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2024 Beginning Beekeeping Course Registration

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If you are seriously considering keeping honey bees, or have decided to start this coming spring, this is the course for you! The 8-session Beginning  Beekeeper Course (BBC) plus the field day will give you the detailed information needed to start well.  

Registration includes membership to HCBA for 2024 (up to a $30 value)!  Go here to view all the benefits available to our members.

The course also includes an additional hands-on field day. A sample of the topics covered includes: 


  • Honey Bee Biology and Behavior

  • Preparing to keep Bees: Zoning, Apiary Site Locations, and other considerations

  • Ways to Obtain Honey Bees

  • How to Start Honey Bee Colonies

  • Foraging, Food, and the Nectar Flow

  • Inspecting Colonies and Recommended Management Practices

  • Feeding Bees

  • Registering Your Bees with the State

  • Honey Bee Pests

  • Honey Bee, Diseases

  • And much more – Including demonstrations and hands-on opportunities

When:  Starting Wednesday, January 31, 2024

              for eight consecutive Wednesdays

              (7 - 9:15  PM)  plus one field day

Where:  Howard County Fairgrounds Dining Hall


Registration:  $75 Individual, $40 for each additional family member; $10 for each child between 8 and 14 years of age                     

Required Textbook:

You will need to obtain a copy of The Beekeeper's Handbook, 5th edition, by Diana Sammataro and Alphonse Avitabile for the course. You can find or order the book at most booksellers.

Beginning Beekeeping Course Registration Form

Complete this form to register for the online Beginning Beekeeping course, then select the "I am not a robot" item before selecting the Submit button to go to the payment page.

Individual registration is $75, plus $40 for each additional family member; $10 for each child between 8 and 14 years of age.


Registration includes membership to HCBA for 2024 (valued up to $30 )! Go here to view all the benefits available to our members. 

Don't forget to get the textbook! (See above for details)


If you have children who are under 8 years of age, and are interested in attending, please attend online.

Registration Type
Payment Method

When paying by check or money order, submit this page with your payment.

Please list the names of the other adults that will attend the course with you, as well as the names and ages of children 8-14 years of age.

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