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Education > HCBA Classes

One Day Seminar

Beginning Beekeeping Course

Are you thinking about keeping honey bees and want more information? This one-day informational seminar will give you an overview of the considerations you need to help you decide if beekeeping is for you.

 

This is an informational course and is not intended to be a beginning beekeeper course.

The one-day seminar is designed as an overview of beekeeping. Topics include:

  • Benefits of keeping bees

  • Honey bee biology

  • Obtaining and setting up your equipment

  • Obtaining and installing your bees

  • Inspecting your hives

  • Products of the hive

 

Registration for the next One-Day Seminar that will be held in the fall of 2020 is not yet open.

Use the form here to receive information when the 2020 One-Day Seminar is scheduled.
 

If you are seriously considering keeping honey bees, or have decided to start this spring, this is the course for you! The 5-session Beginning  Beekeeper Course will give you the detailed information you need to get started.  

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

 

  • Getting Started in Beekeeping – What you need 

  • Apiary Site Locations 

  • Zoning Laws

  • How to Start Honey Bee Colonies – Ways to obtain honey bees

  • Honey Bee Biology and Behavior

  • Swarming and Its Prevention

  • Management of new colonies and Maryland Recommended Management Practices

  • Products of the Hive

  • Feeding Bees

  • Registering Your Bees with the State

  • Local Nectar and Pollen Plants

  • Honey Bee Pests, Diseases, and Other Problems 

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

 

Registration for the 2020 Beginning Beekeeping course is open.  Go here to register

 

To receive information when the 2021 Beginning Beekeeper course is scheduled, complete this form.