Beekeeping throughout the year is a variable process.
Fitting annual apiary duties with the rest of your life can be tricky. NC State Apiary Inspector Nancy Ruppert has given us a helpful list of what can be expected throughout the year for beekeepers in the Piedmont. Those outside of central North Carolina will need to adjust for local conditions.
|Jan 26, 2020||Jan 27, 2020
Macon County Beginning Beekeeping Class
Jan 27, 2020All day
Davidson County Beginning Beekeeping Class
Jan 27, 2020 –
January 25-April 6, 2020
Davidson County Extension Office
$60 per person, $20 students under 18 years of age
Beginner Beekeeping Class - includes 7 classroom session, 2 hand-on field days, course literature, 1 yr membership to Davidson County and NC State Beekeepers Associations, enrollment in mentor program, certificate of completion.
For more information or to register, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Extension office at (336) 242-2080.
Stanly County Practical Beekeeping
Jan 27, 2020 –
January 27 - March 16, 2020
Stanly County Agri-Civic Center
$30 per person. Book is purchased separately
To pre-register call Anne Houck at 980-322-3700 or email email@example.com
Gaston Beginning Beekeeping Class
Jan 27, 2020 –
January 27 - April 6, 2020
Gaston County Citizen's Resource Center/Cooperative Extension Office
This is a 10 week introductory course that is designed to help learn what you need to know to get started in beekeeping. The course covers Basic Bee biology, Castes, Anatomy, Life-cycles, Pheromones , Apiary Set-up, Wooden-ware & Tools/Equipment, Seasonal Hive Management, Honey Bee Diseases, Pests, Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Strategy and Treatment Options, and Harvesting and Extracting Honey.
$95 per student, includes classroom instruction, book, GCBA & NCSBA Membership, workshops, and mentor program
|Jan 28, 2020
Robeson Beginning Beekeeping Class
Jan 28, 2020All day
January 28 - March 3
OP Owens Agricultural Center
$ 30.00 Per Person
For information or to register, contact Nelson Brownlee at (910) 671-3276 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cabarrus Beginning Beekeeping Class
Jan 28, 2020 –
January 28-March 31, 2020
Cabarrus County Extension Office
$43 includes book
Follow us on Facebook at @cabarrusbees
Online registration at http://go.ncsu.edu/registercabarrus and then click on Horticulture programs
|Jan 29, 2020||Jan 30, 2020||Jan 31, 2020||Feb 1, 2020
McDowell Beginning Beekeeping Class
Feb 1, 2020 –
February 1-15, 2020
McDowell Technical Community College
$0, Optional textbook available
Everyone is invited to attend the McDowell Honey Bees' highly popular Bee School. Thanks to our local Farm Bureau, it's free and open to the public! Our Bee School fills to capacity every year, so be sure and sign up early.
In addition to guest speakers covering major topics of interest each day, there will also be honey tasting, a honey extraction demo, door prizes, and lots more! The course is open to anyone of any age interested in learning the basics of beekeeping, no experience needed.
Registration will open December 1, 2019 at http://www.mcdowellhoneybees.org
For questions, email email@example.com or call Ed Speer at (828)724-4444
Forsyth Beginning Beekeeping Class
Feb 1, 2020 –
February 1 - March 4, 2020
Forsyth County Cooperative Extension Center
$60 w/ book $40 w/o book $70 late w/ book $50 late w/o book plus $10 yearly membership
Register at https://fcba.wildapricot.org/event-3661538
|Feb 2, 2020||Feb 3, 2020
Pender Beginning Beekeeping Class
Feb 3, 2020 –
February 3 - March 9, 2020
Pender County Agricultural Extension Office Classroom
$85.00 / $100.00 per couple includes book and state and local dues
For information or to register, contact Tom Roper at (910)-471-3494 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Feb 4, 2020||Feb 5, 2020||Feb 6, 2020
Beekeepers of the Albermarle Beginning Beekeeping Class
Feb 6, 2020All day
February 6 - 27, 2020
Thursday Evenings 7-9 PM
Corinth Baptist Church Fellowship Hall
Register online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/beekeeping-101-tickets-84810533589?aff=ebdssbeac Online Registration only; no registration at the door.
A limited supply of Beekeeping for Dummies by Howland Blackiston will be on hand for purchase for $15.
For registration questions, please email email@example.com
Moore County Beginning Beekeeping Class
Feb 6, 2020 –
February 6 - March 28, 2020
Room 109, Van Dusen Hall
$75 per person, Book available in class for purchase.
Course will consist of both classroom instruction and hands-on training in an Active Apiary.
To register call 910-695-3980.
Instructors: Hugh Madison, Master Beekeeper 910-639-3565, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
|Feb 7, 2020||Feb 8, 2020
Scotland County Beginning Beekeeping Class
Feb 8, 2020 –
A half-day introductory course.
