The Frederick County Beekeeping Association provides a three-day short course for beginning beekeepers on three consecutive Saturdays in January and/or February from 9AM-3PM daily. There is also an additional Field Day day in April (weather permitting). During the Field Day, new beekeepers get hands-on experience in opening and inspecting beehives.
Cost for the class is $75 (less for additional adults and for those between 12 and 18) which includes three full days of instruction, a copy of the “Beekeeper’s Handbook,” lots of snacks, and raffle prizes.
Several instructors will cover all aspects of beekeeping. This course will teach you everything you need to know to safely start and maintain a beehive. You won’t be a seasoned expert, but you will know enough to get started. See below for a typical course outline.
Unfortunately, the January 2017 FCBA Beekeeping Course is sold out. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org and ask to be added to the email list in order to receive advanced notice of next year’s course. Also, do not hesitate to join the club and attend monthly club meetings.