Education > HCBA Classes

We offer an informational seminar for those who want to consider beekeeping and a multi-session course for new beekeepers.  Please read the descriptions below to decide which (or perhaps both?) would be best for you.
 

One-Day Seminar
Go to the registration page for more information; this seminar is only offered 'in person'.

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 session and is not intended to be a beginning beekeeper course.  If you are planning to keep honey bees, you will want to attend our Beginning Beekeeping 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

  • Local pollen and nectar sources

  • Products of the hive

 

The 2022 One-Day Seminar will be held on Saturday, November 5th at the Robinson Nature Center from 9:30 AM until 4:30 PM. 

Registration will open in August. 


 

Beginning Beekeeping Course

Registration for the 2022 Beginning Beekeeping course that begins on February 2nd is closed. If you are interested in attending, please contact us by emailing hocobeekeepersassoc@gmail.com. 

If you are seriously considering keeping honey bees, or have decided to start this spring, this is the course for you! The 6-session Beginning  Beekeeper Course (BBC) will give you the detailed information you need to get started.  

The course also 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

The 2023 HCBA Beginning Beekeeping course will be held at the Howard County Fairgrounds Dining Hall, from 7:00 PM until 9:30 PM,  starting on a date TBD in February for six consecutive weeks.  

Although we recommend that you attend this course in person, an online attendance option is available.

Registration for the 2023 BBC will open in August.