Bee School

Status of bee course:  Session 9 completed.  FIELD DAY scheduled for Saturday, Mar 17, has been postponed to the next Saturday, Mar 24, due to an inclement weather forecast.  The NCSBA certified beekeeper exam is also postponed to Mar 24.  We will keep an eye on the forecast for Saturday, Mar 24.  If inclement weather is forecast for then, we will postpone to the following weekend.


Information on our 2018 course:

The Caswell County Beekeepers Association will be hosting a bee school starting in January 2018 and conclude about mid-March.  This is an ideal time to learn about beekeeping just prior to obtaining your first bee hives in late March to May – the beginning of bee season.

Registration:  Online registration is now CLOSED.   Contact Phil Barfield at for remaining seat availability in this year’s class.


Dates:  9 classes – Wednesday evenings, January 10 to March 14 – from 6:30PM to 8:30PM

Field day – Saturday, March 17 – meet in classroom (starts at noon).  See schedule.

Cost:    $70.00 – Includes instruction, book, binder, and handouts

$35.00 – For an additional accompanying family member or friend who will be sharing the book and materials

Registration fee includes 2018 CCBA membership.


Session 1 – Jan 10        Introduction to Beekeeping
Session 2 – Jan 24       Equipment
Session 3 – Jan 31       About the honey bee
Session 4 – Feb 7        The colony
Session 5 – Feb 14      Starting a Honey Bee Colony
Session 6 – Feb 21       Bees’ enemies, pests, and diseases
Session 7 – Feb 28      Food and water for your bees
Session 8 – Mar 7       Products of the hive
Session 9 – Mar 14      Managing your bees
Mar 24      Field Day

For an in-depth list of topics in the above class outline, please see 2018-CCBA-Beginning-Beekeeping-Course.pdf  (updated 1/25/2018).  The outline, topics, and schedule are subject to change.  Changes will be posted on this page.

All evening class sessions will be held in the basement of the Agriculture Building (126 Court Square) next to the Historic Courthouse in downtown Yanceyville, NC. Please park and enter from the back of the building on the lower level.  For directions, click on tab at top of the page.

For the field day on March 17 March 24, each student should bring a veil and any other protective equipment they feel comfortable with while working bees. The smoker and hive tool will be provided. The location and starting time will be given during the class. Please note the Field Day will be on a Saturday. Rain date for the Field Day will be March 24th March 31 (also a Saturday).  See 2018-Field-Day-Schedule.pdf

Questions?  Please e-mail