2023 Surry County Bee School and Junior Bee School Scheduled

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The Surry County Beekeepers Association and the N.C. Cooperative Extension, Surry County Center are excited to offer courses on beekeeping to both youth and adults!

The Junior Beekeeping Program will be held every Tuesday from February 7 – March 14 from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. and is a FREE program for youth ages 5 to 16 years old who are interested in beekeeping. Participants will learn the parts of a hive, the anatomy of a honeybee, how to light a smoker, open a hive, identify worker bees, and so much more. At the end of the program, participants will become a certified Junior Beekeeper! For more information, please see the Junior Beekeeper Program page.

Registration for the Junior Beekeeping program is required by January 31, 2023. Please call our office at 336-401-8025 to register.

The Beginning Beekeeping School will be held every Tuesday from February 7 – March 14 from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. and is offered to adults ages 18 years and older. Registration is required but there is no registration fee this year (Note: We can only accommodate 100 students). The recommended book for this year’s Bee School is “The Beekeeper’s Handbook, 5th Edition” by Diana Sammataro. You may request a book at registration time and pay for it at the first class or you can purchase online. Book is currently $26.68 on Amazon.

  • Introduction to beekeeping
  • The colony, organization, and life cycle of the honeybee
  • Equipment needed to get started
  • How to assemble equipment
  • Seasonal hive management of the colonies
  • Pests and diseases of the bees
  • Harvesting and processing honey and other hive products
  • A field day to work with the bees

To register, please call our office at 336-401-8025!

To check for more updates on the Bee School and the Surry County Beekeepers Association, please visit: