Bee School

Information on our 2020 course:

The Caswell County Beekeepers Association is hosting a 9 week bee school to start in January 2020 and will conclude in 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:  Registration is now OPEN.  Please print and fill out the registration form and mail it to the address shown along with your payment <click here>.

 Dates:  9 classes – Wednesday evenings, January 22 to March 18 – from 6:30PM to 8:30PM

Field day – Saturday, March 21 – meet in classroom (starts at noon).  See field day schedule .   For the field day, 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.

Cost:    $75.00 – 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 2020 CCBA membership.

Topics:

Session 1 – Jan 22        Introduction to Beekeeping
Session 2 – Jan 29       Equipment
Session 3 – Feb 5         About the honey bee
Session 4 – Feb 12       The colony
Session 5 – Feb 19        Starting a Honey Bee Colony
Session 6 – Feb 26       Bees’ enemies, pests, and diseases
Session 7 – Mar 5        Food and water for your bees
Session 8 – Mar 11       Products of the hive
Session 9 – Mar 18     Managing your bees
Mar 21                             Field Day

For an in-depth list of topics in the above class outline, please see 2020-CCBA-Beginning-Beekeeping-Course.pdf.  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 March 21, 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 28 (also a Saturday).  See 2020-Field-Day-Schedule.pdf.

At the conclusion of the course, you will have the option of taking the written exam portion of the North Carolina State Beekeepers Association (NCSBA) Master Beekeeper Program to be on your way to become a NCSBA Certified Beekeeper.  Membership in NCSBA is separate from CCBA and is required before you take the exam.

Questions?  Please e-mail ccba@caswellcountybeekeepers.org.