Our next Beginner’s Beekeeping class will start late January / early February 2020. Check Back December of 2019 for registration details.

Bristol County Beekeepers Association Beginner’s Beekeeping Course
Tuesday evenings 7:00 pm - 9:00pm  (Please arrive at 6:30 pm on week 1 for check-in.)

All bee school related questions can be directed to:  beeschool@bristolbee.com

BEE school

All classes are scheduled to be held on the campus of Bristol Community College, 777 Elsbree Street, Fall River, MA.02720

Classroom location L 101.

This is the course you should take if you are thinking about keeping bees, or if you have tried beekeeping and want to learn more about it or if you are just curious about bees!

The cost is $50 per person which includes a textbook, handouts and a 1-year membership to Bristol County Beekeepers Association.  Additional family members who wish to attend the class can do so for $25.00 each. This lesser fee does not include a textbook.

Subjects will include the biology of honeybees, how to acquire your first bees, buying or building a beehive, plants for the bees, diseases and how to treat them, queens, extracting and bottling honey. Colony management and a review of what to do during the four seasons, will give you an idea of what is involved. There will be lots of time for questions and answers, and a chance to talk to people who have just started as well as veterans with 100 hives who can talk about tons of honey.

Classes are held on Tuesdays evening, from 7 to 9 pm with a 15 minute break. There will be a general membership monthly meeting held during the course that students (as new members) are encouraged to attend.  If there are cancellations due to bad weather, Bee School will be pushed back a week*.  The school will also host a field day hive opening on the weekend for a "hands on" demonstration so students can get comfortable working around bees.   Scheduling of the field day is weather permitting and usually takes place following the completion of the classroom instruction.

Students will be given the option of being paired up with a “Bee Buddy”. Which is a veteran beekeeper from the club, that can help them continue to learn and experience beekeeping after the course ends.

*If any class is cancelled due to bad weather, there will be no bee school that night and that class will be rescheduled for the next available Tuesday evening at the end of the course. Students will be notified via email, the BrCBA website and/or Facebook.

BCC Campus Map

Spring 2019 Bee School Syllabus

“If the bee disappeared off the face of the earth, man would only have four years left to live.”
— Maurice Maeterlinck, The Life of the Bee