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February 21, 2017 thru April 18, 2017

Tuesday evenings 7:00p - 9:00p
Bee Building at Topsifield, Ma. Fairgrounds

Registration is now open. Fill out the registation form and mail it in. You can down load the registration form here

Bee School Contact information

Practical Beekeeping: Essex County Beekeepers' Association is offering a nine week course for beginning beekeepers and others with an interest in bees. Practical Beekeeping is an introductory level course designed to provide students, with no previous knowledge or experience with beekeeping, the necessary information and skills to keep honeybees and produce honey and beeswax. The course will include instruction on bee biology, required equipment, setting up bee hives, acquiring and installing bees, managing bees through the seasons, harvesting bee products, local bee supply dealers, a workshop on building bee equipment, and will culminate with one field session working with live honeybees. Check the web site for updates and course syllabus.

Hive PartsHive opening

One on One

If you have any special needs please notify ECBA in writing @ ECBA Attn: Bee School, PO Box 10, Topsfield, MA 01983-0010 no later than February 6, 2017.
You may also email Bee School Chairman.

Other Bee Schools

Other possibilities are to contact other county Bee Associations, Local Bee Supply Dealers, or North Shore Community College. A list of other local Beekeeping Schools follows:
The Bee School Salem State University
Salem MA 01970
Information at:
"Beekeeping for Beginners"
Feb. 28 thru March 28; Runs Tuesdays 7-9pmr
Mass Audubon’s Drumilin Farm & Wildlife Sanctuary, Lincoln, MA
Acton-Boxboro Community Education
January 21-February 25 (no class 2/18)
5 Saturdays, 9:30-11:30am
A-B High School 16 Charter Rd., Acton, MA, 01720
Crystal Bee Supply
4/1/17 or 4/4/17. Wednesday night 7:00-9:00pm or Saturday afternoon 1:00-3:00. The cost is $80 18 Lake Street, Peabody, MA 01960
Beekeepers' Warehouse
1 Sullivan St. Woburn, MA 01801
Tyngsborough Recreation Center
5 Sundays, 5 - 7pm
Starting February 12, 2017
120 Westford Rd, Tyngsborough, MA
Dave and Mary Mansur
Location: Waldorf School at Moraine Farm
701 Cabot St, Beverly, MA 01915
March 8, 15, 22, 19 from 7:00 to 9:00pm
Hive opening in April; cost is $40 plus supplies
Boston Area Beekeepers' Association
The BABA 2017 bee school started on 1/26/17, but may be a resource for future learning.