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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!

Bee School Replay
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Missed This Year's Bee School?

Purchase video playback of our most recent Bee School, and gain valuable insight into current beekeeping practices + watch Q&A with leading experts.

If you bought Bee School tickets, video replay is included, and you do not need to re-purchase here. Please reach out if you didn't receive video links.

Bee School
Bee School
Jan 07, 10:00 AM EST
via ZOOM
1 Ticket / 4 Sessions 10AM - 12PM Jan 7 • Jan 14 • Jan 21 • Jan 28

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.

Topics 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


Session 1 - Saturday, January 7th
  • Basic Terminology and Equipment

  • The Colony and Its Organization

Session 2 - Saturday, January 14th
  • Setting Up Your Hive in Suburban Areas

  • Getting Started in Beekeeping

Session 3 - Saturday, January 21st
  • Navigating the Management of Your New Colony Through the Seasons

Session 4 - Saturday, January 28th
  • Bee Diseases, Pest Management and the Registration of Your Colonies


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

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