Scotland County Emergency Operations Center
$10 per person, includes course materials, lunch, and 1-year membership in Scotland County Beekeepers
1. Siting and setting up your hives, and costs of keeping bees
Visit the Scotland County Cooperative Extension Center, 231 E. Cronly St., Laurinburg, NC 28352 or call 910-277-2422
|Feb 9, 2020||Feb 10, 2020||Feb 11, 2020||Feb 12, 2020
Tar River Beginning Beekeeping Class
Feb 12, 2020 –
February 18-March 31, 2020
Pitt County Ag Center Auditorium
$60 per person with discounts for additional family members
The first night of class on February 18th will begin at 6:30 to complete sign and get class room materials.
|Feb 13, 2020
Johnston Beginning Beekeeping Class
Feb 13, 2020 –
February 13-March 9, 2020
8 weeks and 1 field day
Johnston County Extension Office
$95 member/ $110 Non-member ($40 spouse)
Beginning Beekeeper Course for 7 weeks of training and optional field day and optional 8th week for NCSBA Certification Written Exam.
|Feb 14, 2020||Feb 15, 2020
Caldwell Beginning Beekeeping Class
Feb 15, 2020All day
February 15-22, 2020
Two full Saturdays and a Thursday evening, plus optional Certified testing
United Presbyterian Church
$75 per person-- includes state and chapter membership, book, and other materials. Students 12 and under with a paying adult, $25-- includes state and chapter memberships; child will share book and materials with adult.
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, getting started, seasonal management, and the treatment of pests and diseases.
**Door prizes: 5-frame nuc, bee equipment and several other prizes (must be present to win.)**
Pre-registration is not required but is recommended, as space is limited.
Email email@example.com, register online at www.caldwellcobeekeepers.org, call Liz Cifu at 845-527-1215 or visit the Caldwell County Extension Office, 120 Hospital Ave NE, Suite 1, Lenoir, and give your registration to Tina Lovejoy.
Union County 2020 Fast Track Bee School
Feb 15, 2020 –
February 15 - March 14, 2020
Union County Library (Monroe Branch)
Adults $70/$50 for students includes book, 2020 club membership and tee shirt.
Students are $50 with a valid ID. Reimbursement given on the first day of class.
For more information or to register, contact Lynn Price at (561) 601-9872 or Brittany Ashurst at (704) 901-5252. Text please or leave a message. Please do not call multiple times and hang up.
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Harnett Beginning Beekeeping Class
Feb 22, 2020 –
Saturday, 1 day classroom and 1 field day to be announced
Commons Room at the Harnett County Home Health
$40 per person
Children 15 and under interested in beekeeping are free with paying adult. Young children are welcome to attend with a parent. Consider bringing something to keep children occupied for the duration of the classroom session as activities for children will not be provided by the association.
All participants should reserve their seats using the following online form - https://tinyurl.com/2020HarnettBeekeepingCourse
Questions can be sent to HarnettBeekeepers@gmail.com. More information can be found at https://www.facebook.com/HarnettCountyBeekeepers
Five County Beekeepers Beekeeping Basics for Beginners
Feb 22, 2020 –
1 Saturday + multiple optional field days throughout the 2020 season
Bennett Bunn Plantation Lodge
$55 per person for non 5CBA members; $40 for paid 5CBA members
Classroom presentations will cover the basics, from honey bee biology, beekeeping equipment, pests and diseases that affect honey bees, getting started with your own hives, and more. Students will receive additional hands-on instruction through a series of optional field days at the 5CBA apiary, scheduled throughout the 2020 season.
David and Debbie Holland (beeschool@5CBA.org) for registration questions.
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Franklin County Beginning Beekeeping Class
Feb 26, 2020 –
February 26-May 27, 2020
Franklin County Agriculture Extension Office
$70 per person / Includes book and first year membership fee.
For questions, contact Terry White at
For questions you may email Terry White at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Detailed information available on www.franklincountybees.org and Franklin County Beekeepers Association Beginner Beekeepers Bee School Sign-up Genius:
|Feb 27, 2020||Feb 28, 2020||Feb 29, 2020
Hoke Introduction to Beekeeping
Feb 29, 2020 –
116 W Prospect Ave
Hoke County Chapter of NCSBA is offering a short introduction into beekeeping class. The $25 fee provides 2020 membership in both the Hoke County Beekeepers and NC State Beekeepers Association.
To register, call or text Russ Hoskins, Hoke Chapter President at 910-494-2030.
Upcoming Bee Schools
- Mar 14, 2020, 9:00 am: Smoky Mountain Beginning Beekeeping Class
- Mar 14, 2020, 6:00 pm: Watauga Beginning Beekeeping and Apiary Mentoring Course
- Mar 21, 2020, 8:30 am: Chatham Introduction to Beekeeping Class
- Mar 28, 2020, 8:00 am: Richmond Beginning Beekeeping Class
- Mar 28, 2020, 9:00 am: Iredell County Intermediate Beekeeping Course
- Jul 16, 2020, All day: Summer Meeting