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5-Week Beginner Bee School, Thursdays, February 13 – March 12, Springvale, Maine


Thursday,February 13 – March 12, 2020

This 5-week beginner beekeeping course will introduce you to the honey bee colony, hive management and honey production, and is taught by a Master Beekeeper with over 10 years’ experience teaching beginner and advanced courses in southern Maine.

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Program Description

Participants in this 5-week introductory beekeeping course will learn about the:

  • honey bee colony;
  • constructing hives;
  • spring, summer and fall management;
  • honey production;
  • wintering hives;
  • identification and control of brood diseases; and
  • parasites and predators.

Beginner Bee School instructor is Larry Peiffer, Master Beekeeper and former Vice President of the Maine State Beekeepers Association, who has over 10 years of experience teaching beginner and advanced beekeeping courses in southern Maine. Through the York County Beekeepers Association, students will have the opportunity to visit local hives for observation and hands-on experience at a later date. Course fee also includes a texts, handouts, and a one-year membership in the York County Beekeepers Association.

Please pre-register by January 31, 2020.  After this date, please call the office at 207-324-2814 to see if any openings are still available.

For more information, visit the UMaine Extension York County Beekeeping Classes Website.

Limited financial assistance is available.  Please contact Elizabeth Clock at 207.324.2814 for more information.

If you are a person with a disability and need an accommodation to participate in this program, please call Elizabeth Clock at 207.324.2814 or 800.287.1535 (in Maine) 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.

Program Details


Thursday, February 13, 20, 27 and March 5, 12


6:00 PM – 8:30 PM


Downs Conference Room, 15 Oak Street, Springvale, ME 04083

Contact Name

Elizabeth Clock, UMaine Extension Staff

Contact Email

Contact phone

207.324.2814 or 1.800.287.1535 (in Maine)


Larry Peiffer, Master Beekeeper


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