Beekeeping Courses

The University of Maine Cooperative Extension in Cumberland County holds beekeeping classes annually at the beginning of the year. (Classes offered each year will vary based on subject interest and instructor availability.)

The next beekeeping classes will be held in 2022. Classes are generally held in January and February. Please sign up below to receive an email announcement when the 2022 class registration opens.

2022 Beekeeping Classes:

Registration information coming soon!

Beginner Beekeeping: This is a great opportunity for new beekeepers, prior to their first year of bees, to learn the basics of honey bee biology and beekeeping.  It can also serve as a refresher course for beekeepers just now going into their first winter, and even those with a couple of years of experience who want to enhance their skills and knowledge. The Beginner Beekeeping course consists of 5 sessions and will be taught by John Hildreth. The 2022 course will be held on Wednesday evenings, 6 PM to 8:30 PM, from February 9, 2022, through March 9, 2022, with a snow date of March 16th. (Pending)

Intermediate Beekeeping: Honey Bee Diseases and Pests will be held online on February 10th & 17th from 6 PM to 8:30 PM.

This two-night class focused on Honeybee Colony health management through IPM strategies. Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is a colony level health management strategy that focuses on long-term prevention of pests and diseases or their damage through a combination of techniques such as biological control, habitat manipulation, modification of cultural practices, use of resistant varieties, and maximizing the natural strategies the bees themselves employ to improve colony health. Chemicals/antibiotic interventions are used only after monitoring indicates they are needed according to established guidelines and are made with the goal of minimizing use as much as possible.

This course will be taught by EAS Certified Master Beekeeper Erin MacGregor-Forbes.

Registration: Honey Bee Diseases and Pests

Advanced Beekeeping: Swarming and Swarm Management will be held online on March 3rd and 10th from 6 PM to 8:30 PM. This course will be taught by EAS Certified Master Beekeeper Erin MacGregor-Forbes.

Registration: Swarming and Swarm Management


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