Bee School (Beekeeping Classes)

2014 Bee School

REGISTRATION FOR THE 2014 PWRBA BEE SCHOOL IS CLOSED & CLASSES ARE FULL. 

PLEASE CONSULT THE LIST BELOW FOR OTHER CLASSES IN THE AREA &/OR  ONLINE CLASSES

There are similar beekeeping classes in Northern Virginia, Alexandria, Centreville, Loudoun, Fauquier, Culpepper, Woodstock, the Northern Neck, Madison, Lynchburg area, Winchester & D.C. offered by the Northern Virginia Teaching Consortium. See link below to see the list of classes: http://pwrbeekeepers.com/education/no-va-teachers-consortium/

Are you interested in learning more about bees and beekeeping, but don’t necessarily want to keep bees, or make a commitment to an 8-week course?  There are many internet based short courses or even a local Adult Ed class in Arlington. Below are a few examples:

  • North Carolina State University offers on-line, self-paced classes at various levels of mastery.  It is called Beekeeper Education and Engagement System (BEES).  Generally $25 per course.   http://www.cals.ncsu.edu/entomology/apiculture/BEES.html
  • Pennsylvania State University offers an on-line course called “Penn State Beekeeping 101”.  Tuition ranges from $129 – $189.  Enrollment gives the student access to the program and materials for a year.
  • Arlington Adult Education offers a 3-hour evening class, “Help the Honeybees!” on February 11, 2014, for $10.  The class is taught by Beekeepers Association of Northern Virginia’s (BANV) very own Paul Diehl.

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2014 Bee School

The Prince William Regional Beekeepers Association will offer Practical Beekeeping for Beginners this winter (2014) in collaboration with the Northern Virginia Teachers Consortium. The class is designed primarily to teach people who want to keep bees. Classes are intensive and meet once a week in the evenings for approximately an 8 week period.

Applications for Bee School 2014 can be downloaded here: 2014 PWRBA Bee School Application FORM b  There has been a significant demand for these classes so it is imperative that you contact us and apply early. Open House will be Sat. Nov. 23rd from 12 -2 pm at the Manassas Church of the Brethren.  Classes will start in January, 2014 and meet on Thursday evenings, 7-9 p.m.

Contact:[email protected]  * Bee School Principal: Louise Edsall: 703-987-8172  * Intro Bee School Class Registrar:  Craig Staresinich: 703-830-8282

PWRBA Bee School: The Prince William Regional Beekeepers is part of the Northern Virginia Teaching Consortium. We teach Introduction to Practical Beekeeping classes in Manassas every winter. Beginning classes are open to adults and children (age 10 and over and accompanied by an adult) and geared to those who want to keep honeybees. In the beginning classes you will learn: History of Beekeeping  * Life Cycle and Biology of Honeybees * Set up and Maintenance of Beehives * Seasonal Hive Management * Beekeeping Equipment & Supplies * Integrated Pest Management * Sustainable Beekeeping * Nectar Sources * Where to Get Bees * Installation of Honeybees into a Colony * and more.

Tuition: $100.00 (Family or Individual) includes: 8 weeks of classroom instruction *Books * CD with lecture notes * 1 year membership in Prince William Regional Beekeepers Association * Beekeeping Mentor * Field Day *Links to where to get bees *

We encourage you to attend our club events and activities as well as State and other regional meetings. See the Calender on our website.

Getting Bees.  PWRBA encourages all new beekeepers to start with 2 colonies or hives of bees.  We will connect you with various regional sources to purchase bees.  We strongly encourage you to order at least 1 nucleus colony (nuc) of bees in lieu of a package & for many years we have instituted this practice in our Bee School with great success.  Several “citizen science” studies have shown that nucleus colonies of bees- commonly called nucs- are more likely to perform better in part because a nuc is like a mini colony of bees, they are already functioning together, and they are more likely to be headed by  queens with more hygienic and regionally adapted traits. Click here for more information.

The PWRBA Bee School will work closely with the PWRBA nuc coordinator and others to connect you to a variety of nuc producers, many of whom are PWRBA club members or local to the region. Click here for more information on our nuc program and ways to get bees.

There are similar beekeeping classes in Northern Virginia, Alexandria, Loudoun, Fauquier, Culpepper, Woodstock, the Northern Neck, Madison & Winchester offered by the Northern Virginia Teaching Consortium. Click here for more information.

A re you interested in learning more about bees and beekeeping, but don’t necessarily want to keep bees, or make a commitment to an 8-week course?  There are many internet based short courses or even a local Adult Ed class in Arlington. Below are a few examples:

  • North Carolina State University offers on-line, self-paced classes at various levels of mastery.  It is called Beekeeper Education and Engagement System (BEES).  Generally $25 per course.  Click here for more information.
  • Pennsylvania State University offers an on-line course called “Penn State Beekeeping 101”  Tuition ranges from $129 – $189.  Enrollment gives the student access to the program and materials for a year.
  • Arlington Adult Education offers a 3-hour class called “Help the Honeybees!” each year in the fall.  It is taught by Paul Diehl, a local long-time beekeeper from Northern Virginia.   Click here for more information.