Bee School

Bee School

Learn the essential skills necessary to becoming a great beekeeper! Held in January each year, and covering fundamental topics in Connecticut Beekeeping, this intensive 4-day workshop immerses you in the concepts needed for beekeeping success.

Get your start in beekeeping or brush up on your skills!


Sessions Include

  • Beekeeping Terminology and Basic Equipment

  • The Colony and Its Organization

  • Getting Started with a Packet of Bees

  • Colony Management

  • Suburban Area Hive Management

  • Seasonal Hive Management

  • Fall and Winter Preparations

  • Bee Diseases and Colony Registration

Are you new to beekeeping?

Get started on the right track. From terminology to setup and organization of your first hive to coverage of diseases that affect bees and honey production here in the Northeast, our Bee School sessions offer instruction and guidance from knowledgeable beekeepers and experienced professionals.

Already an experienced beekeeper?

Learn more about winterizing your colony or fighting disease, discuss the latest techniques and get advice from local professionals, swap stories, and elevate your beekeeping knowledge. Join CBA and sign in to use your membership discount.

Bee School 2022
Member Discount
Register once to receive videos from all four sessions!
Jan 08, 10:00 AM EST – Jan 29, 12:00 PM EST
Online via Zoom


Session 1 - Saturday, January 8th
  • Basic Terminology and Equipment, Dr. Dewey Caron

  • The Colony and Its Organization, Bill Hesbach

Session 2 - Saturday, January 15th
  • Setting Up Your Hive in Suburban Areas, Steve Dinsmore

  • Getting Started in Beekeeping, Randy Oliver

Session 3 - Saturday, January 22nd
  • Navigating the Management of Your New Colony Through the Seasons, Randy Oliver

Session 4 - Saturday, January 29th
  • Bee Diseases, Pest Management and the Registration of Your Colonies, Mark Creighton


Dr. Dewey M. Caron

Dr. Caron is an Emeritus Professor of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware, and an Affiliate Professor, in the Department of Horticulture, at Oregon State University. He spent over forty years teaching and doing research at Cornell University, the University of Maryland, and the University of Delaware. He has authored ten books on the care of honey bees and is a regular contributor to the American Bee Journal.

Mark H. Creighton

State of Connecticut Apiary Inspector

Steve Dinsmore

Past President, Connecticut Beekeepers Association

Bill Hesbach

EAS Certified Master Beekeeper

President, Connecticut Beekeepers Association

Randy Oliver

Randy is a renowned speaker, educator, bee biologist, leading researcher, commercial beekeeper, and regular contributor to the American Beekeeping Journal. He is one of the premier beekeeping speakers in the U.S. and the owner/author of