2021 Beginner Beekeeper Education Assignments

Instructors often request students to prep for the class by completing selected readings and/or viewing videos. You have invested valuable time and dollars by enrolling in and attending this class. Get the most for your investment and complete the recommended work prior to class… your bees will appreciate it!

All reading is from The Backyard Beekeeper 4th Edition, unless otherwise indicated.

DateModule NameInstructorRecommended Reading Recommended ViewingInstructor Material
Before ClassWhy Bees are Disappearing
We can save bees together
Jan 11IntroductionPat Roe
Welcome to your Journey into Beekeeping.Kim BaileyIntro & Getting Started p.11-31
Terminology & Parts of the Hive DemonstrationsShane MastersonEquipment--p.32-41
Top Bar Hive-p.41-52
Suits and Equipment-p.52-62
Beekeeping Equipment for Beginners
Jan 18Getting Started with BeesJim Poe/Pat RoePackages--p.116-123
Record Keeping-p.131-132
Hive Inspections-p.132-139
Package install-Randy Oliver
Package install-Maine Master Beekeeper
Getting Started with Bees
Jan 25Life Cycle of a BeeJanet PetersonBee biology & Life cycle -p.75-111Bee Biology-Jamie Ellis
Bear FencingWill GarveyHow To Electric Fence for BearsBear Fence Power point
Feb 1Spring Seasonal ManagementScott DavisSeasonal & swarm management--p.180-189
Feb 8Summer/Fall Seasonal ManagementScott DavisSummer management—p.168-172
Honey collection & extraction—p.172-179
Feb 15Diseases and Parasites of the hiveLewis CaubleIpm / varroa-p.139-166
Feb 22