ECBA Bee School for 2019

Bee School Info for registered students

  • When: Tuesday evenings from 7:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Duration: 9 weeks February 19th to April 16th, 2019
  • Location: Bee Building at Topsfield, MA Fairgrounds

  • BEE SCHOOL 2019 SYLLABUS - (1/27/19)

  • Contact Bee School


Registration for the 2019 ECBA Bee School has closed.

Those interested in pursuing Bee School this year are welcome to explore the other bee schools listed below.

The Essex County Beekeeper's Association is open to everyone - including experienced beekeepers, as well as those who wish to learn by participating in our monthly meetings, speaking with the ECBA members, and learning at our technical beekeeping meetings. Download an application to join ECBA.

Registration for the 2020 Bee School will begin in January 2020.

If you are interested in taking our 2020 Bee School, sign up HERE to get notified when registration opens in 2020.

About the Course: Practical Beekeeping

The Essex County Beekeepers' Association is offers 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 includes 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

There will be a workshop on building bee equipment. The final class is spent in the field working with live honeybees. Check the web site for updates.

Other Bee Schools

Other possibilities are to contact other County Bee Associations, Local Bee Supply Dealers, or North Shore Community College. Here are a few: