29, 2014 (for 8 consecutive weeks)
When: Wednesdays, 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Where: Warren Citizen Center
115 West Main Street, Lincolnton, NC 28092
Cost: $45 includes membership in LCBA, membership in NCSBA, the book ("First Lessons in Beekeeping"), and lunch on field day.
Sponsor: Lincoln County Beekeepers
Additional Information: There will be also be a field day scheduled.
Contact: For more information, please contact Ralph Harland at (704) 807-6207.

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McDowell Honeybees (Marion)

Title: Bee School
Begins: February 8, 2014 (for 3 weeks plus field day)
When: Saturdays, 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Where: McDowell Technical Community College
54 College Dr, Marion, NC 28752
Cost: Free
Sponsor: McDowell Honey Bees
Additional Information: Pre-registration is required.
Classes meet Febuary 8th, 15th, and 22nd. The field day will be in April with the date to be determined.

Everyone is invited to attend the McDowell Honey Bees? highly popular Bee School – it's free and open to the public! Our annual Bee School fills to capacity every year, so be sure and sign up early
Contact: Register online at www.mcdowellhoneybees.org. Once the course is full, this registration will no longer be available For questions, email: mcdbeeschool@gmail.com or to register by phone, call Ed Speer at 828-724-4444.

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Mecklenburg County (Charlotte)

Title: Beekeeping School 2014
Begins: January 14  (through March 11)
When: Tuesdays, 7:00 - 9:00 PM 
Where: Providence United Methodist Church
2810 Providence Rd, Charlotte, NC  28211
Corner of Providence Rd. & Sharon Amity
Cost: $70 per person
Children are welcome and must be registered and accompanied by a registered parent.
Sponsor: Mecklenburg County Beekeepers
Additional Information: Who Should Attend:
  • Beginners interested in starting your own hive
  • Anyone interested in honeybees and their role in our environment
  • Established beekeepers who want to learn more
What's Included:
  • Textbook
  • 9 evening classes
  • Weekend bee yard event
  • Goodie Bag and door prizes
  • Equipment catalogs
  • Mentoring with experienced beekeepers to get "hands on" experience
  • One year membership in the Mecklenburg County Beekeepers Association and the NC State Beekeepers Association
  • A lot of interaction with people who are enthusiastic about beekeeping
Contact: Online Registration and Mail-in Form
Pre-registration is required and registration is limited.
Questions: meckbeeschool@gmail.com or 704.563.5636

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New Hanover County (Wilmington)

Title: Beginning Beekeeper Course
Begins: January 6, 2014
When: Mondays, 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Where: The Arboretum
6206 Oleander Dr., Wilmington, NC 28403
Cost: $55.00 (includes 1 year membership into North Carolina State Beekeepers Assoc. & New Hanover County Beekeepers Assoc.)
Sponsor: New Hanover County Beekeepers Association
Additional Information: Please arrive at 6:30 pm for the first class.
Contact: Deborah Flora, 910-762-9073 or honeybee@coastalnet.com

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Onslow County (Jacksonville)

Title: Beekeeper Short Course
Begins: March 15, 2014
When: March 15 from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM and
March 29 from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Where: Onslow County Multipurpose Complex
4024 Richlands Hwy., Jacksonville, NC 28540
Cost: $30.00 per person or $40.00 per couple. Includes the course textbook, "First Lessons in Beekeeping".
Sponsor: Onslow County Beekeepers Association
Additional Information: The Onslow County Beekeepers Association will teach students the basics of how to get started as a beekeeper. Students will learn about equipment, bee biology, seasonal management for optimum honey production, how to recognize and manage bee pests and more.

Students wishing to become Certified Beekeepers by the NC Beekeepers Association will have the option of taking a written exam and practical test on March 29th from 8:00 am to noon at the same location.
Contact: Those wishing to register can contact Eric Talley at 389-7709 or email at erictalley@ec.rr.com or Jeff Morton at 330-5732 or email at jeff_morton@ncsu.edu.

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Orange County (Hillsborough)

Title: Bee School
Begins: January 7, 2014 (for 10 weeks)
When: Tuesdays, 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Where: Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Hillsborough
1710 Old NC 10, Hillsborough, NC 27278
Cost: $65.00 Individual, $100.00 Couples, $30 4-H Youth (includes reference materials, text book, and OCBA membership)
Register at: http://theocba.org/bee-school-preregistration/
Sponsor: Orange County Beekeepers Association
Additional Information: Knowledgeable instructors will cover the history of beekeeping and getting started to seasonal management and the treatment of pests and diseases. At the end of the course, a hands-on beekeeping field day will be held where practices discussed in the classroom will be demonstrated. This course will focus on beekeeping using generally accepted practices with Langstroth style hives.
Contact: More information and preregistration available at: Orange County Beekeepers Assoc. Bee School

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Person County (Roxboro)

Title: Beginning Beekeeping Class
Begins: January 16, 2014 (for 10 weeks + field day)
When: Thursdays, 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Where: Person County Cooperative Extension
304 South Morgan Street, Room 165, Roxboro, NC 27573
Cost: $40 per person (includes one year membership to PCBA and the 1st Lessons in Beekeeping book)
Sponsor: Person County Beekeepers Association
Additional Information: This course designed for beginners is also a great refresher for current beekeepers to enhance their general beekeeping skills. Our knowledgeable instructors will cover the history of beekeeping and getting started to seasonal management and the treatment of pests and diseases. This course has it all! The option to take the written certification exam will be available during the last scheduled class and field day meetings. Class size is limited.
Contact: Pre-registration is not required but is recommended, as space is limited. To reserve a spot in class, contact the extension office at 336-599-1195 or send your name, address, telephone number and email to debbie_harrelson@ncsu.edu.

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Richmond County (Rockingham)

Title: Introduction to Beekeeping Workshop
Begins: March 22, 2014
When: Saturday, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Where: Richmond County Agricultural Complex
123 Caroline St., Rockingham, NC 28379
Cost: Class is free, but there is a $2.00 fee to help cover the cost of food.
Sponsor: Richmond County Beekeepers
Additional Information: We plan to have a hive of bees in a cage, on site (weather permitting). A light lunch will be served. A $2.00 fee will be charged to help cover the cost of food.
Contact: Register by calling the Ag Extension Office @ 910-997-8255

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Rockingham County (Wentworth)

Title: Beginning Beekeeping Class
Begins: March 22 (for 2 weeks)
When: Saturdays, March 22 and 29, 9:00 AM - 4:00 or 4:30 PM
Where: Rockingham County Agricultural Center
525 NC Hwy. 65, Reidsville, NC 27320 (actually located in Wentworth, NC)
Cost: $25 per person (includes instruction, book, handouts, refreshments, and a 2014 membership in RCBA)
Sponsor: Rockingham County Beekeepers Association
Additional Information: This course is designed for beginning beekeepers. Our instructors, who are experienced beekeepers, will cover topics from how to get started, to seasonal management, to the treatment of pests and diseases. Pre-registration is recommended, as books need to be ordered and handouts copied. (Pre-register by calling Barbara Tate at 336-635-8213 or Diane Hilliard at 336-656-3205.) Participants who attend both days may be eligible for financial assistance in purchasing their basic beekeeping equipment and bees. Children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by a paying adult.
Contact: Vernell Gillispie – vgillispie@rockinghambeekeepers.org, 336-635-2890

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Rutherford County (Rutherfordton)

Title: Beekeeping School
Begins: January 18, 2014
When: Saturdays, 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where: Rutherford County Annex
289 N. Main St., Rutherfordton, NC 28139
Cost: $35 per person or $60 per two family members. Includes materials and membership in the Rutherford County Beekeepers Association and NCSBA.
Sponsor: Rutherford County Beekeepers
Additional Information: Class Dates: January 18 & 25, February 1, 8, 15 & 22.

Registration will take place on January 18, 2013 at 8:00 a.m. at the school location.
Contact: To pre-register or for questions call Jackson Corbin at (828) 980-1823 or by email at jacksoncorbin71@yahoo.com

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Sampson County (Clinton)

Title: Beginner Beekeeper Course
Begins: April 8, 2014 (for 8 weeks)
When: Tuesdays, 6:00 - 9:00 PM
Where: Sampson Community College
1801 Sunset Ave, Clinton, NC 28328
Cost: $71.40 fee for the class and insurance
Sponsor: Sampson Community College
Additional Information: This is a 24-hour course of instruction and hive examination. John Mott is the instructor of the class. The NCSBA Master Beekeeper Program certified level exam and hands on practical will be offered at the end of the class. Certification includes membership in the North Carolina State Beekeepers Assocation and the Sampson County Beekeepers Association. This class is good for 2.4 CEC.
Contact: John Mott (910) 990-0448 for additional information or Alonzo Royal (910) 592-8081 to register

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Scotland County (Laurinburg)

Title: Beginning Beekeeping Workshop
Begins: March 29, 2014 (for 1 day)
When: Saturday, 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Where: Scotland County Cooperative Extension
231 E. Cronly St. Laurinburg, NC 28352
Cost: Free (request donations to cover the cost of lunch)
Sponsor: Scotland County Beekeepers
Additional Information: This workshop is for everyone that is thinking about becoming a beekeeper. Instructors will share the history of beekeeping, background, equipment and products involved with beekeeping. We will cover how to get started, when to get started and where to get supplies. We will assemble a hive and frames and show the use of beekeeping equipment. Weather permitting, we will have a live hive on site to demonstrate. Class limited to the first 40 students.
Contact: William Trivette 910-462-2493 or mobile 910-610-3369

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Smoky Mountain (Bryson City)

Title: Beginning Beekeeping Short Course
Begins: April 5, 2014
When: Saturday, 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM (Registration begins at 8:00 AM)
Where: Southwestern Community College
60 Almond School Rd., Bryson City, NC 28713
Cost: $25.00 per person, $20.00 if preregistered by April 1. Please send checks made out to Smoky Mountain Beekeepers to Betty Hartsell, 125 Gassaway Rd, Bryson City, NC 28713. Additional family members add $5.00 each. Club members pay only $5.00.
Sponsor: Smoky Mountain Beekeepers Association
Additional Information: This is a one day course directed at the new or beginning beekeeper. Long time beekeeper and Macon County bee school presenter, Tom Hill, will head the program. A follow up day at a bee yard is planned with the date to be announced at the school. Lunch is provided along with snacks. Door prizes including a complete hive without bees will given out. Topics of bee biology, architecture of the modern hive, management techniques and pests and diseases are among the subjects. This course will be a good review for all beekeepers as well.
Contact: Bill Williams 828-488-1391 or by email at wlwilliams@frontier.com for more information.

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Stanly County (Albemarle)

Title: Beekeeping School
Begins: January 27, 2014 (for 6 weeks)
When: Mondays, 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Where: Stanly Community College Albemarle Campus, 141 College Drive, Albemarle, NC 28001 in the WEBB Student Center
Cost: $15 - does NOT include beekeeper's book. Books may be purchased for $10.
Sponsor: Stanly County Beekeeper's Association
Additional Information: Instructor Bob Blackwelder will provide instrucition for beginners as well as advanced beekeepers.
Contact: Call (704) 991-0279 or (704) 991-0166 to register, or for more information.

