2020 Beginner Beekeeper Education Assignments

Instructors often request students to prep for the class by completing selected readings and/or viewing videos. You have and will 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 13IntroductionPat 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
Jan 20Opening remarksPat Roe2020 Bee School Opening remarks week 2
Bear FencingWill GarveyElectric Fence Guide for bearsHow To Electric Fence for BearsBear Fence Power point
Getting 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 27Life Cycle of a BeeCarl ChesickBee biology & Life cycle -p.75-111Bee Biology-Jamie EllisCarl Chesicks Power Point
Feb 3Spring Seasonal ManagementBurton BeasleySeasonal & swarm management--p.180-189Swarm and spring management (long)
Swarm Control
Spring Management
Feb10Summer/Fall Seasonal ManagementScott DavisSummer management—p.168-172
Honey collection & extraction—p.172-179
Feb 17Diseases and Parasites of the hiveLewis CaubleIpm / varroa-p.139-166