Education > HCBA Classes

We offer an informational seminar for those who want to consider beekeeping and a multi-session course for new beekeepers.  Read the descriptions below to decide which would be best for you.

One-Day Seminar

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

  • Inspecting your hives

  • Products of the hive


The 2021 One-Day Seminar is being planned.  Use the form here to receive information when the 2021 One-Day Seminar is scheduled.

Beginning Beekeeping Course

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 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 this year's Beginning Beekeeping Course is CLOSED. Go to this page to request to be placed on the waiting list. We'll call you if there is an opening. 

The 2022 HCBA Beginning Beekeeping course is being planned.  To receive information when the 2022 Beginning Beekeeper course is scheduled, complete this form.

Howard County Beekeepers Association, Inc is a not-for-profit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization.

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