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Tar River (Greenville)

Title: Beginning Beekeeping Course
Begins: February 18, 2014 - March 18, 2014
When: Tuesdays, 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Where: NC Cooperative Extension Service Pitt County Center
403 Government Circle, Greenville, NC 27834
Cost: $15 for Tar River Beekeeper members. $30 for non-members. The fee includes materials, textbook and refreshments.
Fees are due at the door on February 18th.
Sponsor: Tar River Beekeepers
Additional Information: The objective of this course is to introduce individuals to the craft of beekeeping. Upon completion of the course, participants should have a basic understanding of beekeeping skills that will allow the establishment of their own beehives. Course materials taught in this class prepare participants to become NCSBA Certified Beekeepers.
Contact: Contact Vice-President, Rick Coor by email at rickydcoor@bellsouth.net or President, Kirsten Lewis at kclewis11@suddenlink.net to pre-register.

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Wake County (Knightdale & Raleigh)

Title: Spring Workshop for Beginner Beekeepers
Begins: March 29-30, 2014
When: Saturday, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM and Sunday, 1:00 PM
Where: Saturday: Raleigh Police Club
3500 Leonard Rd., Knightdale, NC 27545 (Please note - GPS devices locate this address in Raleigh)

Sunday: Oak View County Park
4028 Carya Dr, Raleigh, NC 27610
Cost: $50 - Includes one year membership to both the WCBA and the NCSBA
Sponsor: Wake County Beekeepers
Additional Information: Interested in beekeeping, but unsure how to get started? Or, have you just started but have lots of questions? This intensive, informational workshop will help you successfully work with honeybees in North Carolina. A full day of classroom instruction is followed by an afternoon of guided, hands-on work in club-sponsored hives. Testing to become NCSBA Certified beekeepers is offered, and encouraged.

Classroom instruction will be held Saturday at the Raleigh Police Club at 3500 Leonard Rd. in Knightdale, with the hands-on portion following on Sunday afternoon at the club hives in Oak View County Park in Raleigh. Participation is limited to 60, and registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Register by March 15, 2014.
Contact: To register, visit the WCBA website and download the registration form.

For questions, contact WCBA president Sarah Myers (president@wakecountybeekeepers.org), secretary Kate Hanser (secretary@wakecountybeekeepers.org) or treasurer Margie Gurganus (treasurer@wakecountybeekeepers.org).

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NC State Apiculture Program, Beekeeper Education & Engagement System (BEES)

Title: BEES Online 'Beginner' Bee School
Start Date: Wednesday, February 5th, 2014
Number of Sessions: 3 sessions of independent study; 15 lectures for a total of 5.31 hours of online instruction; 4th session live Q&A with instructor
Day of Week and Time: Wednesdays
Where: Online through Collaborate Webinar Software
Cost: $48
Sponsor: NC State University and Cooperative Extension Service
Class Description: Each week will cover each course in the 'Beginner' level of the BEES network:
  • Week 1-BEES 1.01: Basic honey bee biology and life history (5 lectures, 1.66 hours total instruction)
  • Week 2-BEES 1.02: Introduction to beekeeping and hive management (6 lectures, 1.95 hours total instruction)
  • Week 3-BEES 1.03: Importance of bees and beekeeping to society (4 lectures, 1.71 hours total instruction)
  • Week 4-Collaborate Q&A with instruction

  • Participants will be responsible for reviewing the week's online materials on their own time. Taken together, the three courses create a condensed bee school of ~5.5 hours and 15 lectures total aimed at taking a complete novice to the point where they feel comfortable in starting their own hives. Each of the three 'Beginner' courses has an associated quiz, which is online and automatically graded in order to receive a downloadable personal eCertificate of completion. However, note that the BEES network is neither intended to replace nor supplant any existing Master Beekeeper Program, so passing (or even taking) these tests is not necessary and has no bearing on any MBP requirements. That said, these courses should be sufficient training to enable students to pass introductory (e.g., 'Certified') level tests for most MBPs, but separate arrangements need to be made for those programs.
    Contact: More information at http://entomology.ncsu.edu/apiculture/BEES.html, or email David Tarpy at david_tarpy@ncsu.edu

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