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Educational Programs - York County Intermediate Bee School

Intermediate Bee School: Spring 2017

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Course registration is closed, and class is underway. To be placed on an email notification list for our next Intermediate or Beginner course, please contact rebecca.gowdy@maine.edu, or call 207-324-2814.

Have you been keeping bees for a year or more, and do you want to learn more about the complexities of honeybees and beekeeping?

Participants in this 5 week intermediate beekeeping course will learn about

  • Honey Bee Anatomy
  • The Bee Nest
  • Honey Bee Communication
  • Foraging and Botany
  • Mating and Rearing Queens
  • Problems of the Hive
  • Making Splits, Divides, and Nuclei
  • Hive Manipulations

The course also includes a Field Lab where hive manipulations will be demonstrated and divides and nuclei will be made.  A pre-requisite of one full year of beekeeping experience is required.  Instructor is Larry Peiffer, Master Beekeeper, York County Beekeepers Association President and past Vice President of the Maine State Beekeepers Association. 

Where: Nasson Room – downstairs in the Anderson Learning Center,
21 Bradeen Street, Springvale, ME 04083

When: Wednesdays, 6:00 to 8:30 pm, March 1 – March 29; field lab later in the spring.

Course Fee: $95 – includes comprehensive beekeeping textbook and other related materials. and a field trip to visit local hives. A reduced fee of $50 may apply to one of a pair of students who choose to share the text and materials ($145/pair).

Sponsored by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension York County and the York County Beekeepers Association.

For more information, contact UMaine Extension in York County at 1-800-287-1535 (in state), 207-324-2814 or (TDD) 1-800-287-8957 or e-mail rebecca.gowdy@maine.edu.

If you are a person with a disability and need an accommodation to participate in this program, please call Frank Wertheim at 1-800-287-1535 (in Maine) or 207-324-2814 to discuss your needs. Receiving requests for accommodations at least 7 days before the program provides a reasonable amount of time to meet the request, however all requests will be considered.


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