Beginner Beekeeping Classes

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Sponsored by the Oxford Hills Honey Bee Club and the University of Maine Cooperative Extension Oxford County.

Where: UMaine Extension Oxford County, 9 Olson Road, South Paris, Maine
When: Saturdays, February 29 – April 11, 2020 from 9:00 AM – 12:00 Noon.

The sessions are taught by area beekeepers, so the information is both practical and relevant to the climate in Western Maine. Class subjects include acquiring honey bees, setting up hives, disease prevention, harvesting honey, and hive management for each season. Students have the support of club members as they gain hands-on experience with their honey bees. Throughout the summer, club members hold Open Hive Meetings to demonstrate the application of the information that was presented in class.

The cost is $50 per person ($70 for a couple sharing a book), which includes the classes, handouts, and one-year membership in the Oxford Hills Honey Bee Club.

To reserve a space in the class, contact Carol Cottrill at 207.693.9226 or

If you are a person with a disability and need an accommodation to participate in this program, please call Carol Cottrill at 207.693.9226 or to discuss your needs. Receiving requests for accommodations at least 10 days before the program provides a reasonable amount of time to meet the request, however, all requests will be considered.

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