Classes and Events

Call us to sign up for beekeeping classes and events, including beginner beekeeping and hive maintenance classes and demonstrations.

207-773-9333

Phil Gaven, EAS Master Beekeeper, is the course instructor for all classes, unless otherwise stated.

All classes are limited to 13 students per session to ensure a great learning experience for all.

Beekeeping Through the Seasons:

  • Session 1 - Saturday April 13th, 10:30-12:30 - Spring Management
  • Session 2 - Saturday May 25th, 10:30-12:30 - Summer Management and Integrated Pest Management
  • Session 3 - Saturday August 24th, 10:30-12:30 - Fall Management

This is a condensed version of our Beginner Beekeeping course for beginners to learn about setting up a new hive, managing it throughout the season and getting ready for winter. Weather permitting, the class will be followed by a hive inspection outside.

Fee
$40 each for one or two sessions
$100 for all three sessions
Recommended reading: "The Backyard Beekeeper" (Flottum), $24.95


Swarm Workshop:

  •  Saturday May 4th, 10:30-12:30

Swarm management is an important part of good beekeeping, especially in urban and suburban environments.  This class will provide an understanding of the triggers for swarming, managing for swarm prevention, and catching and trapping swarms when they do occur.  Weather permitting, the class will be followed by a hive inspection outside.

Fee
$35

Recommended reading: "Swarm Essentials" (Repasky),  $20


Nucleus Colony Workshop:

  •  Saturday May 18th, 10:30-12:30

Nucleus colonies are the key to sustainable beekeeping.  This class will discuss the why, how, and when to make different types of nucleus colonies for increase, sale, or backup against winter losses.  Weather permitting, the class will be followed by a hive inspection outside.

Fee
$35
$100 for class with double nuc box

Recommended reading: "Increase Essentials" (Connor), $25 

Winter Preparations Workshop:

  •  Saturday September 7th, 10:30-12:30

Winter survival can be the biggest challenge for beekeepers in the northern latitudes.  Now is the time to start getting your hive ready for a long, cold season.  Learn about varroa mite control, fall and winter feeding, and insulation for temperature and moisture protection.

Fee
$35