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Website Registration for our Beginning Beekeeping Course is CLOSED!


One-Day Seminar
Thank you to all who attended our 2023 Seminar!  
Stay tuned for our 2024 Seminar date

9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Robinson Nature Center
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

  • Basic honey bee biology

  • Obtaining and setting up your equipment

  • Products of the hive

  • Local pollen and nectar sources

  • How you can help pollinators

  • Do you want to be a beekeeper?



Registration for our 2024 One Day Seminar will open in August of 2024.

Beginning Beekeeping Course

8  Sessions, starting Wednesday, January 31, 2024

7 PM  - 9:15 PM

Howard County Fairgrounds Dining Hall

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) will give you the detailed information needed to start well.  

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

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